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Vaping veterans - do you remember when you first switched from smoking analogs to using electronic cigarettes? How did it feel? Some people feel sick and have flu-like symptoms for the first few weeks after making the switch. Both people who quit smoking tobacco cigarettes altogether and those who alternatively use e-cigs can feel these symptoms. This is commonly called the "Smoker's Flu".
Smoker's Flu symptoms
The Smoker's Flu is not an actual flu, but feels like it because of the flu-like symptoms that many new vapers experience. Symptoms can include:
- Sore throat
- Tightness in the chest
Sounds like the flu to me! Actually, many of these symptoms are brought on by your body's reaction to the withdrawal from the chemicals found in analog cigarettes. Both people who quit smoking tobacco cigarettes and those who alternatively use e-cigs can feel these symptoms. They usually only last one to two weeks.**
When I first made the switch I used both analog cigarettes and e-cigarettes together. I experienced the headaches and coughing, both of which I attributed to the analogs and too much nicotine intake. It wasn't until I fully committed to vaping that I experienced the Smoker's Flu. It felt like having a bad cold for a few days. I took over-the-counter medicine for my symptoms, cough medicine and de-congestion pills. By the fourth day, I felt like I could resume my vaping habits and haven't felt those symptoms since!
If you or anyone you know experiences this, tell them to drink a lot of fluids and try not to chain-vape
. Vaping often produces dry mouth, so drinking water often helps.
Tell us about your experience with switching to vaping. Were you lucky enough to switch without getting the Smoker's Flu?
: Vapor4Life electronic cigarettes are not smoking cessation devices. They are meant as an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. Vapor4Life is not a health organization and does not give medical information. Please see your physician for any questions you may have about electronic cigarettes and your health.