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Are Headaches From Vaping Really A Big Problem?

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Vaping is the common activity of exhaling and inhaling vapor produced through a device. If you have not heard of vape yet, you might know what e-cigarettes are. Around 4 million people around the world are indulged in vaping. This is because, it is now regarded a alternative for smoking cigarettes. Just like any other smoking addiction, vaping has side effects as well which include headaches, dehydration, anxiety and hair loss from extreme nicotine use, to name a few.

Even though vaping and nicotine addiction are not deemed as serious as other addictions, it can still cause a lot of problem to the host. While full-time resident facilities might not be necessary for nicotine addiction, an outpatient treatment program is a must if you find yourself addicted to nicotine.

Here we explore if headaches from vaping are really that much of a problem:

E-Cigarettes Give You A Headache

Yes! Vaping cause headaches. In fact, one the most common side effects is headaches. Alongside headaches, other common side effect is dry and sore throat, which we will talk about as well. Now the causes of headaches and the types of vaping headaches may vary, but it is certain that every vaper experiences one form or another. On the other hand, some vapers disclosed that when they started using the device, the amount of nicotine in those E-cigarettes triggered their headaches, but with time, it can increases and get worse.

In that case, your normal headaches will soon turn into migraines!

Vaping Triggers Migraines

If vaping give you headaches, then we have a bad news for you. It might just be the beginning and those headaches will progress to become migraines. The frequency as well as intensity of these migraines can increase depending on the use.

The number one cause of this side effect is the e-juice. So far, there is not much clarity on which ingredient or component in the e-liquid causes headaches because people are sensitive to different components present in e cigarettes. It could be too much PG (propylene glycol) or VG (vegetable glycerin). Just like smoking. Because of a number of factors like sensitivity of senses of human body and the components used in e-cigarette, you cannot really pin point what component is it that is triggering headaches or worse, migraines. There could be another reason behind vaping triggering a headache!

Some consumers have shared that certain brands and flavors trigger their headaches which increases to macroscopic levels and vaping results in anxiety if continuously used for longer periods of time.

Vaping Causes Anxiety

Vaping and anxiety are both the factors of a viscous cycle. People might start vaping because they have anxiety, and side effects of vaping in turn makes them more anxious. But that is not a healthy way to go about your anxiety! The first step to the progress is identifying your triggers. Once you know your triggers, it will be easier for you to quit whatever it is that’s causing you stress.

If you find out that vaping is the reason for your, look out for a healthy vaping treatment option and reach out of professionals to help you.

Vaping Causes Dehydration

Another common side effect which vapers suffer from is dehydration or dry mouth. Vaping makes you dehydrated due to the same points we discussed above. Dehydration is associated with the same base ingredients discussed above: VG and PG. It has been reported that PG’s high percentages lead to dryness of the mouth. However, relying on VG is not the safest either. Both, VG and PG are humectants. Because of this, they keep things moist. Furthermore, they hygroscopic, which leads to them absorbing water.

Mix both and they’ll literally suck the liquids out of you!

Lack of proper hydration causes one to feel tired and lazy all the time, which brings to our next topic…

Vaping Makes You Tired

Since you started vaping, have you ever felt immensely tired and lazy? We come back to the one ingredient again, being nicotine. Nicotine is the sort of stimulant which increases the mental alertness but as soon as it wears off, you end up feeling tired and consumed. If you have heard of caffeine crash before, you might know what this means. But let’s define it a bit more.

Vaping makes you feel tired or fatigued because you are either doing it too much, or again, the amount of nicotine in the hits is too much. You need either lower the strength of nicotine, or try leaving it altogether. Because at this very stage, nicotine level is not suiting you. A change for you is important and you should consider it!

Being tired and fatigued all the time affects your sleep patterns drastically. Because of shooting up too much nicotine, you’re either hyperactive or extremely tired all the time.

Vaping Affects Sleep

When we are talking about vapes or e cigarette, nicotine is a concern. People use these devices as alternative to smoking, but they also include ingredients such as nicotine which can have serious side effects. Nicotine can cause blood vessels in the body to be in narrow positioning, which leads to reduction in the flow of blood from the brain. This leads to headache and often causes lack of sleep as well. So if you are wondering if vaping also affects sleep, here’s your answer; Yes!

The next thing that you need to do is to work on your nicotine level.

Most of the vapers are those who were once heavy smokers. This means that you may already be used to certain amount of nicotine in your system. However, it is not as simple as that. There is some difference in the sort of nicotine that is supplied to your body through regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

You need to keep a check on the amount of nicotine you are using. For nicotine overload, there are two main reasons. The strength of nicotine in your e-liquid might be too much or because of your new love for vaping, you might be vaping a bit too much that you should.

Bottom Line

So, now you know that vaping cause headaches but those headaches can escalate to bigger problem pretty quick. The good thing, however, is that you can make by making adjustments and reaching out to addiction recovery center in time can help solve those problems. Vaping might look like a less harmful alternative to smoking but in reality but a headache caused by vaping is the least of your problem. It is the other physical and psychological problems that you should be worried about.

It is never too late to start a healthy lifestyle and leave what’s harming your health!



Alan Goodstat

Alan completed a postgraduate degree in social work from Columbia University in New York City and is a licensed clinical social worker in FL, NJ, NC and SC. Over the past 30 years he has worked in various leadership roles in privately held organizations and private equity portfolio companies.

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