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Prevent coughing while vaping

How to Stop Coughing When You Vape

Coughing is one of the most common side effects of vaping, and it’s one that can completely ruin the experience. If every puff you take feels like it’s irritating the back of your throat, quitting smoking by vaping is almost impossible. You might feel like vaping just doesn’t work for you, and might be considering giving up on vaping and possibly returning to smoking. The good news is that even though this is a pretty common problem, there are a quite a few things you can do to stop coughing when you vape, and it’s definitely worth trying them out before giving up on vaping altogether.


Switch to a Lower-Nicotine E-Juice


The nicotine strength of your e-juice has a big role to play in how it feels on your throat. The higher the nicotine strength, the harsher it’s likely to feel on your throat. So if you find that vaping irritates your throat and makes you cough, try an e-juice with less nicotine. Black Note offers 0.3 % and 0.6 % nicotine, which are less likely to make you cough than our 1.2% or 1.8% strengths.


The challenge here is that some “throat hit” is generally seen as positive by recent switchers, and you obviously need nicotine to find vaping satisfying. With this in mind, the best advice is to vape the highest-nicotine e-juice you can actually enjoy.


If you can’t strike the right balance, there are things you can do to get the most nicotine possible even with a lower-strength e-juice (for example, using a higher-power e-cig), but the suggestions in the rest of the article should also help. 


Reduce Your Wattage


The more power you send to your coil, the more vapor your e-cig produces and the hotter the vapor is. You might get more impressive clouds, but both of these factors can also lead to coughing. The simple solution is to reduce your wattage setting if you have a mod, or to switch to a higher-resistance coil if you have a vape pen that doesn’t let you choose a setting. Experiment a little with different settings or atomizer heads to find one that is still satisfying but makes things easier on your throat.


Switch to a Lower-PG E-Juice


Although this is less important than your nicotine level for most vapers, higher-PG juices can lead to coughing for some vapers. This is especially likely if your e-juice has more than 60% PG, but e-liquids like that aren’t common these days. In general, VG is smoother on your throat than PG, so higher-VG e-liquids (or ones that are at least 50/50 like Black Note’s juices) are less likely to make you cough.


Some vapers are also sensitive to PG or even allergic to it. True allergies are very rare, but sensitivity is more common and still very unpleasant. If you might be sensitive or allergic, the best advice is to switch to a liquid with 70% or more VG.


Change Your Airflow Setting


One of the other major factors that can lead to coughing is your airflow setting. Most modern tanks have adjustable airflow, and this is partly because personal preference plays a big role in how much airflow you like. If you have your airflow set too low for your preferences or your current wattage setting, you might try to inhale too sharply to get more vapor or end up with vapor that’s too hot. If your airflow is set too high, you could inhale more vapor than you were expecting and end up coughing as it rushes into your lungs before you were expecting it.


Check the airflow slot on your tank or atomizer and note how open it is. If most of the slot is covered up, try opening it a little and vape again. If it’s all the way open, turn it down and try it out. For just-switching smokers, your airflow being too open is the most likely problem. If you close off most of the airflow slot so that the opening is almost circular, then the draw will be quite cigarette-like and will be less likely to make you cough. On the other hand, if you’ve been vaping for a while and are using a high-power device, you’ll end up with hot vapor unless you open up the airflow or reduce your wattage setting.


As always, the key is to experiment and find what works for you.


Change Your Inhalation Style


This is closely related to airflow, but you might not be inhaling in the best way for your tank, wattage and airflow setting. Smokers tend to inhale “mouth to lung” (MTL), which means you take some vapor or smoke into your mouth with one inhale, and then inhale again to take it down into your lungs. Longer-term vapers tend to inhale “direct to lung” which is just what it sounds like: a one-step process where you bring the vapor straight down into your lungs.


MTL devices tend to use higher-resistance coils and run at lower wattages, with a more restricted airflow. If you try to direct to lung inhale through one of a device like this, you’ll probably end up coughing.


Direct to lung devices tend to have lower-resistance (often sub ohm) coils, run at higher wattages and have more open airflow. MTL inhales don’t work as well on these devices (it’s hard to keep all the vapor in your mouth without some going down to your lungs), and this can lead to coughing as well.


If you’re having issues with coughing, try switching to the other inhalation style or adjusting your airflow (as in the previous point) to compensate.


Change Your E-Liquid Flavor


Although this is a less common reason for coughing, you might be having issues because of the specific flavor of e-liquid you’re vaping. I don’t usually cough when I vape, but there are liquids that I’ve tried that have made me cough a lot more. Sharp, citrusy fruity flavors and strong menthols may have this effect for me and many other vapers, but this might not be the case for you.


However, in general, switching to a tobacco flavor or a sweeter, dessert-like flavor will probably improve things. From Black Note’s line-up, Prelude is soft on the throat and slightly sweet, making it a great choice if many flavors make you cough.


Give it Time if You’ve Recently Quit Smoking


Finally, there is a more positive reason you may be coughing. When you smoke, it damages the cilia (which are like little hairs) on the back of your throat. This is one of the reasons smokers get mucus-heavy coughs – the cilia are there to clear mucus, and when they’re damaged, you get a build-up of mucus. Fortunately, when you stop smoking, they start to repair, but unfortunately, you may end up with a cough as the cilia regain their functioning.


This means that your “vapers’ cough” might be more to do with quitting smoking than starting to vape. If you’re still coughing after trying the other suggestions in this post but have recently quit smoking, this is likely to be the cause. The best advice is to see if your symptoms improve with time. Some people also need time to get used to the sensation of vaping, and if this is the case with you things will probably get better with time too.


Coughing is Annoying, But Can Be Fixed


There are some people who cough when they vape no matter what, but user surveys suggest that the problem gets much better with time (ordinarily disappearing entirely) for most vapers. Things will improve as you get used to vaping, try new setups, try out different inhalation styles and generally find the way for vaping to work best for you. Even if you feel like you will never be able to vape without coughing, it will probably get better with time. Try out the tips in this post, combine any that work for you and ignore any that don’t. It’ll still take a bit of trial and error, but it’s well worth it if it helps you avoid smoking.

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee Johnson is a writer and vaper from the UK. He started vaping in 2012, and since then has contributed to E-Cigarette Reviewed, E-Cigarette Direct’s Ashtray Blog and Vaping360. He strongly believes smokers need accurate information about vaping and other reduced-harm alternatives to smoking. He has a degree in physics from the Open University and a passion for all forms of science.
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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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