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A Guide to Vaper’s Tongue and Vaper’s Cough

2nd Aug 2017

Vaping 101: Vaper’s Tongue and Vaper’s Cough - What Are They and How Do You Prevent Them?

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Welcome back to another instalment in our Vaping 101 series. The articles are written to help new vapers get to grips with all things vaping, whether that’s choosing the right e-liquid strength, flavour, PG/VG or simply decoding vaping jargon.

You can catch up on any of all our  Vaping 101 posts here:

View Our Full List of 101 Vaping Topics

  • A Guide to Cartomisers, Clearomisers and Atomisers
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Sub-Ohm Vaping
  • Choosing Your Starter Kit
  • PG vs. VG E-Liquids
  • Vaping Etiquette
  • All About Inhalation
  • A Vaping Glossary
  • The History of Vaping
  • Introduction to Vaping 101
  • Vaper’s Tongue and Vaper's Cough

    In today’s post we’re looking at two issues you might notice, particularly when you first start vaping. These two complaints are commonly referred to as vaper’s tongue and vaper’s cough. Not all vapers will experience these but they can be frustrating, particularly if they start to impact how much you enjoy your favourite e-liquid flavours.

    To help you identify and prevent these issues in the future, keep reading to learn more and discover our top tips.

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    Vaper’s Tongue - What is it?

    You might have heard this referred to as vaper’s fatigue but the principle is the same: vaper’s tongue is the unwelcome sensation of being unable to taste your favourite e-liquid or finding that your tongue has become numb after vaping.

    It’s a common issue that is neither long-lasting nor serious but it can be worrying if you don’t know what it is.

    There are a few different things that can cause vaper’s tongue, the most common of which is vaping the same flavour of e-liquid for too long without a break.

    Other causes can include damaged taste buds from years of smoking, which is why this is often found in those who have recently switched to vaping. Luckily your taste buds do regenerate over time, so this isn’t usually a permanent problem.

    Do you always find yourself making resolutions to drink more water throughout the day? Dehydration is another cause of vaper’s tongue, so keep sipping water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated.

    Finally, if you think you have vaper’s tongue it’s worth checking how old your e-liquid is as an expired flavour might be the culprit. If this is the case, try switching to a new e-liquid and see if the problem resolves itself.

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    Vaper’s Tongue - How to Prevent It

    Your all day vape no longer tastes the way you remember it, in fact the flavour is barely there at all - vaper’s tongue has struck! Luckily the vast majority of cases of vaper’s tongue are not permanent (if you notice your sense of taste or smell being impacted over a long period of time, we urge you to seek medical expertise in case of an underlying issue).

    Here are a few ways you can stop vaper’s tongue in its tracks:

    Switch to a different e-liquid flavour - take a break from your usual flavour and try something new. After a few days you should be fine to return to your tried and tested favourite and it will taste as good as you remember

    Switch to a higher quality e-liquid - it may be that the flavour you’ve been vaping isn’t using high quality ingredients and this is impacting the taste

    Check your hydration levels - haven’t had a glass of water for a while? Pour yourself a fresh one and see if it helps

    Give it time - not the ideal solution for the impatient vaper but, particularly if you’ve recently switched to vaping from smoking, your tastebuds might need time to repair themselves if they’ve been damaged previously

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    Vaper’s Cough - What Is It?

    Now let’s turn our attention to vaper’s cough, that irritating, prickly cough you might notice after vaping. Vaper’s cough is more common in new vapers but that doesn’t mean more experienced vapers don’t run into it occasionally. Luckily, there are a few methods to help you prevent vaper’s cough in the future, so we’ll get into those soon.

    You’ll be pleased to know that vaper’s cough is a temporary problem in almost all cases, resolving itself in a matter of days for most vapers. If you do notice a persistent cough even after trying our tips below, it may be worth seeking medical advice to rule out any underlying issues.

    Vaper’s Cough - How to Prevent It

    You’ve noticed that pesky cough at the back of your throat the last couple of times you’ve vaped, so how do you prevent it? There are a few different things you can try:

    Switch to a different e-liquid ratio - it’s possible that your e-liquid might be causing your cough, particularly if you vape a 100% PG liquid. Try switching to a blend of PG/VG and you may well notice an improvement

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    Reduce your nicotine level - a common issue that causes vaper’s cough is using an e-liquid with too high a nicotine level. Try reducing your nicotine strength a little and see if it helps

    Try different inhalation techniques such as, mouth to lung and direct to lung - there are numerous inhalation techniques you can try (we have blogged about vaping inhalation techniques), so experiment with other vaping methods to see if this resolves the issue


    Vaper’s tongue and vaper’s cough are two of the main issues new vapers may run into when they first switch to vaping. Neither are fun but, fortunately, both are usually very easy to resolve. If you have any other questions about the topics we’ve covered in today’s post, or any other element of vaping, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team via our website and Twitter.