Smokers turn to vaping as to a healthier alternative. Freeing their system from the carcinogens and tar, they make a step towards a healthier life.
Very often, people think of vaping as a harmless activity that does not need to be regulated. Still, some vapers wonder whether they are vaping too much and whether their vaping style is safe for their health.
In this post, we will review the concept of chain vaping and its potential threats. We will define how much vaping is too much and what potential risks chain vapers expose them to.
What is Chain Vaping?
Chain vaping is a new term that correlates with chain smoking. Chain vaping is the process of vaping in a chain-like manner, that is having very short breaks between the sessions. You probably saw chain smokers who light one cigarette shortly after another all day long.
Chain vapers do the same, but with their vape. If you are vaping all day, without taking long breaks and feel uncomfortable when you have to refrain from vaping for a couple of hours, you probably are a chain vaper.
Threats of Chain Vaping
How much vaping is too much for your health? Many vapers ask this question without knowing where to search for the answers. You can easily find tons of information on the potential hazards of vaping. Unfortunately, most of the information you can find on the Internet is not backed up by much scientific data or research.
Most of the headlines that escalate the potential threat of vaping are nothing but clickbait. Let’s figure out what potential threats chain vaping might actually carry.
First of all, vaping nicotine e-liquids has more potential health threats than vaping e-juices without nicotine. It might be difficult for a beginner vaper to regulate their nicotine consumption. An ex-smoker knows well how much cigarettes are too much for them, but it can be harder to set the limits with a vape.
Quite often, beginner vapers who turned to vaping from smoking, consume too much nicotine and get the symptoms of nicotine poisoning. It is also possible to experience the signs of dehydration, intensified by vaping if you do not consume enough liquid.
These are the only adverse effects you can experience if you vape all day non-stop. The rest of the threats are nothing but phantoms of someone’s vivid imagination.
One more threat of chain vaping is not health-related. When you take very short breaks between the draws, you do not let the wicking of your coil soak enough e-liquid. It may result in burnt vapor taste, as well as wicking and coil damage.
If you notice that your flavor starts to taste dull during a vaping session, it could be a sign that there isn’t enough e-liquid in the tank. Make sure to refill it in time to avoid wick and coil damage. Burnt vapor isn’t good for your health as well.
How to Identify a Nicotine Overdose
Nicotine poisoning is a very unpleasant condition. If you smoke, vape or consume too much nicotine directly; you might experience the following symptoms:
– increased salivation;
– stomach cramps;
– slow heart rates;
– seizures, coma, and respiratory failure (in the worst-case scenario).
As you can see, all of the nicotine poisoning symptoms are unpleasant, and some of them are even life-threatening. We strongly recommend you to keep your nicotine e-liquids away from foods, drinks, pets, and especially children.
Nicotine Poisoning in Chain Vaping
Can you vape too much and get a nicotine poisoning? The bad news is that you can. The good news is that you have to try very hard to overdose with nicotine when vaping. Do the math yourself: to get the symptoms of a nicotine overdose, one needs to consume between 500 and 1000 milligrams of nicotine.
While it’s possible to get to the number with regular smoking, it’s not that close with vaping. This amount of nicotine equals to about 28 milliliters (with an 18mg concentration) or 40 milliliters of a nicotine-infused e-liquid (with a standard 12mg concentration).
Since nicotine doesn’t stay in the system for too long, you need to consume the whole amount in one sitting, which is hard if not impossible even for a chain vaper.
How to Identify Dehydration
If you are vaping PG-based e-liquids excessively, you can experience some dehydration symptoms. The molecules of Propylene Glycol connect with the molecules of water in your body. Thus, when you vape PG-based e-liquids, some amount of water from your mouth, nose, and eyes evaporates together with the vapor.
Most vapors won’t experience any symptoms of dehydration, while some people might be more sensitive to it based on their natural sensitivity to PG. Chain vapers are more likely to feel dehydrated than moderate vapers.
Symptoms of vaping dehydration
– Dry mouth;
– Sore or itchy throat;
– Dry eyes;
– Intense thirst;
– Darkening of urine.
Remember that the best and the only way to prevent dehydration is to take lots of fluids.
One of the side-effects of vaping is known as vaper’s tongue. It is closely tied to dehydration. When a vaper’s tongue gets dry, its taste buds get dulled.
As a result, a vaper cannot feel the taste of the e-liquids, and it seems like all of them taste the same. A vaper’s tongue is a result of vaping too much without consuming enough liquid. To avoid it, you should stay hydrated at all times.
Some people are sensitive or allergic to some flavors and components of e-liquids. Very often, people complain about being somewhat sensitive to PG.
Most often, vapers experience symptoms like dehydration, which is inseparable from PG. Some vapers reported allergic reactions to Vegetable Glycerin (VG) as well.
When it comes to allergic reactions to flavorings, one should be very careful. These sensitivities and allergic reactions can be life-threatening in some cases.
For example, some e-juices can contain traces of peanuts. In case you have any concerns about the e-liquid components and their safety, we recommend you to contact the manufacturer or switch to an e-liquid that is for sure safe for you.
Vapes for Chain Vaping
Some vapes are more applicable for chain vaping than others. When speaking of chain vaping, we don’t mean one over-enthusiastic vaper. You can chain-vape with a company of friends as well.
For any of these purposes, rebuildable dripping tank atomizers (RDTAs) fit best. You can tune their customizable coils to suit your chain vaping needs.
When you have chain vaping in mind, make sure to pack about 2mm of wicking material as you build your coil. Rayon is better for chain vaping than cotton because its temperature tolerance is higher. The material should not be too tight or too loose.
Make sure to use temperature control to protect your coils from overheating. Even though chain vaping is increasingly popular among ex-smokers, you should understand that it decreases the lifespan of your coil dramatically.
If you plan to stick with chain vaping, opt for an RDTA with a direct dripping system. This system will handle the pressure of chain-vaping and make your coil last longer.
So, how much is too much vaping? When it comes to nicotine e-liquids, there are exact dosages that can harm you and make you feel the symptoms of poisoning. When it comes to dehydration when vaping, you can easily avoid it while consuming enough liquid at all times.
However, if you experience any symptoms like dizziness, weakness, nausea, stomach pain or nausea, you should, by all means, put off your vape till better times.
Luckily, according to the comprehensive studies, symptoms of nicotine poisoning don’t last longer than several hours. In cases of mild to moderate nicotine poisoning, your body will process the nicotine quickly without any extra help. In case your symptoms intensify, make sure to see a doctor.
Chances are that it is a mere coincidence and you might have another health condition. Dehydration and nicotine poisoning, related to vaping, are usually accompanied by mild to moderate symptoms that spin away quickly.