Seven Quit Smoking Side Effects: The Essential Guide for New Vapers and Quitters

Although this is an electronic cigarette blog, I think this is an important post for both smokers quitting and for new vapers (electronic cigarette users).

That’s because while some vapers switch to e-cigarettes effortlessly, others struggle, and some get withdrawals symptoms (especially those using zero nicotine electronic cigarettes).

This year I’ve heard two people complaining of mouth ulcers from vaping. While there may well be side effects from quitting vaping – we do that know a very small minority of people are allergic to propylene glycol, and that it can cause sore or dry throats – some reported side effects are also identical to those caused by quitting smoking.

So here’s an overview of the negative effects of quitting smoking to expect when you stop using tobacco cigarettes!

1. Mouth Ulcers after Quitting Smoking

A woman holds her hand to her mouth.

According to the NHS site, quitting smoking leads to a change of chemicals in your body, which can in turn cause more mouth ulcers than normal. There are other causes, so check out the NHS page on mouth ulcers if it is a worry.

2. Coughing, Chest Pains and Respiratory Problems

A man holds his hand to his chest.

Quitting smoking can also lead to (temporary) respiratory problems: sharp chest pains, coughing and cold/flu like symptoms e.t.c. A number of sites attribute this to the body clearing itself up. But if you’re worried, get it checked out!

3. Fainting

Fainting.

I remember talking to an athlete in Greece who was a heavy smoker. She decided to quit smoking – and fainted in the street. (Being in Greece, her doctor recommended that she keep smoking, which I don’t think you would get in the UK.)

There’s precious little information about this on the net, so this may be a rare incidence, although other quitters have reported feeling faint.

4. Mood

Angry man flipping off the middle finger bird gesture
Who says I am having mood swings!

Nicotine makes the brain release dopamine, helping us to feel good. Smoking can also help to calm us or to stimulate us (see Nicotine and Electronic Cigarettes: 10 Facts All Users Should Know.) So it’s not suprising that if you are getting no or less nicotine you can experience mood swings, depression and anxiety.

5. Weight Gain

A woman holds her finger to her mouth as she enjoys a secret snack.

Smoking helps control weight – and some of this may be attributable to nicotine, with some vapers reporting electronic cigarettes help control weight and others less sure. From a personal level, I find vaping/smoking is something to do when you are bored, so you may find you eat when you would otherwise smoke.

In one poll we are running on facebook, 49% of reported feeling less hungry when they vaped, with 14% reporting  no effect and 37% unsure.

Chart showing hunger when vaping.

(Want to vote in our poll? Click here.)

6. Sleepiness OR Problems Getting to Sleep

Sleepy woman with one eye shut.

Another quit smoking side effect I recently ran across (have you experienced this?) is problems with sleep. Quitting smoking can cause either sleepiness or insomnia, and has been reported by vapers who have only recently quit smoking.

Fatigue generally only lasts for a couple of weeks or so, so if it persists after this time it might be worth checking with your doctor.

7. Headaches

Woman holds hand to her head while crying in a field with cloudy sky.

Both smokers in the process of quitting and vapers switching to ecigs have reported getting headaches. I’ve seen various reasons given for this, including oxygen levels in the blood returning to normal and because of the body’s cravings for more nicotine.

It could also be linked to other changes brought on by quitting smoking, such as a lack of sleep or increased coffee drinking.

Other Symptons

Yes, there’s more! Quitters have also reported:

  • Nausea
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Loneliness
  • Frustration
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Stomach Aches

Have you experienced a side effect not listed here? Let us know in the comments.

What to do if you experience side effects?

If you’re really worried about any side effects from quitting smoking/taking up vaping – don’t read a blog post – most of us bloggers are not medical experts, so get advice from a real doctor 😉

If you are ready to brave the side effects, check out this range of e-cigarette kits here!

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Also see our other beginner’s guides:

The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Electronic Cigarettes
The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Clearomisers
How to Use Electronic Cigarettes: A Video Tutorial

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25 thoughts on “Seven Quit Smoking Side Effects: The Essential Guide for New Vapers and Quitters

  1. Insomnia for me. Been on the vape around six weeks now and I’m still not sleeping properly. Looks like ill be paying my GP a visit soon!

  2. I bought an e-cig for myself as an Xmas present, as smoking has given me allergic rhinitis and a permanent cough. Originally I planned to use it in combination with smoking to reduce how much I smoked but I didn’t have the willpower to use both.
    I finally decided I needed to stop smoking altogether and only vape, and 4 days in it’s going great. It’s never been this easy when I’ve quit smoking a couple of times before, and I’d recommend this method to anyone thinking of quitting.

  3. Gave up smoking with remarkableease due to gaping! Honestly never missed my cigs after 30 years of smoking! Give it a try

  4. I gave up 6 weeks ago with e vape after 30yrs of smoking had some mouth issues blood returning to my mouth trying to heal and my tongue is really sensitive to spicy foods im just plodding on and perserviring my husband still smokes and im not at all botherd by it good luck with quitting every one.

  5. Smoking 40 ciggs daily bought vaping e cigg never looked back . smoked for 50 years. cud not have done it without it. Chest feeling fantastic now. ALL my family amazed side effects coming off the ciggs and vaping mouth sores headaches. 9 weeks now never will I smoke again I am adamant.

  6. well smoked cigs for 31 yrs, 20 a day roughly, went to vaping started on 26mg now down to 3mg for the past 6mths. went to pack in cold turkey completely 2 days in felt very unwell, nausea couldn,t sleep for feeling sick resulting to going back to vaping gutted. years ago when packing in cigs cold turkey never felt like that so makes me think what is in the liquid that can make you feel so unwell scary.

  7. I smoked for 33 years. Tried quitting ‘cold turkey’ style a year ago but went back on the tobacco after a month or two. Finally decided to give vaping a chance a few weeks ago and continued smoking as well, until I got down to one a day and could no longer stand the taste and stink of tobacco.

    I’ve had no tobacco at all for 2 weeks, experienced some insomnia problems, tiredness, muscle ache, occasional very mild headaches and lack of concentration. The minor headaches have stopped and the other side effects are lessening.

    On the upside, I’ve found my mood has actually improved by vaping and I don’t have desperate cravings for nicotine like I did with roll-ups. I enjoy vaping more than smoking, but it did take a few days to get used to the direct-to-lung inhale method of my atomiser, which initially made me cough.

    The most irritating side effect has been idiot neighbours; my sub-ohm Baby Beast atomiser produces large clouds and is a little noisy. I even heard one of them saying “He’s smoking crack”. There’s nothing quite like the stupidity of the ignorant.

  8. It’s been 2 months since my last puff of a cigarette after 13 years of smoking, started vaping at 18mg , down to 3mg now and haven’t felt this good in a long time, only side effect I’ve had is some mouth sores, got a pretty canker sore under my tongue right now. But doesn’t bother me considering my lungs feel amazing. Anyone who says vaping is as bad as cigarettes must work for a tobacco company! Haha

  9. I have began vaping on dec 19th. I have been vaping since, have smoked 2 ciggs one fully and one was thrown out after 2 puffs. I an having issues sleeping, headaches and my mouth waters for a cigg it feels like. I an vaping at 6mg nicotine and 40 watts from a Subox mini-c mod. Any insight on what’s going on? Is my body withdrawing from actual tobacco or am i not getting enough nic? I smoked a pack to pack 1/2 a day.

  10. Hi I started vaping about 10 weeks ago after smoking for 31 years. I am really chuffed as I really did not believe I could despite telling everyone that I could. However, every morning now I spit blood in my saliva. Is this normal? It did not happen when I smoked but does now, is my body healing or not? Please advise

  11. Really had to jot a comment down as I seem to be the one who has smoked the longest 60years!!!! I was really poorly in Oct and couldn’t breathe, couldn’t even walk 10 yards without being out of breath, so had to do something first week to ill to do anything then when I was feeling better had to get to the shops for a e ciggie been on it ever since, breathing improved 100% but having problems with sore mouth, can’t see me going back to cigarettes,even though I have a lot of duty free ciggies in my cupboard.!!!!

  12. Hi I smoked 35+ cigs a day for roughly 15 years but since I’ve started on my e cig I don’t really want a regular cig anymore. I’ve only been on it a week though so time will tell.

  13. Hi… been off cigs for about 6 weeks now… using Twisp with 18mg liquid.
    Mood swings started about a week ago and I am not coping. One of my side effects is wind.. passing air and all involuntary… is this normal? You know that us women do not fart in public 🙂 I am devastated with this and wonder if it will settle down.

  14. I have been a smoker for 11 years and I smoked almost two packs a day in the last 2 years. Then I stopped and switched to vaping about 5 months ago.

    Over all health seems to have improved. Sinus headaches are gone and breathing and cloaked nose issue gone. But my main problem is the Mouth sores.

    First few months my gums would bleed and at first I thought I was spitting blood but slowly my gums started bleeding only when I brushed and now that stopped as well. But the Mouth sores keep coming back every few weeks and stay there for 2 weeks or more. My brother who quit smoking cold turkey had the same problem. Wish I didn’t get the Mouth sores but I am going to make my own juice 100% VG as I read PG can cause the sores in some people.

    Good luck to you all and don’t let little things like this scare you or stop you from doing good to your body.

    ZH

  15. I’ve been vaping now since the beginning of April – started at 12 mg for a couple of weeks, then went down to 6mg. I’m currently weaning myself down to 5mg. I was a Marlboro Silver (Ultra Light) smoker – at least a pack a day – for 20+ years. I’ve found that my energy is zapped – I don’t have a lot of motivation to exercise and get out. I find that I’m tired during the day but am restless or cannot get to sleep at night. I do have some headaches and muscle aches. Overall, I feel like I’m doing the right thing. The goal is to be nicotine free.

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