Electronic cigarette liquid in the mouth: why it happens and what we can do to avoid it

Why e-cig liquid goes into the mouth and how to avoid it

Published on: 16/09/2022

Electronic cigarette liquid in the mouth: causes and remedies for safe vaping

If you notice e-liquid leaking out after the first puff, don’t be alarmed – it has happened to everyone.

If, however, the problem persists, you must ensure that your electronic cigarette is ‘in order and that you have properly maintained it. And in this, we at Terpy want to help you.

Let’s see what happens if you get e-cigarette liquid in your mouth and how to prevent it from happening again.

Boy vaping

What does it mean if you get e-cigarette liquid in your mouth?

Generally speaking, let us say that it is not the vaper’s fault if e-liquid accidentally ends up in the mouth, but rather the mechanism of the electronic cigarette.

For example, the e-liquid may be in excess, exceeding the maximum capacity of the atomiser, and floods the heating element.

When this happens, it is possible that on the first vape, the e-liquid will splash out and end up in your mouth, causing discomfort similar to a burn or, in some cases, minor burns.

At this point, you are probably wondering why.

In simple terms, the heating element cannot turn more liquid than the tank’s maximum capacity into vapour. In most cases, you can quickly tell if something is wrong when you hear that typical gurgling sound during vaping.

So, to prevent the liquid from ending up in the mouth – not to mention that it is unpleasant to taste -there must be a proper balance between

  • the ingredients of the liquid
  • the amount of water;
  • the wattage;
  • the resistance.

However, a clarification should be made: it is impossible to give a unique dosage for every e-cigarette because each one represents a world of its own with precise rules to be respected; in other words, the vaping experience changes depending on the shape and type of e-cig.

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What happens if you ingest electronic cigarette liquid? Nothing much (unless it contains liquid nicotine)

At this point, you are probably asking yourself: is it wrong to ingest e-liquid?

The answer is “it depends“.

Keep in mind that electronic cigarette liquids are composed of:

  • propylene glycol (PG);
  • vegetable glycerine (VG).

In addition, some vapers decide to add water and nicotine, but this depends on their choice and taste.

So, the substances in e-liquid are not harmful per se (consider that PG and VG are also used in the food market as preservatives!).

If you should find liquid in your mouth, you must follow the maintenance measures I discuss in the next paragraph, and you can resume vaping in peace.

Liquid nicotine is a different matter.

This is absorbed much faster by the body and, if taken in large quantities, may cause vomiting and convulsions.

To prevent this, we now look at what to do when liquid spurts out of an e-cig.

Boy using an e-cig and having e-cigarette liquid in his mouth

What to do if you get e-liquid in your mouth: steps for pro vaping maintenance

For every problem, there is a solution that will allow you to resume vaping with peace of mind.

It only takes a few steps that, with experience, will become part of your routine.

First, you could start trying out different types of puffs: longer and spaced out or shorter and deeper. If you only have the impression of liquid in your mouth, give yourself time: you have to get used to this new sensation and gradually reduce salivation. Alternatively, gradually decrease the nicotine level until it is eliminated.

So if you feel liquid in your mouth, you should stop vaping immediately so as not to risk burning yourself or causing further damage. This brings me to the subject of electronic cigarette maintenance.

You have to know that too much e-liquid could impair its functioning.

So here are some tips to prevent this from happening:

  • always keep the atomiser clean;
  • if you notice that there is too much liquid, turn the e-cig upside down, cover the drip tip with a tissue and shake it slightly;
  • make sure that the resistance is in optimal condition;
  • always keep the draw tube clean (you can use paper towels).

If you pay attention to all these details, your vaping experience will return to normal, and you will never have to worry about the liquid in your mouth again.

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In this article, we have seen what happens if e-liquid ends up in your mouth and what you can do to prevent this from happening again.

As you may have noticed, it only takes a few simple steps to be able to resume vaping with complete peace of mind, without incurring consequences that could compromise the functioning of your e-cig or, worse, seriously endanger your health.

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