Just a quick recording for personal reference.
So, it's coming up now on 4 weeks since I smoked a cigarette. I never developed a daily "smoker's cough" or found myself clearing my throat regularly, but I assumed that after quitting I'd probably end up coughing a lot just as part of the healing process. Well, nothing happened. Nothing until a couple of days ago anyway.
I started in late September/early October replacing smoking with vaping a few times a day and from then through mid-October I decreased cigarettes until my last one on Oct 16th.
After that I continued vaping with the 6mg fluid through October. Then about 2 weeks of 3mg, then a few days ago, down to 0mg. During this time I've also minimized the frequency of vaping, not doing it at times I'd "normally smoke", leaving it at home when I leave for errands.
SO -- during this entire time I hadn't been coughing, but I have been now for the last few days. I don't feel sick at all and do not have any symptoms aside from the coughing. It's mostly a dry cough, but I feel some chest congestion -- it kind of feels like I NEED to have more productive coughs, but so far, nothing. I know that coughing after quitting smoking is common, I'd just expected if it was going to happen it would have been sooner. For me it's correlated with the absence of nicotine... I feel like that has to be coincidental though.
Far from scientific -- but the handful of people I know who used vaping as their "quit bridge" each said that after 5-7 days is when they could feel significant physical differences; reduced or eliminated coughing, more energy, shortness of breath was reduced, overall they said they "felt" better.
Whatever. I'm gonna go swallow a spoonful of honey now.