Selecting the Right Nicotine Strength is Key to Kick the Cigarette Habit
As you probably already know, nicotine is a big part of the reason you crave a smoke and this is why it’s important to get the right strength for you in your vape so you don’t reach for a cigarette again. If the nicotine strength is too low, you may just reach for a cigarette straight afterwards and vice versa if the nicotine strength is too high the vapour may be too harsh and it may put you off entirely. Alongside this, the setup of your vape should also determine the strength of nicotine you use, as if you get it wrong, you could have an unsatisfied experience, deterring you away from the vape early on.
Three factors to take into consideration when choosing your nicotine level are; the differences between smoking and vaping, your type of vaping device and your smoking habits. When you consider all these things, you should be able to make an informed decision on the right nicotine strength for you.
The Differences between Vaping and Smoking
Nicotine absorbs into your system differently depending on whether you’re a vaper or a smoker. You might think you should choose a nicotine strength that is the same as your cigarette – this would be wrong as you absorb different amounts of nicotine with each. You’ll find about 10-14mg of nicotine in each cigarette and you’ll only absorb around 1-1.5mg of this. In a study recently conducted it has been found that vaping doesn’t deliver the same amount of nicotine to the blood as a cigarette, even after an hour. However advancements in the industry are changing that with things like nicotine salts coming to market in the last year or so.
The Type of Device You Use Matters
A common vape device used today is the sub-ohm device, which use high output batteries and provide direct to lung vapour. Using this type of device will deliver more nicotine per puff than lower wattage mouth to lung devices. If you’re a sub-ohm vaper, a 3mg or 6mg strength e-juice may be enough due to the large amount of vapor produced. Going above 12mg with a sub-ohm device is not recommended, as the higher you go, the harsher the throat hit and you may find yourself overdoing it.
Consider Your Smoking Habits and Vape Usage
Smoking habits will vary greatly from person to person and of course the type of cigarettes you smoked can also make a difference in the amount of nicotine strength you need from your e-juice. Below are broad guidelines to follow when working out the right nicotine strength for yourself.
- Ex-smoker who wants to keep themselves from going back to cigarettes: If it’s your first time you may want to start with 3-6mg and reduce over so many weeks. If you’re confident with vaping you can go straight for 0mg.
- Light smoker (less than half a pack a day): 3mg nicotine e-juice.
- Moderate smoker (around half a pack a day): 6mg nicotine e-juice.
- Heavy Smoker (full pack or more a day): 12mg nicotine e-juice.
The nicotine strength you choose, will depend on your preferences, previous habits and the vape device you decide to use. Even if you used to be a heavy smoker, the 6mg nicotine strength may be ok for you if you prefer a lighter throat hit and more flavour, the key is to experiment. Nicotine salts are another option for ex-smokers transitioning from cigarettes as they give a high nicotine hit (such as 25-50mg), but give a smooth throat hit.