Tuesday, 7 January 2020

The Different Levels of Nicotine Strength and Finding your Sweet Spot

Nicotine levels can be confusing for new vape users. After finally navigating the labyrinth of e-liquids and identifying several juices that seem to fit your flavour profile, now you have to make a choice on what nicotine level is ideal for you.

This is not a decision cigarette smokers get to make since most combustible cigarettes come in a standard nicotine ratio.

However, it is a different ballgame when it comes to vaping, and a pretty important one at that. Too much of the nicotine and it could trigger some not-so-good effects such as headache, dizziness and coughing; too little and you will be left wondering what the hullaballoo about vaping is all about.

A Simple Guide on E-Liquid Nicotine

Unlike regular cigarettes, e-liquids come in different nicotine strengths, measured in milligrams per millilitre of e-juice (mg/mL). In some cases, you might find the nicotine expressed as a percentage.
For example, 12mg/mL could also be indicated as 1.2% nicotine.
Usually, the best way to find the perfect nicotine level for you is through trial and experimentation. However, the chart below can be a handy guide when gauging an e-liquid’s equivalence to cigarette smoking.

One upside to vaping has been cited as the ability to choose your own nicotine strength, such that it is even possible to start with a high nicotine strength and work your way down to zero, if the goal is to wean yourself of this addictive substance.

0mg/mL – Means there is zero nicotine in the vape juice. This level is ideal for those who want to vape without getting any nicotine in their system or those who have managed to scale their nicotine consumption down from a higher concentration level. It is a common level in high VG (vegetable glycerine) juices used in cloud chasing.

3mg/mL – Ideal for vapers who used to be light smokers (less than 10 cigarettes a day) or those who have managed to step down from a more concentrated level.

6mg/mL – Best for vapers who were light smokers and might find the 3mg level a bit light. It is the lightest nicotine concentration strength and often the maximum in many sub-ohming e liquids.

12mg/mL – Ideal for new vapers who used to be heavy smokers (up to 30 cigarettes a day) or unfiltered cigarette lovers.

18mg/mL – This is where it starts to get serious. This level is considered the nicotine middle ground. A lot of heavy smokers-turned-vapers find this level ideal due to its ability to deliver a good dose of nicotine per draw.

24mg/mL – Heavy smokers who used to do upwards of 20 cigarettes a day feel at home at this level.
36mg & 48mg – A super high nicotine concentration level most suited for people who used to chain-smoke or had a serious addiction that involved smoking two packs a day.

In some countries, there are laws capping the level of nicotine that can be used in e-liquids, so you will not be able to find some of these nicotine levels on sale. In the EU, for example, high strength vape juice over 20mg/mL is not allowed.

In the UK, the maximum nicotine strength allowed in e-liquids is 18mg (for regular e-liquids) while in Nic salts – which can go as high as 60mg in some places – it is capped at 20mg/mL.

Choosing Your Sweet Spot

When deciding which nicotine strength is ideal for you as a new vaper, there are two major factors that should guide your decision.
One is your smoking habits and two i
s the type of device you plan to use.
As far as your smoking habits go, the nicotine strength chart above should serve as a rough guide. This is not hard to figure out because, as we mentioned earlier, trial and experimentation is the way to go.

In regards to the type of device, it is important to consider the vapour output when buying since this is the factor that determines how much nicotine is consumed per puff.
You will find devices with a low vapour production capacity, including a majority of pod systems on the market as well as MTL tanks with a tight airflow channels.

Medium vapour devices can be found in multiple product ranges. These include airier MTL (mouth-to-lung) tanks, pod systems capable of taking sub-ohm coils, as well as sub-ohm tanks with a very restricted lung draw.

And then there are high vapour devices which include rebuildable atomisers with large airflows as well as powerful sub-ohm tanks. Nicotine salts are hard to find in this category so most users opt for regular nicotine juices.

Final Thoughts

By and large, the most ideal nicotine strength is the one that effectively keeps you off tobacco cigarettes for good.
Importantly, when switching to vaping, it is good to acknowledge you are entering new grounds.
While vaping bears similarities to smoking, it is still a new territory at the end of the day, and knowing this – and being prepared for it – will help ease the transition considerably.

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