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Vaping Nicotine Strengths

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What is the right e-liquid for you? Flavor-wise you may have already figured things out, we all have specific flavors that we like to enjoy on a regular basis, be they fruity, minty, chocolaty or many other examples. Now, choosing a flavor is the easiest choice, but you may have asked yourself at some point during your search just what level of nicotine is right for you. A company can offer a flavor with a variety of nicotine options and knowing just what works for you could be one of the biggest steps in choosing something that you will enjoy in the long run.

Today we will be tackling a couple of topics. First of all, we will discuss the differences between smokers, vapers, and non-vapers, including an analysis which will center on nicotine levels in the human body and their equivalent for regular cigarettes. Based on this we will then address desired vaping nicotine levels and just what you might want to choose related to how frequently you vape, how strong the taste of nicotine can be and what the overall effect will be.

Varies e-liquid bottles and strengths

How Strong are E-liquids?

E-liquids come in two different options: liquids that have nicotine in them and liquids that are nicotine free. Liquids with nicotine levels in them can be stronger or lighter based on one’s preferences, the most nicotine per ml that you can get on the market at this particular moment is 42mg/mL, a quantity of nicotine that is overwhelmingly high, even for long term users. Compared with cigarettes that have at most 14mg of nicotine per cigarette for the strongest brands, 42mg/mL is almost four times that strong. You can take a look at what we believe are the best vape e-liquids to get an idea.

Before we start talking about vaping nicotine levels and just what might be right for you based on your previous experiences, here is some advice that we would like to give openly. If you do not know too much about the strength of nicotine in the fluid and just what your body might be used to, try to opt for smaller levels when buying. Why? Nicotine is a substance that is highly addictive and, if you have a history with smoking, you will be used to a certain level of nicotine based on the types of cigarettes that you used to smoke. However, if you are a non-smoker and you opt for something with a lot of nicotine in it when you start vaping you will start to feel a bit dizzy. This dizzy effect is due to the fact that your body is not used to absorbing that much nicotine in your system while inhaling.

This feeling will eventually pass, but it is better to play it safe and look towards preventing this from happening. How can you do that? Well, opt for liquids with smaller nicotine levels such as 3mg/mL or even 6mg/mL if you are feeling a bit bolder, see how you feel after vaping those liquids and go higher or lower based on that.

Bottle of pure nicotine

From Non-Smoker to Vaper – Nicotine Levels

If you have never smoked before and you have decided to start vaping here is what you need to know. The fact that you do not and have not used tobacco products in the past entails that your body is not used to high nicotine levels at all. Therefore, going for anything that is higher than 3mg/mL might make you feel overwhelmed, dizzy and it is not really advised. What you will be going through with nicotine at this stage is what any first-hand smoker deals with when they smoke their very first cigarette. They feel light-headed, they get a rush, some might cough from the smoke, and most can’t finish their first cigarette.

Now, we need to mention something else. If you purely want to enjoy vaping as a fun pastime where you like to blow vape clouds and enjoy the taste left by the liquids, then you are by no means obligated to go for e-liquids on the market that contain nicotine. If you want to try it, you are more than welcome to start with lower levels of nicotine but if you just want to enjoy vaping as a fun side activity then go for 0mg/mL.


From Light Smoker to Vaper – Nicotine Levels

Light smokers can be classified based on how often they smoke or on how strong the cigarettes that they smoke are. Since this article is focused on vaping nicotine levels, we will be center our discussion on the relevance between the types of cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids. Generally, light cigarettes are those that have anywhere between 1mg to 4mg of nicotine in them. When compared with e-liquids, an adequate moderate to light level of nicotine would be around 6mg/mL.

Now, depending on the type of e-cigarette that you are using, be it a tank or a sub-Ohm, you will feel the taste of nicotine more heavily on the tongue.


From Regular Heavy Smoker to Vaper – Nicotine Levels

Heavy smokers are people that used to smoke cigarettes anywhere from 6mg to 14 mg of nicotine in them. When trying to quit and switching over to vaping, try and opt for liquids that have anywhere around 9mg/mL. If this does not satisfy you, then go higher or lower based on your taste preferences. If you smoked up to a pack a day, it could be safe for you to go for e-liquids that have the same nicotine level as your regular cigarettes had, but this is not a must.

Choose the Strength of nicotine

What do I Choose?

First-time users should always go for something a bit more light than opt for the heavy guns. As individuals we all are different, and our taste buds and nicotine levels are no different. The vaping community is a very inclusive one so regardless of the reason that you decide to start vaping (trying to quit smoking or just cut down), feel free to use this simple guide in order to get a head start on just what to choose in order for it to be right for you.

We go further into detail on how you can find the best strength with factors that you may need to consider in our latest guide on choosing the right nicotine strength for your vape juice.

Final Thought

Remember one thing when choosing your strength of e-liquid. If you are planning on vaping regularly then choose a lower level of nicotine as it will be more pleasurable to vape, particularly with direct lung inhale vaping. Remember, if you vape twice as often on a 3mg strength e-liquid it will be equivalent to vaping a 6mg juice.

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Nicholas King
Nicholas King

Hi! I’m Nicholas King, the founder, and Chief Editor at SmokeTastic. As an ex-smoker and now vaping enthusiast for over 13 years myself, I understand the transition between smoking and vaping. My aim is to share useful information about all the different vape and e-cig products on the market, self-help tips, and detailed reviews.

I hope you find something on SmokeTastic that helps you with your decision process.

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