Last updated on March 13th, 2019
What Nicotine Level is Right for You?
Electronic Cigarette cartridges and e-liquids come in many strengths of nicotine. When ordering your first ecig starter kit you’ll have the choice of choosing a nicotine level from zero, to as high as an XXTRA strength level of 50 MG or 5% which is pretty darn strong.
It usually takes some experimenting, as different levels of nic yield different results; but most new vapers are looking for an effective smoking alternative.
Is There an Ideal Nicotine Level That Satisfies Tobacco Cravings?
Many new vapers think that the nic delivery in an electronic cigarette is the same as with a traditional tobacco cigarette, but surprise!…there’s a big difference.
According to scientific research, each puff on an e-cigarette (both cig-alike and advanced devices) introduces less of this addictive chemical to the bloodstream than smoking a tobacco cigarette.
“Both devices delivered to the bloodstream far lower nicotine compared to a tobacco cigarette.”
-Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center
The typical tobacco cigarette contains approximately 9 mg of nicotine, but the amount that is absorbed into the bloodstream actually measures about 1 mg.
When an e-cigarette containing 9 mg/mL fluid (0.9% NBV) is inhaled, the actual delivery of is 54 percent lower than the amount delivered by the tobacco cigarette containing the same amount.
So How Do You Choose the Ideal Nicotine Level to Give You the Same Effect as Smoking?
Here’s Our E-Cigarette Nicotine Comparison Chart
Your Current Smoking Style Suggested Ecig Nicotine Level
2 ½ packs or more per day Extra strength (3.6%) (5%)
Between 2 and 2 ½ packs per day Full strength (2.4%)
Between 1 and 2 packs per day Full to Med. strength (2.4%) - (1.8%)
Up to 1 pack per day Med. to Light strength (1.8%) - (1.2%)
Less than 1 pack per day Light to Ultra Light strength (1.2%) or (0.6%)
1 pack or less per week Ultra Light to No strength (0.6%) to Zero
The suggested levels shown above are just that – suggestions.
Many vapers say that the higher the nicotine level, the greater the “throat hit”. That means higher levels in your e-cigarette may feel too harsh for your particular taste. Low levels can make your vape too smooth tasting. (Notice, I didn’t say “tasteless”).
Like any new transition, vaping may take some trial and error, but hey, it’s also an adventure.
Other Ways to Improve the Way Your E-Liquid Tastes – Besides Adjusting Nicotine Levels.
In addition to all the ecig nicotine strength options out there, you can fine-tune your vaping experience with the thousands of e-liquid flavors, cartridge flavors and innovated e-cigarette styles from which to choose.
Companies that sell High Watt Vaporizers suggest you use a lower level of nicotine because you typically get fuller flavor and more control over your throat hit.
Sub Ohm Vaporizers perform best with High or Max VG e-liquids and they recommend you keep your Nic levels lower.
Nicotine Salts Are Getting More Popular
Now many companies are offering Nicotine Salts e-liquids. This type of e-liquid is formulated in much the same way JUUL formulates their 5% mg/ml nicotine level juice. Nicotine salts e-juice (unlike traditional nicotine) won’t burn your throat if you vape at very high nic levels. ds.
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