We’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you to understand all there is to know about suitable levels of nicotine for vape juice and to help you in your transition from smoking to vaping.
Finding the right strength of nicotine for vape for you can take a few attempts. E-liquid containing nicotine that is too strong can lead to mild side effects, such as nausea, headaches or dizziness. On the other hand, vape juice with not enough nicotine can result in serious cravings.
As an experienced vape shop, we’re committed to ensuring that our customers, especially new vape users, are fully informed on how to choose the strength of nicotine for vape.
Read on for our guide to choosing the right nicotine for vape for you:
First things first, how can you tell how much nicotine is in vape juice?
The nicotine strength of e-liquids with nicotine is measured as the number of milligrams (mg) of nicotine per millilitre (ml) of liquid in a single bottle.
For example, a 10ml bottle of 3 mg nicotine vape juice would have 30 mg of nicotine (3mg x 10ml).
The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which came into force in the UK in May 2017, restricts nicotine for vape juice to a nicotine strength of 20 mg/ml or under in any single bottle.
What is the nicotine content of cigarettes?
If you’re switching from regular straight cigarettes (e.g. Marlboro Red, Camel or Benson & Hedges), there is approximately 1.2 mg of nicotine in each cigarette or 24 mg of nicotine per 20 pack (1.2 mg x 20 cigarettes).
Light cigarettes (e.g. Marlboro Gold, Superking Menthol or Lucky Strike Reds), contain approximately 0.7mg of nicotine in each cigarette, or 14 mg of nicotine per 20 pack (0.7 mg x 20 cigarettes).
Ultra-Light cigarettes (e.g. Silk Cut, Marlboro Menthol or Lucky Strike Silvers), contain approximately 0.4 mg of nicotine in each cigarette, or 8 mg of nicotine per pack (0.4 mg x 20 cigarettes).
What strength nicotine for vape do you need?
With this information in mind, you can now use this guide to select what strength nicotine for vape is recommended based on your cigarette usage.
These are not definitive figures though. Other factors, such as the Vegetable Glycerin (VG) or Propylene Glycol (PG) ratio of your nicotine vape juice, as well as your favourite flavour, can all have an effect on the nicotine hit.
The best advice is to experiment with a few different brands and flavours to finding your preferred brand and flavour before committing to one liquid for your all-day-vape.
If you smoke 10 or more regular cigarettes per day, try starting with an e-liquid with 18 mg of nicotine for vape.
If you smoke 10 or less light cigarettes per day, try starting with 12 mg of nicotine.
If you smoke 10 or less ultra-light cigarettes per day, you should be ok to start with 6 mg of nicotine.
If you consider yourself to be a very light or occasional smoker, start with 3 mg of nicotine.
What about zero nicotine?
After a short time of vaping, most people feel comfortable enough to step down to the next strongest nicotine option.
Eventually, some even decide it's time to cut the nicotine for vape juice out altogether.
Zero-nicotine vaping is now extremely popular with many people.
For ex-smokers who’ve been vaping for a significant period of time, there can be a strong habitual association with the physical action of vaping; as well as the sensation of inhaling vapour and throat hit.
This can go far beyond the addictive properties of nicotine.
Vaping a 0 mg e-liquid is, therefore, a solution which appeals to many people. The majority of vape liquids now have a zero-nicotine option.
Always vape responsibly
We are here to help you and we want to be sure that you know how to get the best from your e-liquid and vaping equipment. The e-liquid that we sell is TPD regulated and chosen for its high-quality ingredients. However, Vape Town cannot be held responsible for any side effects from unsuitable nicotine levels.
If you have questions about the best way to switch from smoking to vaping, don’t hesitate to contact us.