The Vape Town guide to nicotine strength
We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to understanding all there is to know about vape juice with nicotine and to help you in your transition from smoking to vaping.
New the world of vaping? Finding the right e-liquid nicotine strength for you can take a few attempts. E-liquid with too much nicotine 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.
Read on for our vaping nicotine guide:
First things first, what do the numbers on e-liquids with nicotine mean?
The nicotine strength for e-liquids with nicotine is noted 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 liquid 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 e-liquid to a nicotine strength of 20 mg/ml or under. You can find about more about the TPD regulations here.
What is the nicotine content of cigarettes?
If you’re switching from regular 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 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 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).
Which nicotine strength e-liquid should I choose?
With this information in mind, you can now use this guide to select the recommended nicotine strength based on your cigarette usage.
This is not definitive, as other factors, such as the VG/PG ratio of your e-liquids with nicotine, 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 before finding your preferred all-day-vape.
If you smoke >10 regular cigarettes per day, try an e-liquid with 18 mg of nicotine.
If you smoke <10 light cigarettes per day, try 12 mg of nicotine.
If you smoke <10 ultra-light cigarettes per day, you should be ok 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 out their e-liquid with nicotine 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.