One of the best things about vaping is that you can choose how much nicotine you take in. This allows you to personalize your experience, and gives you the opportunity to reduce your nicotine addiction. Knowing that is the easy part, selecting the right level of nicotine for your electronic cigarette is a bit tougher. E juices are available in a wide breadth of nicotine concentrations, and it’s important that you select the right level for your needs.
Most of the time nicotine concentration will be displayed in milligrams (mg). This figure tells you how many milligrams of pure nicotine solution are present in every milliliter of e liquid. Other e cig manufacturers report the nicotine concentration as a percentage. This method is essentially the same as reporting how many milligrams of nicotine juice are used. A 1.8% e juice has 18mg of nicotine per milliliter. Most manufacturers offer e juices that range from 0 mg (no nicotine at all) up to 24 mg. There are some e liquids out there that go above this mark; you can find concentrations on the market as high as 34 mg.
Now that you are up to date on how the nicotine concentration is measured it’s time to decide which one is best for you. Most of the manufacturers have suggestions on their websites. While they all gauge the percentages a little differently the general rule is:
- Up to 10mg/10% is equivalent to an ultra-light tobacco cigarette
- 11mg-18mg/11%-18% is equivalent to a light cigarette
- Over 18mg/18% is equivalent to a full flavored analog smoke
In our opinion anything over 2.4mg/24% is overkill. While e juices with this much concentration certainly exist, they should only be used in extreme cases. If you smoke multiple packs of full flavored tobacco cigarettes per day you may need this much, but probably not. In fact, we recommend selecting a nicotine level that is on the low end of the spectrum regardless of how many tobacco cigarettes you are accustomed to smoking. A tobacco smoker who smokes a pack a day or less of light cigarettes will almost always be satisfied with the 11mg/1.1% concentration. Take the time to experiment for yourself and we are confident that you will agree.
Many take advantage of the multiple concentrations to wean themselves off of nicotine. First and foremost it is important to remember that while e cigs can be a quitting tool, they are not truly medical devices. Once you accept this you can plan to use them during your journey to quit tobacco. Slowly reduce your nicotine concentration over time. Many people report that they stick with a particular concentration for at least a week before reducing their intake. Starting off with a 0mg e juice is probably not a good idea. While you still get the look and feel of a smoke your body will still crave nicotine. Depriving yourself altogether does not work for most people. How many times have you or a friend tried to quit “cold turkey” and ended up right back on the wagon?
One final thing to keep in mind is mixing your won e juice. Several manufacturers will sell you flavored liquid along with nicotine solution that allows you to create a personalized e juice. We only recommend that experienced vapers try this. There are so many great e liquids out there that have been mixed by professionals, that we advise most vapers to avoid mixing their own juice. This is entirely our opinion. Many vapers do mix their own juices, some even create their own flavors altogether. Doing such requires extra steps and experience. It is easy to add too much nicotine to a juice, which could lead to increasing your dependence. That probably counters the reason that you are looking into electronic cigarettes in the first place.
Finding the right nicotine level for you is not that tough. Again, start out on the low end and see how your cravings go. No need to take in too much nicotine. In fact many vapers find themselves reducing their nicotine level at some point, even if quitting is not their goal.