What E-Liquid Strength Should I Choose?

In order to make your transition from smoking to vaping as smooth as possible, it is important to make sure you choose the correct level of nicotine. This will ensure you achieve the nicotine hit you are looking for so you aren’t tempted to revert back to smoking cigarettes again. When purchasing your vape juice, selecting the nicotine strength of your e-liquid is a vital decision. There are 4 basic ingredients that make up e-liquids so once you have chosen your e-liquid strength you will find it easier to decide on the correct VG/PG blend allowing you to begin your vaping journey.

Ingredients in E-Liquids

1.   Nicotine

2.   Water

3.   Vegetable Glycerine (VG)

4.   Propylene Glycol (PG)

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a chiral alkaloid that is naturally produced from a tobacco plant. Nicotine is also found in concentrations of millionths of a percent in edible foods such as potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants. Alkaloids contain at least one nitrogen atom making nicotine chemically comparable to cocaine and caffeine.

E-liquids come in a variety of e-liquid strengths generally ranging from 0mg-18mg, allowing vapers to choose the ideal nicotine strength to fulfil their cravings, ensuring they aren’t tempted to return to smoking cigarettes again.

What does the E-Liquid Strength Value Mean?

The e-liquid strength is written on the e-liquid bottle as a number (for example 6mg/ml) This tells us there is 6 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre of e-liquid and could also be written as a percentage which would equate to 0.6% nicotine. The higher the number, the more nicotine there is in the e-liquid.

How Much E-Liquid is Comparable to Smoking a Cigarette?

This is determined by several factors including the type of cigarettes you used to smoke and how many you had per day, your weight and lung capacity as well as your preferred smoking style, making this a very difficult question to answer. However, to give you a rough idea you can weigh all these factors up against the strength of e-liquid nicotine in your e-liquid and your vaping style. We know that the average cigarette contains 12mg of nicotine although this can range from 8mg-20mg. However, your body doesn’t absorb all of this, in fact it only absorbs a very small amount as a large amount comes back out on exhalation. Smoking cigarettes delivers nicotine into your system faster than vaping and much like alcohol and coffee the effects for one person may be very different for another so it’s important to choose the e-liquid that best suits you!

Which E-Liquid Strength Should I Choose?

The decision of which E-Liquid strength you choose is a very personal choice and is determined by how many and what variety of cigarettes you smoke. If you opt for a higher E-Liquid strength this may help you to successfully transition from smoking cigarettes to vaping and then you can focus on gradually reducing the strength. Alternatively, opting for a lower E-Liquid strength allows you to vape until your cravings have been fulfilled whilst avoiding having too strong a hit.

E-Liquid Strengths and recommendations:

0mg nicotine

Perfect for social smokers who smoke very occasionally when out and about or for those who enjoy blowing vapour rings whilst at home.

3mg nicotine

As this is the lowest E-Liquid strength you can buy, it is ideal for smokers who only smoke a few cigarettes per day and perfect for the final stage of quitting smoking once you have reduced your cigarette intake to almost nothing.

6mg nicotine

This low nicotine strength is ideal for smokers who smoke roughly 10 cigarettes per day. It delivers a nicotine hit that’s comparable to Ultra Low/Ultra Light cigarettes.

12mg nicotine

This is ideal for an “average” smoker who smokes roughly 1 packet of cigarettes per day. It is a good starting point for those transitioning from smoking cigarettes to vaping, delivering a sufficient nicotine hit to ensure you avoid those cravings.

18mg-24mg nicotine

This is ideal for very heavy smokers who smoke over 1 packet of cigarettes per day. It is important to note that the nicotine strength of your e-liquid will determine the type of vape kit required.

Extra Tips

  1. High nicotine strength e-liquids can be used by heavy smokers if it’s going to help you quit smoking and then you can gradually reduce the nicotine strength over time.
  2. If you are unsure what strength to choose, we recommend you opt for a lower nicotine level to start with to ensure you don’t end up with a self-inflicted nic headache! This also allows you to vape for longer until you achieve the desired nicotine hit you are looking for. However, please remember that when vaping, nicotine enters your system slower than when smoking cigarettes so make sure you wait a sufficient amount of time before taking further drags to see how you feel.
  3. If the E-Liquid strength is too high but you still want the throat hit, opt for a 50/50 e-liquid blend. The higher the PG level the more it will give you that feeling of smoking a cigarette.
  4. IMPORTANT NOTE – High nicotine strength e-liquids are not suitable for use in sub-ohm devices as they are too powerful.

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