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The Four Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Find the Right Nicotine Level

The Four Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Find the Right Nicotine Level

So there you are at the vape shop, you already chose your first vape device and all there is left to do is pick a delicious flavor of vape juice to match it. You finally settle for a strawberry custard e-liquid that smells delicious but before you can buy it, the employee asks you what nicotine level you want for this vape juice, but you have no idea what that is or even which level you should pick. 

If this sounds familiar or if you plan on buying your first device soon, we recommend continuing to read this blog. In it, we give you four essential questions you need to ask yourself to find your perfect nicotine level.  

Table of Contents:

  1. What is Nicotine?
  2. What is a Nicotine Level?
  3. The Four Questions to Ask Yourself to Find Your Nicotine Level
  4. Question #1: What is My Current Nicotine Use?
  5. Question #2: What Vaping Device Do I Own or Plan on Buying?
  6. Question #3: Am I Looking to Quit Nicotine?
  7. Question #4: What Technique Do I Use When I Inhale Nicotine?
  8. Conclusion

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a chemical compound that is found in the tobacco plant but it can also be created synthetically. It is a chemical compound that acts as both a sedative and a stimulant, which can cause increased alertness, heightened moods, and even decreased appetite. It’s also the addictive chemical that makes cigarettes so hard to quit. 

What is a Nicotine Level?

In vaping, a nicotine level is the amount of nicotine that comes in a bottle of vape juice. It is either displayed in mg or in a percentage and they mean the same thing. For example, 1% of nicotine per ml (or 10mg of nicotine per ml) in a bottle of 15ml means that there is 150mg of nicotine in the bottle. 

The Four Questions to Ask Yourself to Find Your Nicotine Level

While there are many ways to determine which nicotine level you should use, there are four essential questions you need to ask yourself before picking the right nicotine level. These questions are:

  • What is My Current Nicotine Use?
  • What Vaping Device Do I Own or Plan on Buying?
  • Am I Looking to Quit Nicotine?
  • And What Technique Do I Use When I Inhale Nicotine?

What is My Current Nicotine Use?

The first question might be the most important question. Realizing how much nicotine you currently intake will get you closer to an approximation of what your nicotine level should be. However, you should know right away that because there is no way to tell how much nicotine is in a single cigarette and because the metabolism of each individual is different, there is no exact science to knowing current nicotine use, which means we’ll be dealing exclusively in approximations. 

While the consensus tends to vary when it comes to how much nicotine equals mg/ml of eliquid, below you will find some approximations that will tell, depending on how many cigarettes you smoke, what your nicotine level should be. 

  • 0mg/ml: This one is easy. A nicotine level of 0mg/ml equals zero cigarettes. If you don’t smoke but want to vape, this is the level we recommend. 
  • 3mg/ml: This nicotine level equals 5-10 cigarettes a day. If you smoke less than 5 cigarettes you should also choose this level since it is the lowest. 
  • 6mg/ml: Usually this nicotine level is for smokers who used to smoke half a pack a day.
  • 12mg/ml: This level is for those who used to smoke a pack a day.
  • 18mg/ml and above: If you are smoking more than a pack a day or unfiltered cigarettes, then this and higher levels are the nicotine levels where you’ll feel most comfortable. 

Remember, these are approximations and you might find yourself more comfortable by either going a level below or a level above. Usually, the highest nicotine level found in the wild is 24mg/ml. 

Question #2: What Vaping Device Do I Own or Plan on Buying?

This second question is pivotal because there are two kinds of nicotine that are used in the vaping world. The levels and recommendations above are for traditional, or freebase, nicotine, which is the most common type of nicotine. But there is another type of nicotine called nicotine salts, and depending on which device you use or plan on buying, you’ll either use nicotine salts or freebase nicotine. 

If you want to learn about freebase nicotine vs. nicotine salts, you can click here, but basically, nicotine salts are more potent than freebase nicotine and come in higher levels. Usually the two levels of nicotine salts are 25mg and 50mg and while this might seem like a ridiculously high amount of nicotine, what makes nicotine salts special is not only that they pack this amount of nicotine, but that they are super smooth and easy to inhale. If you were to try vaping 50mg of freebase nicotine, the harshness and the throat hit would be impossible to bear. 

That’s why if you already bought a pod system, which are the devices that use nicotine salts, and don’t want to spend money on a different device,  you’re bound to use 25mg or 50mg of nicotine salts.

However, if you bought a box mod that uses freebase nicotine, then you’ll have more options when it comes to nicotine levels. 

It should be said that some ex-smokers prefer nicotine salts since they provide a closer sensation to smoking, and many vapers begin with nicotine salts before changing to freebase nicotine vape juices which are more flavorful and come in more flavors. 

Question #3: Am I Looking to Quit Nicotine?

Finally, the third question you should ask yourself is whether or not you are looking to quit nicotine by vaping. If not, then we suggest trying out each type of nicotine to find the one that best satisfies your cravings. However, if you are looking to quit nicotine by vaping, we suggest starting with freebase nicotine. 

Freebase nicotine is better for those who are looking to quit nicotine because it offers more options when it comes to nicotine levels, which allows vapers to quit gradually as opposed to nicotine salts that most of the time come with two nicotine levels (25mg and 50mg). 

For example, by starting at 18mg and then gradually going down to 12mg, 6mg, and 3mg, you can slowly taper off nicotine as opposed to starting at 25mg and then going cold turkey which is what you would be doing with nicotine salts. 

And What Technique Do I Use When I Inhale Nicotine?

Finally, the way you plan on vaping can also hint at what nicotine level would be best for you. Although the way you vape will be largely unconscious, there are vapers who first inhale the vapor into their mouths and then slowly into their lungs. And there are also vapers who vape directly into their lungs. These two techniques, aptly named mouth-to-lung (MTL) and direct-to-lung (DTL), can also determine which nicotine level you should choose. 

If you plan on vaping with the MTL technique, then you’ll be able to bear higher nicotine strengths and even nicotine salts. However, if you smoke cigarettes directly into your lungs and plan on vaping the same way, we recommend choosing a lower nicotine level since the nicotine will directly hit your throat and this can cause some harshness which, depending on what type of smoker/vaper you are, you might not be able to bear.

Conclusion 

After you have answered all these questions, you’ll be ready to pick your nicotine level. Remember that even if you answer these questions honestly, it might take some time to find the perfect vaping nicotine level since nicotine is absorbed differently by everyone and some people have higher tolerance levels. 

 

EjuiceDB articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them. Furthermore, Vaping products and nicotine use are only meant for persons over the age of 21.

Children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, persons with risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or that take medications especially for depression or asthma should not use nicotine or vaping products. Always consult a licensed physician prior to use.

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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.