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How Much Nicotine Is In Vape Juice

One of the most common queries asked by newbie vapers is how much nicotine is in vape juice? This is hardly surprising, though; nicotine is a hugely important component of vape juice that is central in helping people quit smoking and live a healthier, happier lifestyle.

If you fall into this category---a smoker who is trying to quit---then it is important that you know how much nicotine vape juice contains. This is so you can control how much nicotine gets into your body and then adjust it down over time as your cravings begin to disappear and your urge to smoke slowly fades away.

Nicotine 101: Why Is It In Vape Juice?

Nicotine, as you may well know, is the addictive substance found in cigarettes. It is what causes smokers to get 'hooked' on them. Subsequently, smokers who are looking to quit smoking with the help of vaping typically require vape juice that contains nicotine in order to satisfy their nicotine cravings.

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a stimulant that is naturally produced by the nightshade family of plants. It is known to be addictive and one of the most commonly abused substances (via smoking), with the average cigarette containing around 2mg of absorbed nicotine.

When smokers initially quit, their withdrawal symptoms will peak and worsen suddenly and then gradually improve over time to a more normal and manageable state.

Why is Nicotine in Vape Juice?

Nicotine is used in vape juice to help people stop smoking.

As we mentioned above, it is the nicotine that is the addictive substance found in cigarettes. It is the nicotine that is believed to cause people to become addicted to smoking.

By adding nicotine to vape juice and vaping it, ex-smokers who are trying to quit can satisfy their nicotine 'cravings' that would otherwise cause them to light up a cigarette. By using vape juice that contains nicotine, you can fend off these cravings without ever lighting a cigarette.

Over time, by using vape juice with nicotine, your urge to smoke may decrease and eventually, it may no longer exist. As this urge to smoke subsides, you can progressively move to vape juices with lower nicotine concentrations.

How Much Nicotine Is In Vape Juice?

That depends! Vape juices come in all different concentrations of nicotine, from 0mg/mL (nicotine-free) to as much as 36mg/mL or more (very heavy in nicotine).

Generally speaking, you will find vape juice in the following nicotine quantities:

  • 0mg/mL
  • 3mg/mL
  • 6mg/mL
  • 12mg/mL
  • 18mg/mL
  • 24mg/mL
  • 30mg/mL
  • 36mg/mL

Nicotine strength is measured in milligrams per millilitre. So, in a 100ml bottle of e-liquid, a 12mg nicotine strength would mean that the bottle is 1.2% nicotine by volume. In a 10ml bottle of e-liquid with a strength of 24mg, there will be 240mg of nicotine in total.

Obviously, the nicotine vape juices with higher concentrations per millilitre of vape juice are designed for heavier smokers whereas those with lower concentrations are designed for more casual or 'social' smokers.

Nicotine-free vape juice is designed for people who want to participate in vaping, for example simply because they enjoy it, but don't need the nicotine because they are not an ex-smoker or have completely kicked the habit and no longer have nicotine cravings.

We do not recommend that non-smokers use a vape juice that contains nicotine; you simply do not need it. There is no point introducing nicotine to your body if it has never been exposed to it.

At Vaper Empire, we sell vape juice in nicotine concentrations of 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, and 24mg. 24mg is, in our experience, suitable for the majority of heavy smokers.

Choosing the Right Nicotine Vape Juice

It is important to choose the right nicotine concentration for your needs so that you get the most enjoyment out of your vaping experience. To choose the right one, think carefully about these two questions:

  1. What is your current tobacco use (i.e. how much do you smoke)?
  2. What type of device are you using?

Equating tobacco nicotine levels to e-liquid nicotine levels is not an exact science, nor is it a case of looking at how many cigarettes you smoke per day. Rather, it is more about the kind of cigarettes that you smoke---cigarettes do not contain an exact level of nicotine, nicotine levels are not listed on cigarette packaging, and some contain more than others.

As a general rule:

  • People who smoke strong unfiltered cigarettes will want an e-liquid in the 24mg to 36mg range.
  • People who smoke 'regular' filtered cigarettes of a medium-strength should opt for an e-liquid around the 12mg to 18mg range.
  • People who smoke light and ultra-light cigarettes should go for an e-liquid in the 6mg to 12mg range.

Don't take this advice as gospel, though; you need to find what works for you and your own nicotine cravings---trial and error!

Ready to Quit Smoking?

If you are trying to kick your cigarette habit with the help of e-cigarettes then the best thing you can do is just go for it---buy a decent e-cig or vape pen and some vape juice and just start vaping. You will be surprised by just how effective it is at keeping you off those nasty, dirty cigarettes.

Check out the Vaper empire online store to see our full range of vaping hardware and e-liquids.

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