Nicotine Levels in Vape Juice – What’s Right for You

Nicotine Levels in Vape Juice – What’s Right for You

When you start to transition from cigarettes to vaping, it’s important to know the nicotine levels in vape juice and how to know what’s right for you. In this guest post, we’ll take a closer look at this topic and help you learn how to find the right level for you and your vape device.

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Nicotine and What’s Right for You?

When using e-cigarettes to quit smoking, there are many variables to consider, but the most important factor to have successful continued freedom from cigarettes is your level of nicotine.

The nicotine levels in vape juice will not only affect your cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms, but it will also impact the level of enjoyment that you get from your e-cigarette. Choosing your e-juice in Canada is very important to ensure it is of the utmost quality, and the best fit for you!

What Is Nicotine?

This is a question that isn’t frequently asked, but is a very important thing to research so you can understand how nicotine addiction works. Nicotine is derived from a plant, specifically the tobacco plant.

Through history the tobacco plant was used primarily for making cigarettes. In 1828, chemists discovered a way to isolate the nicotine from the tobacco plant.

Nicotine is also considered a drug, as it is both a stimulant and a depressant, and produces a number of bodily side effects. Some of the physical effects that the body experiences after inhaling nicotine include:

  • Mood elevation
  • Alertness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased oxygen consumption in the heart
  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
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Often after become nicotine dependent, the feeling of relaxation of mood elevation, is induced by the cravings and withdrawal symptoms subsiding after you inhale nicotine.

Nicotine is a very addictive substance, and is therefore restricted for purchase by any minors, and e-juice in Canada is prohibited for purchase by anyone under the age of 19.

When you do quit cigarettes, if you choose nicotine levels in vape juice that are too low for your needs, then you may experience some withdrawal symptoms. Some of the withdrawal symptoms of nicotine include sweating, nausea, cravings for a cigarette, headaches, insomnia and many more.

If you are making the shift from cigarettes to vaping, and your nicotine level is too low, your body will be used to smoking a cigarette to cope with the onset of nicotine cravings, so often smoking a cigarette will be your first instinct. This is why picking the right nicotine levels in vape juice can either make or break your success in quitting.

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Nicotine Levels in Vape Juice – In Canada

All vape juice that is sold in Toronto vape shops is made up of three or four ingredients. The main ingredients of any e-juice is propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and nicotine.

Some e-juices that are flavoured will also have artificial or natural flavouring as an ingredient.

The nicotine levels in vape juice varies depending on the brand, and the Toronto vape shop you are purchasing your e-juice from. Typically e-juice ranges between 0mg-24mg, but some e juices are only available in 0-6mg or 0-12mg.

  • 0mg (nicotine free, non-smokers)
  • 3mg (sub-ohm or pen style vaporizers, light smokers)
  • 6mg (sub-ohm vaporizers or pen style ecigarette, medium smokers)
  • 12mg (typically used in pen style ecigarettes, medium smokers)
  • 18mg (pen style ecigarettes, heavy smokers)
  • 24mg (pen style ecigarettes, heavy smokers)
  • 36mg (harder to find, usually disposable ecigarettes)
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The milligram (mg) of nicotine that is listed on the bottle will be the milligram concentration of nicotine per ml in the e juice in Canada.

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What Nicotine Levels in Vape Juice are Right for Me?

If you are choosing your nicotine level online it is important to be informed on the factors which will impact how suitable the level is for you.

Throat hit: the higher the level of nicotine, the more of a throat hit you will get, and the more you will be able to taste the nicotine in your flavour. Nicotine typically has a peppery taste.

The first factor to consider when transitioning from smoking to vaping is how heavy a smoker you are or were and what you smoked.

Heavy Smokers – Pack a day or more

You may want to start with a sub-ohm device like the Joyetech eGo AIO and choose the levels of nicotine in your vape juice comparable to what you smoked:

  • 3mg- light cigarettes
  • 6mg- medium cigarettes
  • 12mg- full-flavor cigarettes

Light Smokers – Half a pack or less a day

You may want to start your transition with a pen-style vape device, like an eGo pen.

  • 3mg- light cigarettes
  • 6mg- medium cigarettes
  • 12mg- 24mg full-flavor cigarettes
  • If you’re in Canada, the best way to find the ideal fit for your level of nicotine is to visit your Toronto vape shop and talk with the experts, and test to find what is comfortable and best for you.

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    What is the nicotine level in my cigarettes?

    The levels of nicotine in Canadian cigarettes varies depending on the brand, but are typically as follows, based on the most popular brands in Canada:

    • Matinee: 0-6mg per cigarette
    • Du Maurier & Belmont: 6-18mg per cigarette
    • Export, MLB, Next: 18-36mg per cigarette

    In the United States, the most popular brands range anywhere from 1mg to 24mg, depending on the brand and strength; i.e., lights, mediums, menthol, etc.

    I’m Still Not Sure How to Decide

    Using this information you should be able to choose what you think would be suitable nicotine levels in vape juice for you, especially if you are purchasing your e-juice in Canada for the first time, online.

    Truly, the best way to figure out what would be an appropriate level of nicotine for you would be to test it. If you can, go to a Toronto vape shop and try a couple of levels of nicotine, and see what is the most comfortable.

    Choosing your nicotine is very important to successfully quitting smoking, especially if you want it to last for the long term!

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