Before I go ahead and talk about choosing nicotine strength when first using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking, I want to make one thing clear. I am not a medical professional, and I do not have the qualifications to give you health-related advice.
The following paragraphs are specifically for informational purposes only based on my own experience.
Nicotine For New Users
Okay now that we are clear on where I stand, I’m going to say that nicotine requirements for everybody are different. “How many mg nicotine e-liquid should I buy?” – if you’re asking this question, then my answer would be “it depends on .”
Nicotine requirements vary, and it has a lot to do with how much you are currently smoking. Are you a heavy smoker? Or just a moderate tobacco user? I am a moderate smoker myself, and when I switched over to e-cigarettes, anything between 18-24 mg nicotine e-liquids was good enough to keep the withdrawal symptoms at bay. I had no cravings at these amounts, at all. This made the quit smoking transition super-easy for me.
As a rough guide, if you are a:
⦁ half pack a day smoker, go with 12 mg or lower
⦁ 1 pack per day smoker, try 12 mg to 18 mg
⦁ More than that and you’re a smokeaholic! Try 24 mg or 36 mg e-liquids
Why You Should Get a Starter Kit
The key is to find out how many milligrams of nicotine your body needs to be content while you kick the habit. This is why, the most cost effective way for beginners to start off with e-cigs is to purchase an all-in-one starter kit, with a range of different strength nicotine cartridges for you to experiment with, like the V2 e-cigarette or the Halo G6 electronic cigarette which offer pre-filled cartridges. This is by far the most simplistic way to go about it.
The other way is to buy your e-cigarette and e-liquids separately. You will need to learn how to fill your own cartridges, which isn’t difficult but can be quite frustrating to some new users. The other downside to this gung-ho method is that you might end up buying too much of a liquid that has too high a nicotine strength for your liking, or a flavor of juice that you just cannot put up with.
It is always good to start off with a starter kit of some kind because they offer you tons of different sample-sized, pre-filled cartomizers of varying strengths to let you experiment with and determine what is best for you.
Lowering Your Nicotine Strength
Over time, when you get used to vaping, you can slowly and gradually decrease your e-liquid’s nicotine strength (if you wish to). You should only start reducing the nicotine levels once you are totally free from tobacco cigarettes, though.
I enjoy vaping and the flavors, and I don’t have a desire to quit vaping. Others utilize e-cigarettes specifically to put an end to their nicotine dependency. Whichever you choose, is ultimately up to you. If your goal is to quit, then you should be setting yourself a goal to lower your e-liquid nicotine content gradually, week by week till you are finally smoke-free.
Most of us require a big nicotine hit in the mornings and much less during the night time. So you have two options: vape less at night, or have e-liquids with different strengths at hand (i.e., you might use an 18 mg during the day and 12 mg at night before bed).
According to medical professionals, if you smoke a lot before you go to bed, you don’t sleep well. Personally, I would vape less before bed. I remembered when I first started, I was chain-vaping e-cigarettes all the way to bedtime, and during the night, I had vivid dreams and just didn’t sleep all too well. Once I cut down the vaping frequency during the nights, I was fine and it quickly resolved.
If you smoke and you are like most people, you know sooner or later, you are going to have to quit. Smoking is just not good for you. The facts are clear and irrefutable. If it isn’t lung cancer, it’s major lung problems. You’ve read the information, and now it is time to do something about it.
When you look at quitting smoking, you have a wide variety of ways to do that. There are pills, hypnosis, cold turkey, and even devices you pin to your ears. One very popular way that still allows you to smoke is the e-cigarette. This item has become very popular for those who need to quit but still, want the feeling you get from smoking.
The e-cigarette is a device that vaporizes liquid containing nicotine and other ingredients to produce the vapor that feels just like smoke when you inhale it. The good part is that it is only water vapor. It has no tar, or other deadly ingredients you get from smoking. You control how much you want to do this and not the habit you may have had for years.
E-cigarettes consist of a battery, a vaporizer, and a place to hold the liquid that is vaporized.
Most e-cigarettes have a standard liquid, called juice but you can buy different recipes or make your own. What is involved in making your own?
Making your own “ best vape juice” as it is called, is not a simple and throwing a few ingredients together. You have to determine how much nicotine you will need. You will need to determine how much of the juice you will make and what kind of flavor to add.
You can find a calculator for that purpose on such sites as kritikalmass.net. In this case, you enter the target nicotine level you want, the amount to creates, water if you want it, and the flavor percent. When you push the Calculate Recipe button, it presents you with a recipe you can follow to produce just what you want.
When making your own juice, you will be handling ingredients that you will mix to produce your own product. One of those ingredients is nicotine. This substance is extremely toxic. You must be educated on how to handle it. If you get the pure stuff on your skin, it could kill you.
It’s far better to adjust the juice you can buy commercially by adding the flavor you want and adjusting the mixture to suit you. You can adjust the amount of flavoring you want and the amount water to add to give you just what you want in a vape juice.
If you look around, especially on the internet, you can find recipes that others have tried, and they like. You can try them out, or you can adjust them to suit you.
Either way, you go, you don’t have to settle for the standard recipe. You can experiment to get just what you like to make your e-cigarette experience more enjoyable and much safer than lighting up.