New to vaping? Unsure how to select the best nicotine level for you? With so many options for every aspect of vaping, it can feel overwhelming to find your perfect vape set-up. However, a little research, a helpful vape store attendant and an openness to some experimentation can come to the rescue. We explain some helpful conversion tools, our recommended conversion chart, and a brief overview of nicotine to help you get started.
One of the most appreciated facets of vaping is the ability to measure one’s nicotine intake. An integral part of the vaping journey for many is the gradual decrease in the preferred nicotine strength, and this is connected to personal vaping habits—namely duration, frequency and performance of the vapor device. If a vaper increases the frequency and duration of vaping, he or she may quickly reduce the nicotine strength. The reduction of the most popular e-juice nicotine strengths from 18 mg and 24 mg to 6 mg and 3 mg over the years may be partially explained by such vaping habits. Of course, the continuous market for nicotine-free vape juice, at the other end of the spectrum, points to another part of the story: it’s not just about matching nicotine levels and vaping habits to attain the same nicotine intake from vaping as from smoking, but it appears that many people are reducing their intake and potentially weaning off nicotine all together.
It’s widely recommended to start on the lower end of your range and increase your nicotine strength if you’re not feeling satisfied. The certified organic nicotine contained in Vape Organics e-liquids may present a bit stronger than other e-liquid nicotine brands due to the organic nature of the nicotine, as well as our supercritical CO2 extraction method, which may lend to an especially pure nicotine profile. Here’s a conversion chart that we recommend for our certified organic e-liquids:
|Recommended Strength||Cigarettes Per Day|
|18 mg||1 ½ or more packs|
|12 mg||More than ½ – 1 or more packs|
|6 mg||½ pack|
|3 mg||A few cigarettes|
Cigarettes contain varying levels of nicotine depending on the brand, but one study evaluating 13 popular brands charted a range between 7.17 mg and 14.90 mg per cigarette. Marlboro Lights, for example, contain 13.16 mg of nicotine per cigarette. This doesn’t translate directly to vaping since a single cigarette is a finite resource, whereas with vaping the nicotine intake depends on the duration of the vape session, as well as the nicotine level. Nevertheless, this serves as a good reference point that can help you compare your nicotine intake from smoking vs. vaping. It’s important to note that the nicotine level listed on your bottle of e-juice is the content per ml. For example, a 14 ml bottle of 6 mg nicotine contains 84 mg of nicotine, or the equivalent nicotine content of 6.38 Marlboro Light cigarettes. However, you may find you won’t necessarily be inclined to consume as much nicotine as you did when you smoked, and this is an interesting point to watch out for as you experiment with your preferred nicotine strength.
The Nicotine Story
We all know nicotine contributes to the addictive effect of cigarettes, but there are many misperceptions about nicotine, and it’s important to get those out of the way. First of all, nicotine is not a carcinogen but can cause birth defects or other reproductive harm, which is why pregnant women are cautioned against using tobacco. Nicotine is a naturally occurring liquid alkaloid found in the tobacco plant, among other natural sources. An alkaloid is an organic compound made out of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sometimes oxygen. These chemicals can together act as a stimulant and a relaxant in the body, rendering nicotine a highly addictive substance. Nicotine can cause adverse health effects, most often if it is either ingested orally or otherwise absorbed by the skin in its pure form or high concentration. These dangers are real, but can be mitigated in a number of ways, including the requirement that all e-liquid be packaged with child-proof caps. We celebrate this sensible regulation from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for concretely enforcing a uniform standard that’s legitimately important for consumer protection.
Certified Organic Nicotine
Tobacco is a chemical-intensive crop, commonly treated with a large number of pesticides, including insect-killers, weed-killers and plant growth regulators, which have harmful effects on human health and the environment. In fact, researchers have found traces of three pesticides in smoke from cigarettes, two of which are suspected carcinogens; these pesticides may likewise seep into the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. Furthermore, some chemicals are sprayed on the tobacco crops from airplanes, which can increase the risk of contaminating neighboring areas with substances that may be toxic. Many of these pesticides can cause moderate to severe respiratory and neurological damage—and even fatality.
The supercritical CO2 extraction method is approved for organic products by the USDA, as opposed to the other methods—and for good reason. Carbon Dioxide is a naturally-occurring chemical compound that leaves behind no extraneous residues, whereas other methods of extraction do. As an added benefit, CO2 extraction is highly effective, maximizing our raw materials and minimizing the waste of our precious resources. For all these reasons, Vape Organics extracts our exclusive certified organic nicotine from organic tobacco grown on American family farms.
Finally, it’s important to note that organic nicotine does not contain petroleum-derived solvents, including PG—this class of solvents are common carriers of liquid nicotine. As more and more vapers discover a sensitivity or outright allergic reaction to PG, Vape Organics is proud to offer one of the only e-liquids that is completely free of all petroleum-derived solvents.