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Vaping 101: How To Choose The Right Nicotine Strength For You

By Oliver Smith 8th March 2024 3 Mins

When it comes to vaping, finding the perfect balance is often the key to a great experience. One of the most important factors to consider is the nicotine strength in your e-liquid, disposable, or prefilled pod.

This guide will help you navigate through the process of choosing the ideal nicotine strength for you.

Understanding Nicotine Strengths

Nicotine strength in e-liquids is usually measured in milligrams per millilitre (mg/ml) or as a percentage.

For example, a nicotine level of 3mg/ml is the same as 0.3%. The most common nicotine strengths are 0mg (nicotine-free), 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, and 18mg in the UK.

Some e-liquids can go as high as 20mg, but these are typically for very heavy smokers transitioning to vaping.

As for single-use disposable vapes, these are usually sold with a nicotine level of 10mg or 20mg, again aimed at heavier smokers looking to move over to vaping.

Assessing Your Nicotine Needs

Your ideal nicotine strength largely depends on your current nicotine usage.

If you’re a heavy smoker looking to switch to vaping, you might want to start with a higher nicotine strength, like 18mg or 20mg.

Light smokers or those who smoke socially might find 3mg or 6mg sufficient. If you’re vaping purely for the flavour and don’t want any nicotine, 0mg is the choice for you.

For more information on what is in an e-liquid as well as different types of e-liquids such as ‘Short Fills’, check out our ‘Beginners Guide To E-Liquid’.

Trying Different Strengths

It’s important to remember that everyone’s experience with vaping is unique…what works for one person might not work for another.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different nicotine strengths until you find what works best for you. Start with a lower strength and gradually increase if you feel it’s necessary.

Considering Throat Hit

The ‘throat hit’ is the sensation you get in the back of your throat when you inhale nicotine.

Higher nicotine strengths will provide a stronger throat hit, which some vapers enjoy. However, if you find the throat hit too harsh, you may need to lower your nicotine strength.

Health Considerations

While vaping is generally considered less harmful than smoking, nicotine is still a highly addictive substance.

It’s important to use it responsibly. If you’re trying to quit smoking, gradually reducing your nicotine strength can be an effective strategy to completely rid yourself of conventional cigarettes.

Remember, the goal is to find a balance that suits your personal needs and preferences. Happy vaping!

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