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How to Select the Right Amount of Nicotine To Vape

Like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the best way to find the perfect amount of nicotine is to experiment with the strength of nicotine in your vaping gear. After you get an initial handle on how vaping works, it’s good to test nicotine strengths against your tolerance.  

This takes a certain level of self awareness of your nicotine intake as a smoker, and how much tolerance for nicotine that translates into as a vaper. The most important thing is to find that sweet spot, that special sensation for an enjoyable vaping experience.

Let’s take you through the three levels of nicotine enjoyment, and what that means for the smoker trying to quit.

  1. Too Little Nicotine

When getting off of cigarettes and getting into vaping, a common experience is compensatory vaping due to the sudden lack of nicotine you expect in cigarettes.

Because your body has become used to having a certain amount of nicotine in it, choosing a replacement e-liquid with less nicotine than your cigarettes could potentially result in compensation smoking. This means that you will end up smoking traditional cigarettes (or vaping much more than you'd smoke) to make up for the nicotine your body craves.

The reason for this is that your body will start to crave its normal amount of nicotine and you may think that the e-cigarette just doesn’t work for you. Unfortunately, this is where some smokers go back to smoking regular cigarettes, which is not optimal. Instead, all you need is a stronger strength

  1. Too Much Nicotine

On the other hand, if you were a smoker and accustomed to lighter cigarettes, and when you decided to quit and chose an e-liquid that contains 36mg of nicotine, you may overload your body with more nicotine than it needs.

Common symptoms of overloading yourself on nicotine are unpleasant hits to the back of the throats and some light-headedness - you might even experience the nausea you got as a new smoker when lighting up too frequently. Like vaping too little strength, this can result in not liking your e-cigarette, and a return to cigarettes.

It really depends on how much you previously smoked, how often you now vape, and finding a happy medium between the two. Your nicotine level can be tweaked, and difficulties with e-cigs can be averted if you know your tolerance level.

    3. The Sweet Spot

Finding the sweet spot for your nicotine strength gives instant satisfaction, and getting the strength that’s perfect for your tolerance makes you want to curl up in a bed for a nap. The sweet spot can be found and you can easily avert any difficulties with nicotine strength just by knowing yourself and your tolerance better.

For example, if you smoked a pack a day (or more) and you're going to use a more traditional low-power vape, you'll want to try a higher nicotine level, say 18 mg. Some vape juice manufacturers will go as high as 24 mg, a few even make 36 mg. Use caution for high levels! If you’re new to vaping and never smoked before, it’s probably best for you to start on 12 mg or lower so that you don’t overload too quick.

A major caveat here - depending on the device you're using, you may want much higher (or lower) nicotine level juice than the baseline discussed here. Advanced adjustable-wattage mods powered by replaceable 18650 batteries and sub-ohm clearomizers will produce much larger clouds, meaning you're consuming much more liquid than with a high-resistance, low-power vaporizer like a cigalike. As your liquid consumption increases, your nicotine level needs to decrease to result in a constant nicotine level.

At Breazy we offer hundreds of tiered nicotine options which can accommodate any vaper’s needs. Start at the amount that matches your current tobacco product, and then just reduce the level gradually over time until it feels right for you. For some customers, we even offer nicotine-free options so you may continue the ritual of smoking but without the nicotine. The goal for these products is to get you off of nicotine altogether. .