How Do Nicotine Levels Work?

It can be difficult to understand the varying levels of nicotine in e-liquids and how they work. This blog post will tell you all you need to know about nicotine-containing e-liquids and their different strength availabilities, and how to figure out which strength is the right one for you.

This is particularly important because to experience a satisfying vape which calms your cravings, you need to be using an e-liquid with an equivalent strength to mirror your current tobacco habit. You can then begin to move down to lower strengths until you eventually reach 0mg and effectively break free from the grasps of nicotine addiction for good.

One question which is commonly asked is whether or not the nicotine in e-liquids is the same as the nicotine found in traditional cigarettes. Vaping and smoking both deliver nicotine to the bloodstream via inhalation, but this is where the similarities between the two ends.

The average nicotine content in a traditional cigarette is 4-14mg and the amount that is absorbed into the body is dependent on how much a person smokes and how deeply they inhale.

Strengths of nicotine in e-liquids can range from 0 mg to 18mg, with some nic salt liquids ranging up to 20mg.
(check out our blog about nic salts to find out more).

Generally, classic e-liquids will provide more nicotine and a stronger throat hit than sub ohm juices.  Smokers looking to switch to vaping to quit usually prefer to do so with a classic e-cigarette setup in order to sufficiently satisfy their nicotine cravings. When using a sub ohm e-liquid, the nicotine levels tend to be lower (between 0 and 6mg) to allow the intense flavour of the liquid to be fully enjoyed.

Please see below our chart of nicotine mg’s and who we recommend them for:

Nicotine Strength:Description:Perfect For:
0mg/mlThis E-Liquid contains no nicotineGreat for those no longer needing/craving nicotine
3mg/mlThe lowest level of nicotineIdeal for light smokers or those who occasionally smoke.
6mg/mlFull e-liquid flavour with a low-mid nicotine levelGood for those looking for full flavoured e-liquids.
12mg/mlMid-high level nicotine e-liquidAn appropriate level for those used to smoking between 16-20 cigarettes a day
18mg/mlHigh-level nicotine e-liquidFor those used to smoking a pack (20 cigarettes) or more a day