Understanding Nicotine Levels in E-cigs

E-cigs have been on the market for some time now, yet there continues to be a great deal of confusion surrounding the topic. Another thing to realize is that different brands offer different options when it comes to these devices. On top of that, the world of the electronic smokeless industry continues to grow and change, so what may have been true in the beginning is not necessarily still true now.

Although many users have found electronic devices to be an important part of being able to kick their traditional tobacco habit, the controversy continues in regards to whether the electronic version are actually any better or not. The bottom line is that it is important to have a better understanding of what exactly is involved when it comes to the ingredients of these electronic cigarette devices.

From Full Nicotine to None

If you are still learning about electronic cigarettes, you may not be aware of everything there is to know about these devices. One common misconception or little known fact is that most versions still contain nicotine. Basically the e-juice that goes into the device to help create the vapor contains nicotine. You can, however, shop around and compare brands to find out which brands offer what.

The important part is to at least be aware of what the content is before making your purchase. Generally this is what you will find:

  • XXX High Density – This is the highest form of e-cig that contains the highest level of nicotine, which is usually just under 50 mg of nicotine. In many cases, this may even be higher than what you would smoke with a standard tobacco cigarette.
  • XX High Density – Obviously the lower the amount of Xs the lower the amount of nicotine. Generally you may find close to 36 mg or slightly higher for nicotine content, which still makes this a higher level than standard cigarettes.
  • X High Density – This level means you will find close to 25 mg or slightly less for the nicotine. The problem is this formula is still higher than the standard tobacco cigarette.
  • High Density – At around 18 mg of nicotine, the high density electronic smokeless is about where your typical full flavor tobacco cigarette rates.
  • Medium Density – Averaging between 10-15 mg, the medium density nicotine levels are comparable to a regular cigarette.
  • Low Density – Low density is usually about 6 mg of nicotine finally resulting in “better” levels as far as e-cigs go. The amount of nicotine in the low density version is close to lights or ultra lights.
  • Non Nicotine – Although still more challenging to find, there are options available that contain no nicotine. If you are concerned with the levels in your own device, this may be the best approach to take.

What It All Means

So you have the numbers but may not really be aware of what it all means. To help put it into better perspective consider these examples:

  • If you smoke a full flavor type of standard tobacco cigarettes, you are probably looking at around 24 mg of nicotine for the entire pack. In X High Density e-juice, you are getting about the same amount of nicotine in the concentrated formula. Either way it would be about the same, but you should realize this is a high level of nicotine for an electronic smokeless device.
  • Light cigarettes come in at around .7 mg per cigarette, causing the entire pack to be 14 mg of nicotine. Yet this is still a medium density version of the electronic cigs.

Many people wonder if you can create an electronic version that does not utilize nicotine, then why bother to include it at all? The main reason for it is the taste and the throat hit. The throat hit is that burst of sensation one feels in the back of the throat when either smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes or vaping with an electronic device.

The other thing to keep in mind is that nicotine is not thought to be the carcinogenic factor for standard or electronic versions of cigarettes. Nicotine is believed to be the highly addictive ingredient that can lead to reliance upon the substance. Some people even have a sensitivity to this ingredient and should avoid it whenever possible. For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not a good idea to use any products that contain nicotine.

In other words, you may want to try to start with a version of these electronic devices that use little to no nicotine. If you can get accustomed to not having it, you may find you can do fine without it. If you find you are still craving it, you should try to then only use options with the lowest content possible.

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