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Choosing the right nicotine level for e-liquid

Choosing the Right E-Liquid Nicotine Levels

When you first start vaping, e-cigarettes can seem a little overwhelming, with new terminology, more parts than you know what to do with and countless little decisions to make along the way.

One of the most important choices you have to make when you start vaping is related to the nicotine level in your vape liquid – after all, nicotine is really what brings smokers to use premium e-liquid.

But with so many nicotine levels to choose from – ordinarily 0 mg, 6 mg, 12 mg, 18 mg and 24 mg/ml – how are you supposed to know where to start?

Understanding E-Liquid Nicotine Levels

Nicotine level is expressed as a quantity of nicotine (in milligrams, mg, which is 1/1000 of a gram) per milliliter. So, for example, you might buy a 15 ml bottle of e-liquid in 18 mg/ml of nicotine: this means that for each milliliter in the bottle, there is 18 mg of nicotine, and so the whole bottle contains 15 ml × 18 mg/ml = 270 mg of nicotine. This is why keeping e-juice with nicotine away from children and pets is important: although each milliliter only contains a relatively small amount of nicotine, a full bottle really does have quite a lot, and kids and pets can have severe reactions to much smaller quantities than adults.

Although the mg/ml method of displaying nicotine is most common, they might also be (equivalently) expressed as percentages, so 6 mg/ml is 0.6 %, 12 mg/ml is 1.2 % and so on.

Nicotine Delivery: E-Cigarettes vs. Cigarettes

While you could probably find something suitable on the basis of what you’ve already learned and the information on a cigarette pack, there’s one more thing to consider: cigarettes are more efficient at delivering nicotine than e-cigarettes. This has been shown in a fairly straightforward piece of research that measured the quantities of nicotine in e-liquid and in the vapor produced from it, but has been more convincingly demonstrated in studies looking at the amount of nicotine present in the blood of vapers in comparison to that present in the blood of smokers.

A study of the latter type found that it takes about 35 minutes of vaping to produce the same levels of nicotine in the blood as is found after just five minutes of smoking. And crucially, this was only true with a higher-powered, later-generation device – cigarette-sized models still don’t produce equal amounts of blood nicotine after a whole hour of vaping.

Which Nicotine Level Should I Go For?

So now we have enough information to work with to determine which nicotine strength will be best for you. Generally, smokers start out with 18 mg/ml e-liquids, but the decision shouldn’t be made that simply. The blood nicotine study above used 18 mg/ml e-liquids, and realistically, the findings show that this – even combined with a high-end device – won’t give you as big a hit of nicotine as a cigarette. The authors concluded that as high as 50 mg/ml would be needed to achieve that, but nobody offers e-liquid that strong.

This is because there’s a trade-off between getting a lot of nicotine and having a pleasant vaping experience. Higher-nicotine natural e-liquid are harsher to vape, and if 50 mg/ml e-liquids existed, nobody would use them for that reason.

So let’s consider each common nicotine level in turn:

24 mg/ml: This is generally recommended for heavier smokers, of more than a pack a day. However, the study above shows that if you do want a solid hit of nicotine to help you make the switch, it’s worth considering for even pack-a-day smokers. Research has suggested that vapers who start with over 20 mg/ml are more likely to quit smoking.

18 mg/ml: While the above is true, there’s good reason this is usually recommended. It gives a nice dose of nicotine, but crucially, it’s not as harsh as 24 mg/ml. If you’re roughly a pack-a-day smoker, this is the ideal level for a first vape, then if you find you don’t get enough nicotine, bump up to 24 mg/ml.

12 mg/ml: If you’ve vaped for a while or were only an occasional or light smoker, 12 mg/ml is an ideal nicotine level. Most smokers won’t get enough nicotine if they start here, though.

6 mg/ml: This is really intended for those gradually reducing their nicotine consumption – a stop off on the way to becoming nicotine-free.

0 mg/ml: No nicotine! Why would someone vape this? Part of the appeal of e-cigarettes is the hand-to-mouth action, the visible vapor exhalation and the whole ritual of nicotine consumption. This is for when the behavioral side of things is all you’re vaping for.

Extra Tips for Getting Enough Nicotine

You’ve undoubtedly noticed that the choice isn’t as simple as it seems. But it isn’t really complicated either, and most advice boils down to: “start at 18 mg/ml unless you’re a heavy smoker, then 24 mg/ml.” However, to give yourself the best shot at quitting smoking, there are a few points that will help you make the transition:

  • Use a bigger, more powerful device: Many variable voltage or wattage (VV/VW) e-cigarettes let you increase the power, and are more effective than cigarette-sized devices for nicotine delivery.
  • Vape longer: Regardless of your device, vaping as a habit is different to smoking. Spend a bit more time vaping than you would have done smoking, especially at first. It might feel odd (like you’re somehow more addicted), but really it’s just because vaping isn’t as efficient when it comes to delivering nicotine.
  • Know when you’ve had too much: At the same time, it’s useful to know the signs of too much nicotine: nausea, dizziness and stomach pains are the most common. If you have these symptoms – take a break! If this happens regularly, you should probably step down a nicotine level or vape less often.

Conclusion – Successfully Shifting Your Addiction

Finally, don’t worry too much about the whole “addiction” element. You want to quit smoking, which is fantastic, but it helps to separate quitting smoking from quitting nicotine, at least at first. Don’t shy away from more nicotine if you think it will help you reduce the harm associated with your addiction. Even if, after trying lower levels, you feel like you need 36 mg/ml e-liquids to make the switch: go for it! The goal for now is to shift your addiction to vaping, and that means getting a satisfying hit of vape juice with nicotine.

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Source: https://www.v2.com/blog/2016/11/how-much-nicotine-is-in-your-vape/

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Michael Grey

With a passion to educate through my writings and a passion to help others, I found my place here at Black Note. Being that I am a former smoker who quit smoking because of vaping, I knew I could help others do the same. Working for Black Note is a true blessing. Not only do I help educate vapers on a daily basis through my writings, but I am also enjoying the benefits of working with an amazing team and sharing an authentic tobacco solution with the vaping community.
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What is E-Juice?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

WARNING: Black Note products are not smoking cessation products and have not been tested as such. Black Note products are intended for use by adults of legal smoking age (21 or older in California), and not by children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Black Note products contain nicotine, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Ingestion of the non-vaporized concentrated ingredients can be poisonous. Keep out of reach of children and pets. For immediate advice, contact poison control center: (800) 222-1222