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Lowering your nicotine consumption

Study: Does Switching to a Lower-Nicotine Liquid Really Make a Difference?

Many vapers start with an intention to gradually switch to no-nicotine vaping. E-liquids are perfectly-designed for it, with a progressive reduction in nicotine strengths from 18 mg/ml (or higher) down through 12 mg/ml, 6 mg/ml, 3 mg/ml and then finally zero nicotine. The good news is that many vapers have made this journey, and have gotten a long part of the way towards no-nicotine e-liquids. But the picture isn’t really as simple as this, and a recent study shows that in many cases, reducing your nicotine level doesn’t actually affect the amount of nicotine you’re consuming on a day-to-day basis. So are the lower nicotine levels even useful? Should you be worried about consuming the same amount of nicotine as you were when you started vaping?


Reducing Nicotine Strength: In Theory vs. In Reality


In theory, reducing the nicotine strength of your liquid seems like it would almost certainly mean you consume less nicotine. If you’re vaping 18 mg/ml but a year later you’re vaping 3 mg/ml, then you must be consuming less, right?


The meaning of the nicotine strength of e-liquid explains part of the issue. The amount is milligrams per milliliter (mg/ml), so it crucially depends on the amount of liquid you consume too. If you have 2 ml of 18 mg/ml e-liquid, you have consumed 36 mg of nicotine. When you vape 6 ml of 6 mg/ml e-liquid, you’ve also consumed 36 mg of nicotine.


If people vaped in exactly the same way after reducing nicotine strengths, then you’d consume less nicotine with lower-strength juice. But they don’t. In fact, one of the most common reasons people reduce their nicotine strength is because they’ve switched to higher-power vaping with sub ohm tanks. This consumes more liquid with every puff, and vapers who switch to sub ohming almost invariably get through more liquid per day afterwards.


On top of this, you have the issue that later-generation e-cigarettes are more efficient at getting nicotine into your bloodstream. Both of these factors have the same potential consequence: upgrading hardware as you reduce nicotine strengths could cancel each other out. This is exactly what the study set out to test.


The Study: Do Vapers Consume Less Nicotine Over Time?


The researchers set out to answer a simple question: as vapers reduce the nicotine strength of their e-juice and upgrade their hardware, does the amount of nicotine that makes it to their bloodstream change? They tested this by recruiting 32 vapers – although 5 dropped out during the study, leaving a sample of 27 – and giving them questionnaires at the start of the study and 12 months later. As well as this, they also tested their saliva for cotinine levels, which is the main substance your body turns nicotine into.


Over the course of the year-long study, the percentage of participants reporting sub ohm vaping increased from 30 to 44 %, and the average nicotine level significantly decreased from 13.8 mg/ml to 9.9 mg/ml. At the same time, the amount of e-liquid consumed per day increased from 4.4 to 6.8 ml, again a significant difference. This very much reflects the trends in the industry over time.


The cotinine measurements confirm the results of a similar study conducted previously: cotinine levels didn’t change significantly over the study period. If anything, the average levels actually increased slightly. Despite reducing nicotine strength, the other changes in the way the participants vaped means that they consumed just as much – if not more – nicotine each day.


The authors conclude:


“The current study has demonstrated that a reduction in nicotine e-liquid concentration (mg/mL) does not translate to a reduction in nicotine absorption, possibly because vapers engage in some form of compensatory puffing and changes in device characteristics resulting in the consumption of greater e-liquid volume. Therefore, any perceived health or addiction-reducing benefits may not be borne out.”


The Benefits of Higher Nicotine Liquids


One important point raised by the authors of the study is that consuming more liquid isn’t necessarily a good thing. While the levels of any harmful chemicals are generally much lower in vapor compared to smoke, the more e-liquid you vape, the more of them you consume. So vaping more e-liquid is probably more risky than vaping less. It won’t make vaping as bad as smoking, but it could easily put some vapers at greater risk than others. Like dry-burning coils, consuming a large amount of low-strength e-liquid could be an avoidable risk compared to consuming less of a high-strength e-liquid.


This is the major benefit to higher nicotine e-liquid. Getting a Black Note e-liquid in 18 mg/ml rather than 3 mg/ml will mean that you need to consume less e-liquid to get a satisfying amount of nicotine, and this probably makes vaping slightly safer.


The Benefits of Lower-Strength Nicotine E-Liquids


But it should go without saying that there is a reason vapers are switching to lower-nicotine e-liquids. When you switch to sub ohm vaping with a mod, the amount of vapor your device produces with each puff increases massively, the flavor you get from the e-liquid generally improves and the whole experience is arguably more satisfying from a sensory perspective. If you want to cloud chase, perform tricks or really revel in your flavor, sub-ohming is the way to go.


The downside in terms of this discussion is that higher-strength e-liquids are much harsher to vape on a sub ohm device, and they’re really better for smoking-like, lower-power, mouth-to-lung devices. If you’ve ever tried sub ohm vaping with an 18 mg/ml e-liquid, you’ll know exactly what I mean: the throat hit from the nicotine becomes very harsh.


So if you’re looking for the top-end performance you get with sub ohm devices – and you don’t have an almost inhuman resistance to throat hit – reducing the nicotine strength of your e-liquid is really the only way to do so comfortably.


Should We Be Worried About Addiction?


One concern some vapers may have about higher-strength e-liquids is addiction. After all, basically all regular vapers are doing so because we got addicted to nicotine through smoking. Nicotine is ultimately what brought us to vaping. On some level, people may feel “trapped” because it’s hard to go without your daily nicotine. Reducing your nicotine strength feels like making progress and getting closer to being free from nicotine altogether. But this study shows that it probably doesn’t mean that in practice.


Should we be worried about this? Only you can really answer this for yourself, but from my perspective the answer is no. The most important thing is that you aren’t smoking anymore. Avoiding addiction might be ideal, but avoiding dangerous combusted tobacco should be your number one priority. If it takes a certain amount of nicotine to help you avoid smoking, then so be it. You may still have a dependence on nicotine, but you’ve taken an important step by making that dependence less risky to yourself and those around you.


If you still want to break free of nicotine, there are ways you can manage your consumption down by vaping. Unfortunately though, it isn’t as simple as just switching to a lower-strength juice.


What’s the Best Approach for Vapers? Is There a Middle-Ground?


The big issue is that if you want better performance, it’s hard to find it in a device you can comfortably use with higher-strength e-juice. But is there a way around this?


There are a few suggestions you could try out.


Strike the Right Balance With Your Nicotine Strength


Firstly, and most simply, you could choose your nicotine strength carefully. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to tolerate the throat hit of 18 mg/ml on a sub ohm, high power device. But that doesn’t mean you need to drop down to 3 mg/ml. Try 12 mg/ml or 6 mg/ml e-liquids, or basically the highest you can tolerate. Then you can enjoy the sub ohm experience without increasing your juice consumption as much as some vapers do.


Try Mouth-To-Lung Devices


Mouth-to-lung inhales are what smokers feel most comfortable with. Although options used to be limited, there are many modern devices that offer this experience with much better performance. For instance, the Innokin Endura T20 is a solid device specifically designed for mouth-to-lung vaping. With a device like this, you’ll get excellent flavor and great vapor production, but it won’t hurt your throat too much if you use it with high-strength e-juice.


Try Pod Mods and Nicotine Salts


The last option makes use of “pod” devices like the Juul, the Suorin Drop or the Smok Infinix. These are designed to use much higher strength e-liquids in a very user-friendly format. The pods won’t put out anywhere near as much vapor as a sub ohm tank. However, they do offer a very satisfying vaping experience all the same.


However, a good option is to use nicotine salt e-liquids without necessarily switching to a pod vape. Nicotine salt e-juice is less harsh on your throat, even for higher nicotine strength e-juice. This means you could get a really high-nicotine juice (even 30 mg/ml or higher) but not get unbearably harsh throat hit. You could even get an 18 mg/ml nicotine salt e-liquid and use it with a higher-power device to get the best of both worlds.


 What About Reducing Your Nicotine Consumption?


If you actually want to consume less nicotine, all you have to do is think about more than just the nicotine strength of your e-juice. Keep track of the amount of e-juice you consume. Alternatively, just the number of puffs you have per day if you can’t track your juice consumption. If you have fewer puffs and consume less e-juice, even if you don’t change nicotine strength, you’re reducing your nicotine intake. This may be challenging, though, so take it steady and reduce your consumption over time. If you change to a lower-strength e-juice, either run the numbers (strength × e-juice consumed = nicotine consumed) or just stick to the same juice consumption to be sure you’re actually reducing.


Vape Your Way, But Keep This Study in Mind


Nobody can tell you how to vape. If you want to sub ohm with a low-strength juice, more power to you. If you want to reduce your nicotine consumption, you should be proud of that decision. And if you don’t, that’s cool too. But this study – and the older one with the same result – is one you should keep in mind. Reducing nicotine strength is not the same as reducing the nicotine you consume, and you need to remember that if you want to become nicotine-free one day.  

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee Johnson is a writer and vaper from the UK. He started vaping in 2012, and since then has contributed to E-Cigarette Reviewed, E-Cigarette Direct’s Ashtray Blog and Vaping360. He strongly believes smokers need accurate information about vaping and other reduced-harm alternatives to smoking. He has a degree in physics from the Open University and a passion for all forms of science.
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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

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.

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