The nicotine level in an e liquid really depends on your personal preference. For those switching from tobacco, one option is to consider your previous smoking habits. If you consider regular eliquids, levels from 0 to 18mg/ml are the most popular, moving up in increments: 3mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg. For Saltnic based liquids, you will find levels in the range of 20mg, 30 and even 50mg/ml. Remember that Saltnic liquids are vaped at low power (typically 10-20 watts). Most starter kits, Pods and Disposables are preadjusted for you.
Higher strengths are available depending on country regulations and retailers. Things to consider when choosing one level over another:
0mg/ml – Perfect for non-smokers or someone who wants to give vaping a go. At 0mg you can try whatever flavour appeals to you.
3mg/ml – Suitable for light smokers who want to see what vaping is all about. Three mg is about as low as you’ll find above nicotine-free.
6mg/ml – Six is the standard launch point for regular smokers who make the switch to vaping. It’s also a good jumping off point, making it easy to move up or down the nicotine hierarchy.
12mg/ml – This is the level for pack-a-day tobacco smokers. At 12mg the ‘throat hit’ is a rougher physical sensation, which could be off-putting for a first-time vaper.
18mg/ml – This is level H for hardcore, suitable for a chain smoker who burns through daily packs without a second thought.
For Saltnic based liquids:
20mg/ml - Perfect in my opinion is suitable for the occasional smoker.
30mg/ml - Would be ideal for the majority of smokers.
50mg/ml - Ideal for the chain smoker.
VAPEGASIM'S RECOMMENDATION BASED ON EXPERIENCE!
DO NOT MIX AND MATCH BETWEEN REGULAR AND SALTNIC. I WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU DON'T START LOW AND WORK YOUR WAY UP TO HIGH LEVELS. YOU CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO QUIT A BAD HABBIT AND CREATE A DEPENDENCE ON NICOTINE. MY VIEW IS YOU START LOW OR AT THE MID POINT AND WORK YOUR WAY DOWN WITH TIME. YOU CAN THEN SETTLE ON A LEVEL OR STOP ALTOGETHER.
I STARTED ON 3MG REGULAR 10 YEARS AGO AND NEVER CHANGED. THIS WAS ALSO A MINDSET!!
THE NICOTINE CONTROVERSY:
Many people think that nicotine in vape juice and in tobacco is the most dangerous chemical but this is not quite true! Nicotine is, however, very addictive. It's no different than Caffeine. When you don’t get the intake of nicotine that your brain is used to, you develop an intense craving. This craving doesn’t last for long (some say it lasts 20 seconds or less) but every second can feel like agony when your brain is screaming that you need a nicotine fix!
Why is Nicotine So Addictive?
When you consume nicotine in tobacco or when you vape your brain releases a chemical called dopamine.
The release of dopamine ‘teaches’ the brain to repeat the same behaviour over and over again.
This is known as reinforcement.
The more times you consume nicotine, the more ‘hits’ your brain gets. When you stop smoking or use nicotine-free vaping juice, your brain is no longer getting the regular hits – and it starts to scream to tell you it needs it! This is what drives the addictive behaviour behind smoking and why giving up is so hard to do. You could follow the ‘cold turkey’ route so when you switch from cigarettes to vaping, you choose an ejuice with a zero nicotine content. Or you can take the little-by-little approach choosing a lower strength nicotine content vaping juice over several months.
WHAT ARE NICSALTS OR SALTNIC/SALT NICOTINE?
For some smokers, the nicotine hit in the top strength vape juice is not enough. The answer lies in Saltnic. Saltnic are the exact same form of nicotine that you would find in tobacco. Nicotine can also be derived synthetically in a lab or from certain fruits and vegetables (Aubergines, Tomatoes, etc.) It may be addictive but nicotine on its own carries far fewer toxins and nasties found in tobacco itself.
Saltnic is the natural state of nicotine.
It has a better absorption rate meaning you get a stronger hit of nicotine that lasts longer but without the harshness found in regular liquids at high nicotine levels.
The ‘salt’ in Saltnic alters the PH of the eliquid meaning it to be absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, giving you an instant, enjoyable hit and one that lasts longer too. But there are other reasons why people opt to use Saltnic liquids:
As well as a better nicotine hit, Saltnics are a better option for people who don’t vape regularly as they give a longer-lasting nicotine hit.
They can be an effective ‘nicotine replacement’ option for people who smoke more than one cigarette a day.
Some users say that Saltnics offer a smoother vape that is also more flavoursome.
Saltnics are compatible with many mods and vapes, making them a cost-effective option too.
Typically, Saltnic based liquids are available in 30ML or less bottle sizes. They would also typically cost more or less the same as a regular eliquids at 60 or even 100ML. The reason is simple: you may go through regular eliquid quicker but with Saltnic, you would not. It's not designed for "chain vaping" or vaping at high power levels.