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What Nicotine Strength Do I Need?

What nicotine strength do I need?

Figuring out the right nicotine strength can be a tricky task for some users. In fact, a number of users fail to commit to vaping because they have been unknowingly using the incorrect strength of nicotine. 

It is worth noting that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to strength of nicotine, however, we will break all the strengths down and give you some tips and pointers! Read on to find out what the different strengths mean and help guide you towards the right strength for yourself.

What are the nicotine strengths available?

Many brands may make their e-liquids available in a various amount of strengths. Typically, the following strengths are found most commonly in e-liquids; 0mg (0% (nicotine free)), 3mg (0.3%), 6mg (0.6%), 8mg (0.8%), 10mg (1.0%), 12mg (1.2%), 16mg (1.6%), 18mg (1.8%), and 20mg (2.0%). 

In our VAPEcom 10ml E-Liquids, we make the following strengths; 0mg, 3mg, 8mg, 16mg, and 20mg.

What do nicotine strengths mean?

When we talk about a nicotine strength, such as 8mg, it is 8mg per ml of e-liquid. For the most part, tanks only have a capacity of 2ml because of the TPD rules & regulations. So, only when you use half of a 2ml tank worth of e-liquid, you would have consumed 8mg of nicotine. 

Every bottle of e-liquid you purchase, you will see somewhere on the label what strength it is. 

The higher you go in nicotine, the more you will be taking in per inhale. Some users choose to go for a low strength and vape more frequently, whereas some may go for a higher strength, and vape less frequently. However, the high you go in nicotine, the stronger it will feel on the back of your throat. Read on to understand what this means.

What is a throat hit? 

A throat hit refers to how strong the nicotine feels on the back of your throat when you inhale vapour from an e-cigarette. 

This sensation on the back of the throat is the reason why many users fail to successfully transition from tobacco to vaping. A lot of the time, new users think they need the highest strength of nicotine to ensure they stay away from tobacco. What happens is they try their really strong nicotine, experience a really strong scratching sensation on the back of their throat. This can make some users cough and create an overall negative experience. If this is happening to you, then it would be a good idea to step down in your nicotine strength. 

Go down to a lower strength and you should improve your overall vaping experience.

What nicotine strength should I use?

The million dollar question! We can’t tell you exactly which strength you should be using, however, we can give you a rough guide and a few tips before starting your vaping journey!

3mg nicotine:

3mg is a low strength of nicotine and most commonly used by users who are cutting down their nicotine strength and on their way to nicotine free. In relation to cigarettes, 3mg would be used by social smokers or users who only smoke a few a cigarettes a day.

8mg nicotine:

8mg is a low-medium strength which is one of the most popular strengths. 8mg is a good starting point as it will easily fight your cravings, without giving you too much nicotine or a really strong hit on the back of your throat. In relation to cigarettes, 8mg would be used by users who would smoke anywhere between 5-15 cigarettes a day. With that being said, many users who smoked more than that started vaping on this strength and found it to be the most ideal. 

16mg nicotine:

16mg is a medium-high strength which will give you a strong sensation on the back of your throat. In relation to cigarettes, 16mg would be used by users who smoked 15+ cigarettes a day.

20mg nicotine:

20mg is the highest strength available by law. This will give you a really harsh sensation on the back of your throat. We would not recommend starting on this strength! In relation to cigarettes, this would be used by users who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day and feel heavily dependant on nicotine.

So, which one should you go for? Of course this will depend on your needs and how much you rely on nicotine, but we would suggest starting at either 3mg or 8mg nicotine. It is always better to start lower. If you start too high, you may have a poor experience, making you less likely to carry on vaping. Start low, see how you feel, and if you do feel that you need more to help fight your cravings, then you can always go up a strength. 

Remember, your nicotine strength is not a commitment. It is only a bottle of e-liquid. If you’re unhappy with the strength you’re using, then simply change it for a lower/higher strength. It is all about trial and error in the beginning. This also includes your choice of flavour. Try a number of different flavours and see what suits you best.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us on we are more than happy to help. There’s no such things a silly question with vaping! 

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