To succeed in quitting smoking with the electronic cigarette, it is important to vape an e-liquid with a nicotine level adapted to your smoking profile. In this article, we tell you more about nicotine and will help you define the rate that suits you.


Nicotine, what is it?

Like caffeine, nicotine is an alkaloid. That is to say, an organic substance of plant origin. It is present in tobacco but not only. Indeed, it is also found in certain foods such as eggplants, tomatoes or potatoes. In tobacco, it represents up to 5% of the dry weight of the plant.

There are natural receptors in the brain where nicotine will bind, which provide pleasure. The more the brain receives pleasure, the more it needs the “pleasure molecule”, which leads to addiction. Namely, that inhalation is the mode of absorption that will act most quickly on our receptors (faster than intravenously). The faster the rate of absorption, the more likely one is to be dependent. It should also be noted that the PH plays an important role in this speed and that the PH of the nicotine present in cigarettes, and the PH of the nicotine present in e-liquids for vaping are different.

Contrary to popular belief, nicotine is neither dangerous nor carcinogenic. It is addictive, but the only potentially harmful effect of nicotine is an increased heart rate and increased blood pressure. It is for this reason that it is not recommended for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases. 

The danger of smoking lies in the combustion, which leads to the creation of tar, carbon monoxide, and other substances harmful to health. 

Nicotine in e-liquids

The nicotine present in e-liquids is the same as that found in other nicotine substitutes (patches, gums, etc.). Namely that it is of pharmaceutical quality. It allows you to feel the same sensation in the throat (hit) as with traditional cigarettes, and like other substitutes, fills the gap. Hence the importance of using a rate adapted to your addiction to successfully quit smoking. With an e-liquid under-dosed in nicotine, the risk of feeling a lack and cracking is high. Especially since we risk having an excessive consumption of liquid. 

In Europe, e-liquid bottles for electronic cigarettes cannot contain more than 10ml when they contain nicotine and the maximum authorized rate is 20mg/ml.

Take advice from a professional

The best way to get the nicotine level and an electronic cigarette model that matches your smoking profile is to go to a vaping professional. After asking you various questions about your consumption habits, he will be able to offer you equipment and e-liquid adapted to your needs.