Vaping 101: How to Choose Your Nicotine Strength

May 20, 2018

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Many people who have been smoking for a while comment on just how hard it is to quit, but as nicotine vaporizer devices become more popular, more people are stubbing out the cigarettes and choosing to vape instead.

If you are new to vaping, however, it's not quite the same as buying a pack at your corner store! Make sure you consider why many people prefer vaping and some of the elements of choosing liquid for your vaporizer - such as nicotine strength as well as Nicotine Type (if you're making it yourself) - before you use it to make the switch from cigarettes.

Vaping Versus Smoking

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There are a few ways in which vaping offers benefits to folks who want to stop smoking or smoke less. One major element is that, since vapor dissipates quickly and doesn't involve ash or burning, the smell is much less intense. Another element is that vaping e-liquids come in a variety of strengths. This means that it is possible to get just as much of a nicotine buzz while vaping, but it is also possible to slowly cut the amount of nicotine you use. 

One of the powerful ways that smoking remains a long-term habit is by being associated with taking a break and unwinding; when one can use vaping instead of a smoke break, it replaces the habit with one that is less harmful but still lets you unwind. E-liquid also comes in a variety of flavors and many people see them as more fun, especially since you can maintain the habit even if you get to a totally nicotine-free level.

While vaping in general can sometimes not promise this, Velvet Cloud in particular works hard to make sure their e-juice is the highest quality substance you could put through a vaporizer. This means no artificial sweeteners, no coloring, and only pure ingredients. The result is a natural, high-quality liquid that you can trust, which is a clear advantage over the many chemicals produced in tobacco smoke. 

Vaping to replace smoking is a common strategy, and the numbers seem to point to it being a good idea. A study in the journal Addiction found e-cigarettes and other vaporizers to be 60% more effective in eliminating the smoking habit than strategies like willpower alone or the patch. This may be because it replaces the activity of smoking itself with another pleasurable activity, and also because it can include a smaller nicotine strength than cigarettes.

Choosing a Nicotine Strength

Velvet Cloud sells liquids in strengths of 0, 3, 6, and 12 milligrams. This refers to the amount of milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of vaping liquid. One of the benefits of choosing one of our delicious flavors is that you can slowly cut from higher dosages of nicotine down to zero while continuing to have the same flavor experience.

For the Moderate Smoker

12mg vaping liquid is a great place to start for those who were smoking moderately or smoked light cigarettes. The buzz will be similar, so it is less tempting to switch back over to cigarettes, and many people who are just looking for the variety and fun of vaping switch over to this while continuing to keep the nicotine fix.

For Those trying to Quit Smoking

If you are working on trying to quit, it can be beneficial to switch to a 6mg vaping liquid every so often. At first, use one for every 4th or 5th cartridge you go through, so that you may notice a slight dip or withdrawal, but not constantly. It is similar to those who know they drink a lot of coffee and start subbing in a couple scoops of decaf into the pot with the regular. While it may seem like a drop in the bucket now, it means that you don't feel like you are quitting, and we all know how bad that can feel!

When you've scaled back to where you are using a mix of 6mg and 12mg to the point where you can consider cutting out the 12mg entirely, that can be a great time to stay with 6mg for a little while. If it still feels different, like you aren't getting as much of a nicotine fix, it's good to stay at this level until it becomes the new normal. Only then does it make sense to sub in some 3mg.

For Those Vaping For Pleasure

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Those who eventually get down to only 0mg vaping liquid are often in it simply for the oral fixation, the chance to take a break and unwind, and the pleasure of vaping. And why not? With so many flavors available - and everyone needing a moment to themselves now and then - vaping is a great way to cut nicotine's addictive effects while still getting a chance to slow the day down a bit.

Vaping: With or Without Nicotine?

Some people realize after experimenting with different nicotine levels that they don't really enjoy the nicotine-free e-juice as much; after all, if you've gotten used to the way nicotine from cigarettes makes you feel, you may still crave it even after you cut out cigarettes! The nice element of the 12mg, 6mg, 3mg, and 0mg options is that you don't have to settle at 0. You can scale back up some, such at going to 3mg or 6mg, to get some of the kickback, but in effect, you are consuming a quarter or a half of the nicotine you'd get from higher dosages or cigarettes themselves.

This is an excellent way to cut overall nicotine intake but still get a bit of the element that made smoking pleasant for so many years. That being said, many people also find that they don't miss the nicotine after they've very slowly phased it out, so everybody is different. You may have to experiment with different levels of e-juice before you figure out exactly what works best for you.

Get The Highest Quality E-Liquid From Velvet Cloud

For high-quality vaping liquid that comes in a variety of nicotine levels to help you replace smoking, check out the rest of Velvet Cloud's products and our frequently asked questions. An effective and pleasant replacement for smoking is right here!

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