It is a common assumption that every electronic cigarette contains nicotine. In truth, personal vaporizers can be customized to contain no nicotine at all. It is one of the reasons personal vaporizers have become a popular alternative to traditional tobacco products.

Electronic cigarette nicotine cartridges or stand-alone e-liquids are generally available in five strengths:

  • Zero: 0 mg

  • Light: 4-8 mg

  • Medium: 12-16 mg

  • Full: 16-24 mg

  • Super: 24-36 mg

In comparison, traditional smokes range in content from 0.7-1.7 mg for some of the most popular domestic brands, according to a report by the U. S. Federal Trade Commission. While electronic cigarette nicotine levels may appear to be higher at first glance, it is important to remember that a single personal vaporizer cartridge or liquid-filled tank generally lasts the average user as long as an entire pack of traditional smokes (usually 20 sticks). This means that the strongest commonly-available e-liquid, when divided by the 20-stick equivalent of an entire pack of traditional smokes, delivers an average punch of approximately 1.8 mg which is comparable to some of the strongest domestic tobacco sticks on the market.

Of course, the absorption of electronic cigarette nicotine levels is as unique to the user of a personal vaporizer as it is to the traditional smoker. The strength of draw, frequency and number of puffs all depend on the habits of the individual smoker or vaper.

Generally speaking, light-range e-liquid compares to ultra light traditional smokes; medium-range e-liquid measures up to traditional light varieties, and full-flavor e-liquid is similar in strength to full-bodied regular tobacco sticks. Super-strength e-liquid corresponds to the strongest domestic smokes.

The primary difference between electronic and traditional cigarettes is that personal vaporizers do not utilize tar as the vehicle to deliver electronic cigarette nicotine. Tar has long been believed to be the most harmful substance in traditional smokes, composed of a host of carcinogens known to have harmful effects on the health of smokers. Basic e-liquid, on the other hand, is generally made of four components only:

  • Food-grade propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin (approximately 60 percent)

  • Nicotine liquid (approximately 20 percent)

  • Distilled water (approximately 10 percent)

  • Food-grade flavoring (approximately 10 percent)

Some e-liquids contain less water for a higher-density vapor, or none at all. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin (both are organic compounds found in numerous food products, medications and more) can be used independently or at a combination of various ratios, for thicker or thinner solutions.

E-liquid sellers sometimes recommend that beginners using tank systems begin their vaping journey by initially purchasing small amounts of super-strength liquid as well as zero nicotine liquid. This strategy allows the customer to experiment with various strengths by mixing the two e-liquids at different ratios until a perfect balance is achieved. If a 50:50 ratio turns out to be the preferred blend, then a medium-strength e-liquid will likely deliver the optimum results going forward. Likewise, a 75:25 ratio may indicate that a full-strength e-liquid may be a good fit for future orders, while a 25:75 ratio may point toward a light e-liquid for a good match.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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