How to choose the right nicotine strength for your e-liquid

In England about 60% of smokers want to quit the habit.

But that’s a lot easier said than done.

One of the most popular ways to stop smoking is to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) which uses patches, sprays and gums to replace the nicotine from cigarettes and help you quit.

But another, highly successful solution is to use e-cigarettes and vaping products as a replacement.

That’s because you can buy e-liquids containing different strengths of nicotine, which give you more control and can be more effective as a stop-smoking tool.

Here are a few reasons why using nicotine in e-liquids is a great way to quit smoking

What are e-liquids?

E-liquids are what goes into a vape.

The liquid is heated to create a vapour and create the sensation of smoking.

The majority of e-liquids contain nicotine at varying strengths.

While they do contain nicotine, they don’t contain the other thousands of chemicals you find in cigarettes.

This makes them a better choice, and a much healthier way of getting a nicotine fix.

What are the different strengths you can use?

Standard nicotine strengths in e-liquids range from 0-12mg.

You can get combined liquids which have both the flavour of your choice and a percentage of nicotine.

The average strength used is 6-12mg, which previous light to average smokers tend to go for.

There are 18mg options for heavy smokers that have high levels of cravings.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is an e-liquid containing 0mg of nicotine, for those who no longer have cravings but feel like they need the sensation from time to time.

These are also popular with people who have never smoked but want to try vaping without having the addiction concerns that come from using a nicotine product.

Which one should you choose?

When deciding on a strength of e-liquid you need to look at your smoking habits.

If you used to smoke a lot very regularly, a higher strength e-liquid will probably be best for you to match the nicotine levels you had from smoking – at least when starting out.

If you didn’t smoke that regularly, a low strength would be fine for you.

If you start on a lower strength than you’re used to with cigarettes, you may need to vape more to get the hit you want compared to using a liquid with a high strength of nicotine.

This may not sound like a good thing but it can help you reduce your cravings.

How to use e-liquids to control your cravings

It’s a common misconception that vaping and e-cigarettes are just an alternative to smoking regular cigarettes.

And they can be.

But they’re actually really useful when it comes to quitting smoking and reducing your nicotine cravings.

As mentioned above, you should choose a strength that suits your cravings.

Over time, you can reduce the nicotine strength.

You’ll notice that you reach for your vape less often the lower the strength you use, this is a sign you can further reduce it.

Using e-liquids as a treatment to stop smoking

It takes a lot of willpower to stop smoking, which is why it’s important you get the right treatment for you.

Using a vape as a form of nicotine replacement therapy is successful due to the action used and the sensation it gives.

Because it’s similar to smoking, people are more likely to use it than a patch or gum because they’re already used to the process.

As we’ve already mentioned, reducing nicotine strengths in your e-liquid is the key to quitting smoking.

Start from a medium to high strength and work your way down over time.

It’s important not to rush into lower strengths, it’ll be ineffective and a waste of time.

If you are a heavy smoker and want to use vapes to quit, you need to understand it’ll be a hard process, but the slower you take it, the more effective it’ll be.

Choosing a supplier that can help you

It may not seem that important, but the quality of your e-liquid can have an effect on how well they work.

The higher the quality, the better the experience.

Picking an e-liquid can be a mind field, there is such a wide range of flavours and strengths, so it’s hard to know what you need.

By speaking to a supplier that knows what they’re talking about you can get all the information you need.

Our experts at Cloudstix can recommend products, give you guidance on how to reduce your nicotine strength and improve your knowledge on e-liquids.

Get in touch to speak to one of our team.