E-cigarettes are most popular among ex-smokers. This is no surprise when you take into account how vaping is most widely used as a smoking cessation tool. With organisations such as Cancer Research UK promoting e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, 98% safer to be precise, you can see why ever more ex-smokers are being drawn to vaping. This is why all e-liquids will state clearly on the packet the stats concerning its nicotine content. With various strengths out there ranging from 20 mg to 0 mg of nicotine, you will often find vapers inquiring at their vape shops about the nicotine content in their e-cigarettes. To get a full picture of what nicotine content will satisfy your needs, it’s best to explore the nicotine content found in cigarettes and the relationship it has with that found in smoking cessation tools such as vape devices.
How much nicotine is in tobacco?
With each unlit cigarette holding about give or take a gram of tobacco, this on average amounts to around 8 and half milligrams of tobacco. When you compare this to vaping, which can be as low as 3 mg of nicotine, the average smoker will ingest far more than any smoking cessation tool available over the counter or on prescription. Although there may be 8 mg in cigarettes, as little as a quarter of that will be absorbed into the blood stream, and thus even less in vape juice. Tobacco smoke has had some crafty tricks up its sleeves over its existence to make nicotine more potent. Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors are some of the chemicals found inside tobacco smoke which makes you crave nicotine more than before, building up your addiction, whilst ammonia in tobacco is used to give a far more desirable nicotine hit. These are just some of the ways that nicotine in tobacco is altered to make it more addictive than in alternatives.
When it comes down to it, there’s only so much which can be measured. With experts such as Prof. Bernd Mayer of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Karl-Franzens University Graz claiming that there’s 2 mg’s absorbed by the human body, whilst UCLA psychiatry professor Arthur Brody claims there to be only as much as 1 mg, the nicotine intake comes down to the habits of the smoker.
Those habits are known as self-titration. This is the idea that our bodies, on an instinctive and subconscious level, know how much nicotine we need to ingest to satisfy our cravings. This means that as an individual our intake of nicotine will vary from person to person. Take a roll up cigarette for instance; with these you can control the amount of tobacco you smoke, which will vary from nicotine strength to nicotine strength per cigarette. Signs that you are craving another nicotine intake include getting the jitters, a headache, dizziness and insomnia. If you need another nicotine intake, you’ll usually be very aware.
Will nicotine strength in cigarettes change anytime soon?
Dating back to the 90’s, there have been tests into the use of nicotine free tobacco. As more and more clinical studies are carried out, the idea of nicotine free tobacco products are looking increasingly like a reality every day. This may work wonders for the vape industry, as more and more people turn to vaping to satisfy their nicotine needs as opposed to what could become a thoroughly underwhelming tobacco smoking experience.