Understanding Nicotine Strengths

Nicotine Strengths Explained

eLiquid can be found with and without nicotine. The nicotine in eLiquid is almost always measured and displayed as mg or mg/mL (milligram per milliliter). eLiquid, or eJuice, comes in many strengths depending on the manufacturer, typically between 1mg - 12mg but sometimes as high as 24mg or 36mg. Liquid Barn's premixed eLiquid with nicotine is available in 3mg, 6mg, and 12mg. You can also get eLiquid without nicotine, which is typically displayed as 0mg eLiquid. How do you choose what strength is right for you? Understanding eLiquid strengths is important when dealing with nicotine. First time vapers are advised to read all safety warnings.

If you are experienced with nicotine products, it helps to understand how that product currently works on your body and what dosage you are getting from it before trying vaping. Nicotine can be absorbed through the skin (like a transdermal nicotine patch), in the mouth (such as with chewing tobacco or nicotine gum), or through the lungs by inhalation. Inhalation, as with vaping or smoking, provides the fastest effect on your body. 

Traditional Cigarettes

There is no standard amount of nicotine in traditional cigarettes. Not only do cigarettes come in various sizes, and are made with various tobacco, but many cigarette companies add nicotine and other chemicals to cigarettes. On average the nicotine content of cigarettes can range up to 14mg.

eCigarettes / Vaping

With vaping, the amount of nicotine in your product is more clear. The strength of eLiquid should be displayed on the bottle in mg or percentage. Theoretically it is possible to determine how much eLiquid you are vaping. However, differences in devices and in the rate at which you vape lead to big differences in how the nicotine is transferred to your body. If you are a dripper using an advanced atomizer, 3mg may give you the same effect you’d get from 6mg or 12mg eLiquid vaped from a cartomizer.

Different nicotine strength displays 

You may see eLiquid strengths written as mg, mg/mL, or in percentage form. Here is how they are displayed in each
0mg = 0mg/mL = 0%
3mg = 3mg/mL = 0.3%
6mg = 6mg/mL = 0.6%
12mg = 12mg/mL = 1.2%

Nicotine Level Chart
If you don’t use tobacco products, it is important to understand that nicotine is an addictive substance, with chemical effects on your body. Vaping can be enjoyed and used for reasons other than consuming nicotine, like trying different flavors, or satisfying an oral fixation. Maybe you just enjoy the vaping community and don’t want any additional chemicals in your eLiquid.

If you don’t currently use nicotine, you should not vape eLiquid that contains nicotine. If you are quitting nicotine products, or have never used them, 0mg strength is probably for you. More often than not, those trying to quit their nicotine habit by vaping will decrease the nicotine level over time, eventually getting down to 0mg. eLiquid at 0mg truly contains no nicotine. Unlike tobacco, eLiquid does not come with nicotine in its default form. In eLiquid, nicotine is an added ingredient. If you currently use nicotine in some other form, you may find a lower strength eLiquid insufficient to stem cravings for your habit.

Active ingredients in vaping vs cigarettes

The vapor from Liquid Barn's premixed eLiquid contains only Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, and optional Nicotine

Cigarette smoke on the other hand contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. This list includes nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. Here is a more exhaustive yet incomplete list. Keep in mind the list goes even further. Source

  • Ammonia: Household cleaner
  • Angelica root extract: Known to cause cancer in animals
  • Arsenic: Used in rat poisons
  • Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber
  • Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid
  • Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas
  • Cadmium: Used in batteries
  • Cyanide: Deadly poison
  • DDT: A banned insecticide
  • Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals
  • Lead: Poisonous in high doses
  • Formaldehyde: Used to preserve dead specimens
  • Methoprene: Insecticide
  • Megastigmatrienone: Chemical naturally found in grapefruit juice
  • Maltitol: Sweetener for diabetics
  • Naphthalene: Ingredient in mothballs
  • Fungicides and pesticides: Cause many types of cancers and birth defects.
  • Cadmium: Linked to lung and prostate cancer.
  • Benzene: Linked to leukemia.
  • Formaldehyde: Linked to lung cancer.
  • Nickel: Causes increased susceptibility to lung infections.
  • Methyl Isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2,000 people in Bhopal, India
  • Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element also used in the “Fat Man” implosion type nuclear warhead used on Nagasaki.

Click here for full list of additives in cigarettes.