How Much Nicotine is in a Vape

By  //  November 11, 2023

Vaping has quickly become a popular way to get nicotine intake and satisfy cravings without the health risks of smoking. 

But if you’re new to vaping, it can be confusing trying to figure out how much nicotine is actually in each vape. 

After all, different devices come with different concentrations and liquid levels that change the intensity of your experience – but it doesn’t have to be complicated! 

Here, we unpack the science behind vape juice concentrations so you can find your perfect match. 

Let’s get to it!

Types of Vape Devices 

Luckily, there are numerous easy-to-use and advantageous vape types out there to enjoy!

Disposable Vapes, for example, are pre-filled, single-use devices that are discarded after the e-liquid is depleted. 

Because of this, they are convenient and do not require any maintenance.

Vape pens, on the other hand, are compact, cylindrical devices with a rechargeable battery. These devices also offer easy usage and often come with refillable tanks or cartridges.

In our experience, disposable vapes and vape pens are the most suitable choice for both beginners and experts.

What about box mods? Well, these devices are larger, more powerful devices with adjustable settings for wattage and temperature.

Here’s how they work:

Box mod vapes often have removable batteries and can be used with various tanks and atomizers.

Pod systems use pre-filled or refillable pods. Standing out with a simple and portable design, these compact devices are also perfect for new vapers.

THC Vapes are designed for use with dried herbs, such as cannabis or tobacco. The best part is they heat the material to release vapor without combustion.

Simple, yet effective.

Needless to say, each type of vape has its own advantages and drawbacks, and choosing the right one depends on your taste and needs.

What Does the Nicotine Strength of Vape Juice Mean? 

The nicotine strength of vape juice is the concentration of nicotine present in the e-liquid. It is usually measured in milligrams per milliliter (mg/ml) or as a percentage. 

Clearly, it is crucial for vapers because it determines how much nicotine they will inhale.

Common nicotine strengths for vape juice typically range from 0mg/ml (nicotine-free) to 3mg/ml, 6mg/ml, 12mg/ml, 18mg/ml, and occasionally higher.

Let’s break it down.

  • 0mg/ml: Nicotine-free e-liquid is great for those who no longer want to consume nicotine but still enjoy vapes or for those who are gradually reducing their nicotine intake.
  • 3mg/ml: Low nicotine strength is appropriate for light or social smokers, and those who wish to minimize nicotine consumption while still experiencing a mild throat hit.
  • 6mg/ml: Low to moderate nicotine strength is suitable for moderate smokers and people who want a balanced nicotine experience with a moderate throat hit.
  • 12mg/ml: Moderate nicotine strength is appropriate for former pack-a-day smokers or those who crave a noticeable nicotine hit.
  • 18mg/ml: High nicotine strength is suitable for heavy smokers or those transitioning from smoking to vaping who need a strong nicotine hit.

It’s vital for you to select a nicotine strength that matches your vaping style.

Think about it this way:

Selecting the right strength ensures a satisfying vaping experience and avoids over-consuming or under-consuming nicotine.

But, of course, nicotine strength is just one aspect of the e-liquid, and other factors like flavor, VG/PG ratio, and device used can also influence the vaping experience. 

Bottom line?

If you’re new to vaping or unsure about which nicotine strength is right for you, it’s a good idea to start with a lower strength and gradually adjust as needed based on your taste.

How Many Cigarettes Are in a Vape? Calculating by Total Nicotine Content

You just learned about nicotine strength and its meaning on which level is suitable for which vapes.

Now it’s time to focus on how many cigarettes are equal to different nicotine vapes. 

Well, first, you need to know your vape device’s total e-liquid and nicotine content to answer this question.   

A disposable vape with 50 mg/ml strength and 3.5 ml of e-liquid contains 175 mg of nicotine, roughly equivalent to 120 cigarettes or six packs.

A disposable vape with 25 mg/ml strength and 3.5 ml of e-liquid has 87.5 mg of nicotine, approximately 60 cigarettes or three packs.

On average, a disposable vape that provides up to 800 puffs is similar to about 80 cigarettes or four packs since you usually take about 10 puffs on a tobacco cigarette before extinguishing it.

What gives?

Simply put, considering all these numbers, the lifespan of a disposable vape primarily relies on your vaping habits. 

If you smoke a pack a day, a Flum vape, for example, with 3.5ml of salt nicotine e-liquid and 800 puffs, it will likely last you around three to six days of continuous use.