How to Pick the Perfect Nicotine Level for Vaping Guide

When getting into vaping, there are many considerations and choices to make, such as which device you want, what flavor e-liquid to purchase, whether you want to trick out your device with custom accessories, etc. One of the most important and potentially confusing considerations is what nicotine level to choose. But don’t worry, the South Beach Smoke experts are here to explain it all…

What is Nicotine? 

So let’s start with the basics, what exactly is nicotine? Well, nicotine is an alkaloid found in plants from the nightshade family. It is present in plants such as tobacco, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes. However, only in the tobacco plant is it abundant enough to be extracted.  Alternatively, Nicotine can be synthesized in a laboratory by scientists. This is commonly referred to as synthetic nicotine or non-tobacco nicotine.

As far as its effects, nicotine is considered a mild stimulant drug. The effects of nicotine include increased energy, alertness, elevated mood and concentration. In some circumstances, nicotine can have calming, relaxing effects.  

What are the Nicotine Levels in Vape Juice? 

Nicotine is a crucial ingredient in vape juice alongside water, vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, and flavorings. Vape juice is sold with varying levels of nicotine (from zero up to over 50 mg per bottle). Picking the right level of nicotine can be tricky since too high a level can be too harsh but low a level can be unsatisfying. 

Considerations when Choosing Nicotine Levels in Vape Juice

Finding the right level of nicotine is a highly personal process and often requires some trial and error to find the best amount for you. However, the following considerations can help you hone in an ideal nicotine level:

  1. Taste and Throat Hit: 

Higher nicotine levels in vape juice can result in harsher tastes and more aggressive throat hits. Depending on your preference, you could prefer a lower nicotine level that provides a more refined hit and smoother flavorful experience. However, if the level is too low, your experience might not be satisfying. 

  1. Vape Schedule and Routine: 

If you vape only occasionally throughout the day, it is likely that you will prefer a higher, more substantial nicotine level. However, if you enjoy longer, more regular, continuous sessions, a lower nicotine level might be preferable and aid in avoiding side-effects such as nausea. 

  1. Smoking Equivalency:

If you’re transitioning from traditional cigarettes to vaping, it is common to want to experience a similar level of nicotine satisfaction. Here are some general guidelines for vape nicotine levels for ex-smokers: 

Smokers wanting to quit nicotine cold turkey: 0 mg

Light smoker (less than half a pack daily): 3 mg

Moderate Smoker (half a pack daily): 6 mg

Heavy Smoker (pack a day smoker): 12 mg

  1. Nicotine Levels for Sub-ohm Vaping

If you’re into sub-ohm vaping, different guidelines and recommendations apply. Cloud chasers usually go for vape juice with a lower nicotine content. This is because when producing larger clouds of vapor, more nicotine is consumed. Therefore it’s easier for sub-ohm vapers to reach their ideal nicotine level with lower content e-juice.

  1. Nicotine Salts 

Nic Salts are another option for the modern vaper. These e-liquids are an alternative to traditional freebase nicotine in that they are less acidic. This allows for a higher nicotine content to be enjoyed without the typical harshness. You can explore nic salt options to find the perfect nicotine level and experience for you. There are many brands and flavors on the market today. 


We hope this guide has helped you understand the different factors that go into choosing a nicotine strength. South Beach Smoke has a variety of incredible e-juice cartridges in a variety of nicotine levels, explore them here. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the customer support team. We look forward to hearing from you!