I picked up smoking in college, Freshman year, 1981 and didn't quit until 1995 when I decided I wanted to see what my body could do while it could maybe still do it. I ran for the next 8 years, backpacked, hiked upwards of 30 miles a day in the mountains. I didn't think about cigarettes, they weren't part of who I was any longer.
Then came one of those life-changing stress situations, so I was smoking again in 2003, and all that fitness and conditioning slipped away. By Spring of
Updated 09-16-2009 at 03:42 AM by DVap
(Please see comments for more recent thoughts on this topic)...
The recurring fascination that some members have with getting their hands on pure nicotine is understandable. The manufacturer who I would most trust prices 500 mL of 99+% nicotine (remainder water) at around $800. The math is pretty simple: For $800, ten liters of 50 mg/mL e-liquid mixing concentrate could be produced. This could be diluted down to 20 liters of a 25 mg/mL e-liquid. Someone vaping 2.5 mL/day of this
Updated 09-19-2009 at 05:09 AM by DVap
(Took a better look at the issues.)
My motivation for posting information about nicotine determination is twofold:
From the perspective of a chemist, it's really a very simple procedure that uses some very basic principles. Having read all over the forums, having seen that there was interest in being able to do this, and having seen the general assumption that this was something that would require a big wad of cash sent to some laboratory, I knew it wasn't that difficult.
From the perspective of a customer,
Nothing much to say starting out here since I'm pretty new to the forum, other than to say that the FDA's been behaving in a most unscientific manner.
My contribution so far has been to bring the perspective of a professional chemist to the mix.
I've mostly been messing around with showing folks how they can figure out the nicotine content of their e-liquids themselves without a lot of fancy equipment.