Converting to E Cigs with regards to Nicotine content.
I thought i would post this in this section as it is more pertinant to newbies.
When we convert to ecigs, we always try to work out how many cartridges we should use, how much the equate to in normal cigs and what level of nicotine cartdriges to go for.
Let me put my reasoning after my 1st few weeks and days.
The sellers advertise that there cartridges are the equivalent to 20 cigs or a packet.
This true and untrue depending on your take on it.
Untrue if you consider the amount of puffs you would take during a packet of cigarettes. Most people would say a typical cartridge from say a 901 style ecig will last between 6 and 10 cigs depending on how you smoke.
True is the mg of nickotine a cartridge will supply compared to a packet of cigs. A typical packet of 20 will contain about 22mg of nicotine. A typical high nicotine cartridge will contain about 18mg. Almost a full packet.
How should I set my level and avoid too much nicotine
If you were like me, I smoked 20 - 30 cigs a day, equivalent to around 35mg of Nicotine per day.
However moving to ecigs, I used them as a direct replacement for the old method and found I puffed on it at least 20 - 30 times a day for 5 - 6 puffs at a time. This would get me through about 4 - 5 cartridges a day equating to about 72 - 90mg per day !!!!!
This is probably how I managed to quit immediately the old cigs and move to a much more addictive equivalent without too much stress.......
That is 72 - 90 mg of nicotine intack compared to about 35mg on normal cigarettes because I am smoking them the same.
Now I have 2 choices,
1. Do not puff so much on ecig, but this will fail as I want a direct replacement or
2. Reduce the nicotine content in my cartridges.
A quick calculation after a few days gives
I smoke about 4 carts on average and need to replace 35mg of Nicotine for the normal cigarettes.
So 35 / 4 = around 9mg per cart therefore = 9mg strength (or nearest) nico juice / cart strength.
Simple calcs like this can save you loads of money and stop you overdosing or becoming more addicted to Nicotene.
I hope this has helped.
Admins, you might want to make this sticky for new users.
Last edited by Catanonia; 04-08-2009 at 02:08 PM.
Very nice! If there's anything I don't want to do, it's increase my nicotine addiction. Don't get me wrong, I love the stuff.
Thanks to you, I won't be accidently doubling or tripling my daily nicotine dose!
This definitely deserves to be stickied, or at least in a sticky.
I've been thinking the same thing Cat. I don't think I could have done without the analogs as easily if I hadn't been taking in so much more nicotine. I used to put away 40-45 cigs in a day. I'm not sure how much juice I'm using now, but I'm sure I'm getting more nicotine then I used to.
Originally Posted by Catanonia
I'm continuing to use my 18mg juice during the day at work, when I'm puffing less and have more stress to deal with, but when I get home, I'm cutting some 18 with glycerin and flavorings, down to about half strength because I'm puffing a great deal more when I'm just sitting around on the sofa watching TV.
I need to find a way to track exactly how much juice I use during a day. Any suggestions?
Originally Posted by Skad
Best way to do it is assume a cart (if 901 style) is the mg of Nicotine.
Ie a cart of 18mg = 18mg towards your daily total.
The if you drip you need to work out your drip count and how many drips make a cart.
So assume it is 8 drips of 18mg to fill a cart.
That is 8 / 18 = 0.4mg per drip.
So add you number of carts (if smoked dry) + the number of drips you do.
Or just add the number of drips or the ml you consume a day on average. Give you a clue (not totally accurate) as to your intack per day.
I might create a spreadsheet to work it all out for people if there is interest for it.
Please bare in mind, this is NOT an EXACT science and is only a quick rule of thumb to keep you in balance.
I am sure someone will come along and pick holes in it soon.
So is the mg of nicotine in e-juice for each drip or the whole bottle or some other amount?
Last edited by Catanonia; 04-08-2009 at 03:22 PM.
It's the number of mg per ml, so for a 10ml bottle of 18mg juice, there is a total of 180mg of nicotine in it.
Originally Posted by booboo
I do only drip now! And can't figure out why I just sucked down 2 15ml bottles of JC Tennesse Cured 18mg, in 4 days.....when I thought the 24mg lasted a couple weeks? Seriously, does anyone know if it is the whole bottle for mg or per drip? I mean if you had a 30ml bottle of 18mg would you have to suck down 60ml of juice a day to get 36mg of nicotine out of it? That doesn't sound right. Somebody help me, I am chemistry-challenged! lol
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