How bad is nicotine really for you?

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  1. WayneH86

    WayneH86 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 30, 2012
    I heard that nicotine alone is much like caffeine...pretty addictive but not that harmful. Is this true??
  2. Optimo

    Optimo Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 16, 2011
    In small amounts it's actually good for you. Like the one glass of wine method.
  3. Kay1959

    Kay1959 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    There is actually some foods that have nicotine in them, like tomatoes....maybe that's why I love tomatoes! lol!
    But in large quantities, anything is bad for you.
  4. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    It's said that nicotine is about as bad for you as caffeine. Both have positive and negative attributes, but none are serious health risks. Nicotine patches are prescribed to help memory and other ailments such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

    Researchers Light Up for Nicotine, the Wonder Drug

    Tobacco has other addictive chemicals than nicotine. One is MAOI's (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors) that make you feel satisfied.

    This is your brain on nicotine

    OTOH, ecigs don't have any of these chemicals that ARE found in cigarettes.
  5. hebrewbrain

    hebrewbrain Full Member Verified Member

    Apr 5, 2012
    Carrboro, NC
    Nicotine is relatively harmless in small quantities, and actually has some mental health benefits for people with psychosis, but in large quantities it's fatal :(
  6. milly

    milly Full Member Verified Member

    May 5, 2012
    I never knew abt this...very good info
  7. Reidus

    Reidus Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 10, 2012
    New Orleans, LA
    I didn't know about the alzheimers and psychosis parts either. Good to know!
  8. yzer

    yzer Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Nov 23, 2011
    Northern California
    The MAOIs found in tobacco tar are absent from nicotine e-liquid. Some of the substances can have a profound effect on the mood of some individuals, much more so then nicotine.

    Nicotine is not that bad in moderation. Like they say, all things in moderation. However, nicotine will slow the body's ability to repair tissues because it constricts blood vessels: limiting full blood flow. Surgeons will often strongly suggest patients quit smoking prior to surgery if the operation can be scheduled some weeks in advance. I know this for a fact. Like most boaters I'm at risk for skin cancer. Just can't avoid sunlight all of the time. I had a spot of skin cancer removed a couple of years ago. If I had quit smoking like the surgeon asked I would have healed faster and with less scarring.

    I plan on going zero nic in due time.
  9. bodrell

    bodrell Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2010
    Take it FWIW - the wiki article on nicotine is a good starting point:

    Nicotine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Very toxic in larger doses - not altogether a benign plant but has both positive and negative effects psychologically and physically. In small, controlled doises - like vaping - probably not that harmful at all....but long-term effects are still being debated.

    The many additives in cigarette tobacco, filters and paper are definitely scary! Since most good juice vendors use food-grade flavoring, and both PG and VG are GRAS (generally regarded as safe) I'm guessing vaping instead of smoking is not entirely risk-free (since it would obviously be better to inhale nothing but clean air into our lungs) but it's a huge improvement over smoking.
  10. Reidus

    Reidus Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 10, 2012
    New Orleans, LA
    That's the point the FDA and the others are missing: regardless of whether not nicotine is bad for you, e-cigarettes are definitely less harmful that regular cigarettes.
  11. DC2

    DC2 Tootie Puffer Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jun 21, 2009
    San Diego
  12. WayneH86

    WayneH86 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 30, 2012
    At what point in lowering the nicotine level using e cigarettes do you think it is completely not harmful? I really like to vape. My plan originally was to quit smoking and vaping all together. Now I'm thinking of getting my nicotine level down to 6-12 nicotine strength. Is there really any harm in vaping at that level?
  13. RicZilla

    RicZilla Full Member

    May 9, 2012
    Ottawa, Canada
    How much would a large quantity be is 5 mls a day of 28-36 mg e-liquid considered a large dose ?

  14. Sev00

    Sev00 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 4, 2012

    There is allot of great information on this topic at To much for me to re-type. But check it out, good written documentation and also videos.

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