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Too much nicotine?

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  1. Wonka777

    Wonka777 Full Member

    May 5, 2011
    Oak Lawn, IL, USA
    So when i got my first e-cig it was a 21st century brand and one the cartomizer it said 1.6% nicotine which i assume is 16 mg, aka a regular cig from what i heard. I ordered some menthol from myfreedom smokes and got the 18mg content pg/vg mix, great taste and decent vapor but it seems to make my had feel light headed. Now that could be because i'm vaping too much or too often, i guess my question would be, What is a good nic level to erder if i used to smoke about half a pack a day before this e-cig? also i definitely enjoy puffing on my e-cig probably too often because it is fun and enjoyable, should i just down the level or is that the feeling i get from maybe the pg or vg?
  2. StormFinch

    StormFinch Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 22, 2010
    Definitely sounds like too much nic. Put it aside for those times that you really, REALLY want a cigarette and get something lower for the times you're chain vaping. Each of us is different in how we absorb nicotine, so it's hard to tell you what level you need to be at, but if 16 was fine for you before, try some 14, or even 12, for the chain vaping sessions. As a rule of thumb, we only absorb approximately 10 to 40% of the mg in the juice according to studies.
  3. dormouse

    dormouse ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Oct 31, 2010
    Yeah try 10-12mg. And you could even buy some lower to vape when you feel like vaping a lot.
  4. Wonka777

    Wonka777 Full Member

    May 5, 2011
    Oak Lawn, IL, USA
    Sorry let me correct myself, the 16 was fine at first, but the first full day i had with the e-cig i may have overdone it that day cuz i got a slight stoned/headachey feeling, but as long as its because of too much nic than thats all i need to know and i'll just step it down
  5. twgbonehead

    twgbonehead Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Apr 28, 2011
    MA, USA
    I believe that since I've started vaping, I have at times greatly increased the amount of nicotine I've absorbed. I think this is for a couple of reasons:

    1. After switching to vaping, my lungs are clearer, and I absorb nicotine more easily since it isn't being blocked by the tarry goo from cigarettes.

    2. In a cigarette, with a filter, much of the nicotine is destroyed or filtered out before it gets to your lungs. Therefore comparisons between "nicotine content in cigarettes" and "nicotine content in e-liquid" aren't really apples to apples.

    3. One of the reasons I love vaping is that I can feel the nicotine without the dragging effects of the other stuff in cigarette smoke; with cigarettes that only happens the first few times you smoke after a Long absence.

    I would guess that the feeling you're getting is from the nicotine. The healthiest choice is to cut down on the nicotine level, particularly over time. If you feel uncomfortably lightheaded, dilute what you're vaping, vape less, or buy lower-concentration fluids.
  6. RonZ

    RonZ Full Member

    May 5, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Definitely too much nicotine. Here's what happened to me, I used to smoke a pack of Marlboro Light (gold) which has 0.5mg nicotine per cigarette, 0.5 x 20 cigarettes = 10mg of nicotine a pack. I also could handle Marlboro red, 0.8mg per cig x 20 cigs =16mg. I miscalculated, I thought 18mg is good for me, boy I was wrong. I dripped 1ml of 18mg into the cartomizer, had one or two vape, I got so buzzed. So now I limited my juice to 10-16mg MAX.
  7. sam.8

    sam.8 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 28, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Same here. Was smoking a pack a day, but ultra light smokes. Ended up thinking converting would be harder to went with 18mg and 24mg. I stop before the weird buzzed feeling as I can tell it's strong. Will likely be great for morning or the super craving times. I've ordered a variety of strengths since. i think I was more concerned due to reading that the absorption is slower and less than normal cigarettes. Maybe I'm just a light weight :)
  8. pixiedust

    pixiedust Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 23, 2011
    I smoked 1/2 -3/4 of a pack of marlboro ultra lights for years, started vaping 16mg and bumped it to 24mg to kill the cravings for analogs. I've been at 24mg for 3 months now, I'm trying to cut down to 16mg but not very successfully
  9. Sugar_and_Spice

    Sugar_and_Spice Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Sep 11, 2010
    between here and there
    Nic is absorbed differently in the ecig juice than in cigarettes....with cigarettes you get a direct hit in the lungs....with ejuices you absorb more of the nic in the mouth,nose and throat areas, and the rate of absorbtion is slower....that is why overdoing it is easy....and because the nic is in the juice, we only absorb around 10-40 pct of it anyway....
  10. StormFinch

    StormFinch Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 22, 2010
    Take it slower pixiedust. Find someone who carries, or can custom mix, 22 mg and start with that, then down to 20, etc. You might also give it a little more time. 3 months is a little soon for most ex-smokers IMHO. Get completely used to not having the analogs around before you try to change things up.
  11. DC2

    DC2 Tootie Puffer Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 21, 2009
    San Diego
    Some studies have shown we may be absorbing as little as 10% of the nicotine from vaping.
    And some here find flaws in those studies and think they may be getting as much as 40% of the nicotine from vaping.

    So, for example...

    Let's say you're using 18mg strength liquid, which is 18mg of nicotine per milliliter.
    If using 3ml per day of 18mg strength liquid, you would theoretically be getting 54mg per day assuming 100% absorption.

    But taking absorption rates into account you will only be getting anywhere from 5.4mg to 21.6mg of nicotine per day.

    And that would equal anywhere from about 5 to 43 cigarettes.
    Because the amount of nicotine absorbed from real cigarettes is anywhere from 0.5mg to 1.1mg, and some are even more.

    So really it all depends on which cigarettes we are talking about, and how much we really absorb from vaping.
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