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When starting out on your vaping journey, you’ll want to use a vape juice with a nicotine strength that is replicant of the amount of nicotine you’d previously been getting from smoking cigarettes, so if you were a heavy smoker, you’ll want to be using a high nicotine strength vape juice. But the ultimate end goal would be to gradually reduce your nicotine strength down so that you’ll eventually become nicotine free and overcome your dependency on Nicotine.
In this article, I’m going to discuss some things that you can do and the steps you can take to help gradually reduce your nicotine strength in your vape juice over time and beat your nicotine addiction as easy and quickly as possible!
Key Takeaways From This Article;
- Take your time and don’t rush it
- Gradually drop your nicotine strength over time
- Use your E-Cigarette less often
- Trust the process
Let’s Talk About Nicotine
Starting off this article with the subject in topic here, and I’m going to discuss some key facts and points about Nicotine in case you did not know them already.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance, and once the addiction/dependency has really settled in on someone, it’s something that is hard to overcome, but trust me it is not impossible. Unfortunately, Nicotine does get a lot of bad press with many sceptics wrongly believing that Nicotine is one of the harmful and cancer causing chemicals that is found in cigarette smoke.
Nicotine is not one of the offending chemicals though, in fact, it’s not actually been proven to be harmful to a person, nor has it ever been recorded as the cause of somebodies death either. When a cigarette is lit, it produces over 6000 different chemicals, with at least 80 of these chemicals proven to be toxic and cancer causing but Nicotine has never and will never be included in these lists.
So if you’ve decided to quit smoking due to the fact you’re worried about all of these toxic chemicals being ingested in your body, you don’t have to worry further about the fact that you’re still ingesting Nicotine as it’s not one of the offending chemicals that can cause you problems, thus meaning you don’t have to immediately start tapering down your Nicotine levels, as this could end up causing more trouble than good, which I’ll explain below.
Nicotine Withdrawals Explained
Due to Nicotine being such a highly addictive chemical, an addiction to it is something that is easily formed, and with any addiction, it is hard to overcome and beat but it’s not impossible! And when you decide to quit smoking, you’ll still want to use some form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy to help make the process easier, as your body will still be craving and wanting Nicotine and it’s best to use NRT rather than going the cold turkey method as this could lead to numerous problems, most notably withdrawal symptoms.
If you suddenly stop taking in Nicotine, something which you’re addicted to and may not realise your body being actually dependant on, then there’s a strong possibility that withdrawal symptoms will begin to set in and they’re not the most pleasant thing to experience. These can range from;
- Anxiety/Increase Stress Levels
- Loss of appetite/increased appetite
Whilst these do not sound a lot, they can be quite prominent and not a pleasurable experience to have to endure, but these can be easily avoided if a form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy is used to keep those cravings at bay and in turn, you won’t start becoming withdrawn from nicotine either.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy options include the traditional things like Nicotine Patches, Nicotine Gum, Lozenges and Sprays which release small quantities of Nicotine over time and curbs the cravings, but some people find that these aren’t enough, and also doesn’t come in varying strengths either which can be used to start tapering your nicotine levels down, but there is actually something that can tick all of these boxes and that’s proving to be the most effective way to help you quit smoking and overcome Nicotine dependency/addiction and that is an E-Cigarette. Let me explain how…
How To Reduce Your Nicotine Strength Using An E-Cigarette
When you start out using an E-Cigarette and E-Liquid, you’ll want to be using a nicotine strength in your E-Liquid that is as close to the amount of Nicotine you’ve previously been getting from your cigarettes as possible. So for example, if you were a heavy smoker of 20 cigarettes a day, you’ll want to be using something like an 18mg freebase or 20mg Nicotine salt E-Liquid. This will be the right amount of Nicotine for you based on how much you smoked, and will not be too harsh on your throat or too overpowering.
But the main advantage of using an E-Cigarette and E-Liquid to help you quit smoking is that E-Liquid comes in varying different nicotine strengths giving you full flexibility to pick and choose your nicotine strength and eventually starting lowering it down over time as your dependency will begin to become less and less once you give up the cigarettes.
You can do it gradually by dropping down a strength one at a time, so if you started out at 18mg, you can then move to a 12mg, then a 6mg, then a 3mg etc. But the key to this is to take your time and do it gradually, and when you feel you’re ready, not just make a massive jump near immediate as this may cause you a hinderance rather than helping you as it’ll be a shock to your body to suddenly be taking on less nicotine than what you previously had.
And the ultimate end goal here would be to keep lowering down your nicotine strength step by step and eventually you’ll find that you’ll be on a low strength before you even realise and just like that, you’ve overcome your nicotine addiction thanks to using E-Cigarettes and E-Liquid! I’m going to go over some quick fire pointers on how to make your transition to becoming nicotine free as successful as possible.
Tips on Lowering Your Nicotine Strength
Take Your Time – I can’t stress this enough, but take your time with it! There is no dedicated or recommended time frame for you to start lowering your nicotine strength down. Do it when you feel ready to, it might be two weeks, it might be two months, there is no right or wrong time for it! Just remember that any gradual decrease in strength is one step forward in the right direction!
Listen To Your Body – This is really important, that you should definitely be paying attention to your own body and realising the signs it’s giving when it might be time to start lowering your nicotine strength. You might start feeling a bit nauseous or getting a headache when you’re having a puff on your vape, this is a tell tale sign that it might be time to start lowering down the nicotine strength within your vape juice. Take this sign and make the move to a lower strength vape juice!
Only Use Your Vape When You Need It – This sort of ties in well with the above point I made, and that’s to only use your vape when you feel you need it. Having an E-Cigarette at hand and using it “on demand” is much more convenient than smoking a cigarette, because it’s just there ready to go and you can use it straight away rather than having to hand roll your cigarette, or scrambling around to find a lighter to light your cigarette. But don’t let this become a habit, and only use your vape when you really need it. You’ll eventually notice you’re going a longer period of time not using it without really trying.
Set Yourself A Goal – This is one that I recommend doing, but also not at the same time as it can be a bit of a double edged sword and I’ll explain why. You can give yourself a “target date” to start reducing your nicotine strength but be sure to make it a realistic one. I know I said it doesn’t have to be a specific time frame to do it, and this is where the double edged sword comes in to play, as it may dishearten some if the target isn’t reached, but some people thrive off having a goal to hit so if this applies to you.
I hope this article has helped answer any questions you may have had on this subject. If this is something you’re wanting to do, be sure to check out all of the amazing vape juice that we have on offer here at Vape69, with a variety of nicotine strengths available to cater to everyone’s needs!