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The tobacco plant is native to the Americas. The effects of nicotine have been recognized by humanity for well over 2,000 years. In the 1600’s cigarettes were invented. Prior to then, nicotine delivery systems were limited to chewing and smoking pipes. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s when rolling machines were invented. That’s more or less when cigarettes became cheaply and widely available to the masses.

Our love affair with tobacco and nicotine is well documented throughout recorded and indeed unrecorded history. One might think that after all these years we might have perfected synthetic nicotine production. Synthetic nicotine has been explored and successfully produced. But it still remains economically unfeasible compared to agricultural or botanical extraction. Its use has been reserved for industrial production, mainly as a pesticide.

Nicotine found in e-liquid or e-juice is extracted from tobacco leaves. There is wide variety of methods used for the extraction process. I can’t detail precisely which method each e-liquid manufacturer uses. Some producers extract and add their own nicotine in house from organic tobacco leaves, while others outsource their nicotine from other producers. Personally speaking I like to know where each and every ingredient is coming from, and who manufactured it. I would rather use e-liquids that extract nicotine from organically grown tobacco in house.

Combustion (smoking) is still the most effective nicotine delivery method. So when you’re adjusting to an electronic cigarette you tend to use your device more frequently than you would smoke a cigarette. This feeling does go away, usually at the point when you’re not even thinking about smoking anymore.

Just like you can buy tobacco with varying degrees of nicotine content, it’s the same case for e-liquid. Levels range from 0mg e-liquid all the way up to 36mg. Remember nicotine is classed as a poison and it’s highly toxic. More information is available in our health and safety guide. It’s important that beginners familiarize themselves with the signs or symptoms of nicotine overdose. It’s a real potential danger and it’s not something to be ignored.

Nicotine is simply added or cut in varying levels to PG/VG bases along with artificial or natural flavorings, resulting in e-liquid or e-juice. All the key ingredients of e-liquid are freely available to buy individually and you can you can create your own base mixes, nicotine levels and flavor combos.

Finding the perfect level of nicotine strength is going to take some experimentation. As a general guide 18mg-36mg should be reserved for seasoned smokers who smoke 20+ a day. Liquids with a higher concentration of nicotine will produce a much stronger throat hit on the inhale. For light or casual smokers I recommend levels from 6-12mg.

Aim to reduce your nicotine intake and dependence gradually, I’ve found that vaping has diminished my overall reliance of nicotine. There was a time where I would panic if I forgot my box of cigarettes, it’s a completely different feeling when I forget my e-cig, I just do without it and smoking is something I no longer consider as an option.

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