Congratulations, you’ve made it through the first full week of 2016! Have you been keeping up on your New Year’s Vaping Resolution? We’ve heard a lot of people talk about cutting back on nicotine in 2016. If you’re looking to step down your nicotine level this year here are some helpful tips on lowering nicotine in e liquid.
With all the wonderful things the world of vaping has to offer it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of why we started vaping in the first place. For me that reason has always been to cut down on my nicotine consumption, and eventually get off of nicotine all together. That is why I would like to offer up some advice on lowering nicotine in e liquid.
Compared to others my experience with vaping has been a short one. Less than a year ago I started with a Kanger Evod Starter Kit and some Hawk Sauce (18mg 50/50). Needless to say I was hooked. Not only was I getting my nicotine fix, I was doing it without any sort of tobacco product. I was absolutely stunned. Prior to this moment I had come to accept that fact I would probably never quit smoking. A couple days turned into a couple weeks and before long I had upgraded to my first mech mod: the SMK Flagship paired with my first sub-ohm tank: the Atlantis.
Things were looking good, except no one told me about lowering my nicotine level! That first hit of 18mg Hawk Sauce out of the Atlantis nearly made me give up vaping for good. I had no idea that sub-ohm tanks delivered so much more than what I was getting out of my Kanger Evod. It didn’t take long to learn from this mistake and I quickly jumped down to 6mg nicotine in my e-juice.
So, my first tip for you would be try upgrading your electronic cigarette hardware. Stepping up from that first starter kit can make a huge difference. At least it did for me! However, I know a lot of people are fans of older vape gear, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! Once you’ve found a setup that works for you the best piece of advice I can offer is to stick with it. But don’t be afraid to try new things.
Sub-ohm vaping isn’t for everyone. You don’t have to upgrade your hardware just to lower your nicotine. I hear from people every day who are loyal fans of products such as the Nautilus, or they prefer chasing flavor with the Kabuki as opposed to chasing clouds. No matter what kind of setup you’re using there are still ways to lower your nicotine.
First of all it’s good to set a goal for yourself. Write it down, put it in the calendar on your phone, post a reminder on your refrigerator. However you do it, make some clear reminders for yourself about cutting down on nicotine. For me it was not so simple. I knew I wanted to get to vaping 0mg but didn’t know how long it would take. So I pushed the thought to the back of my mind and continued happily vaping on 6mg.
Several months later…
I started noticing I was getting regular headaches at work (where I vape the most) and was going home feeling nauseated a couple times of week. It didn’t take long to realize my body was experiencing a little of that dreaded nicotine sickness. So I jumped down to 3mg, the problems went away, and I kept on vaping.
I had surprised even myself. In less than a year I had transitioned from 18mg to 3mg. My goal of one day getting to 0mg nicotine seemed more attainable than ever and so I set my sights on 2016. I thought it would be a great goal for the New Year to finally kick the nicotine habit I had started so many years ago with that first cigarette.
This is when things got tricky
Being that by this point my all day vape had become German Chocolate Beefcake from our line of GWAR Fluids the only place to go from 3mg was 0mg. One day I woke up and decided I would just start filling my tank with 0mg. But I wasn’t ready! I only lasted a few days before I became increasingly irritable (more so than usual) and found myself chain vaping at 3mg again. My body still craved that sweet sweet nicotine.
So I found a vape shop in my area that offered e-juice at 1.5mg and they also had a pretty delicious desert flavor, but it just didn’t hold up to Beefcake so I was quickly back at 3mg again. That’s when a coworker suggested I just dilute my juice. Problem solved! I started buying 0mg unflavored base liquid and adding it to my all day vape. Thankfully Mt Baker Vapor offers a wide variety of options when it comes to unflavored e juice. Alternatively you can buy any of our flavors in 0mg and add it to your favorite juice. By adding 0mg to 3mg I essentially cut down the nicotine level to about 1mg. I’m by no means a scientist so this is purely my best guess. If you’re going to be diluting your juice or mixing your own e liquids be sure to take extra sanitary and safety precautions.
Mt Baker Vapor recognizes the appeal in mixing your own juice and we want you to be in full control of your nicotine level and your flavor. That’s why we offer up a great selection of DIY supplies.
If you’re still reading this, thanks for sticking with me! Set a goal for yourself. Put it on your personal calendar. Write it down and make sure there is plenty of evidence to remind yourself that you WILL get off of nicotine. Having a schedule is good, but keep it loose. Your body may need extra time to adjust to lower nicotine levels, especially if you’re starting at a higher point like 18 or 24mg. Spend a week or two vaping at a lower nicotine level than normal and see how you feel.
Try DIY mixing or diluting your juice. Not every vape company offers every level of nicotine you may want. By diluting your e-juice, or mixing your own you can be in complete control of your level of nicotine.
Having an extra e-cig device can also come in handy. You can keep one filled with 0mg and one filled with a higher level of nicotine. Try switching back and forth and eventually you should find yourself gravitating to the one with 0mg more often.
Really it’s all about setting a goal for yourself and sticking to it. The next time you order your e-juice try buying a lower level of nicotine. If you keep lowering the nicotine in your e liquid at a regular rate you’ll eventually find yourself vaping comfortably at 0mg.
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Have you successfully lowered your nicotine consumption? Please share with us your own tips and advice.