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How Many Vape Puffs Equals One Cigarette?

Total rundown of the amount of nicotine consumed through a Vape or Cigarette

By Ryan

November 14, 2018 in Vape Blog

3 min read

The great debate between vapes and cigarettes

In the formative years of the e-cigarette market, the transition from tobacco has become a more socially acceptable solution. Whether they vape in order to gradually reduce nicotine consumption or as a long-term alternative, both raised the question: How many vape pulls compare to the individual cigarette?

There is no accurate measurement behind cigarettes and e-cigarette comparison.

Nicotine delivery and absorption by the body is different along with how it is consumed according to research. We will give you the rundown about the difference between nicotine in cigarettes versus vaping, what e-liquid nicotine levels mean, and how to find the right nicotine level for you.

If you are new to vaping or have any specific questions, feel free to contact the Vapebox customer support.

Nicotine Consumption via Vaping

The dosage of nicotine in e-liquid is almost always measured in Milligrams (MG). The current standard nicotine levels in the vaping industry are 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, and 12mg. There are also new variations of nicotine derived from salt nicotine, but we will get to that another time. These values represent the amount of nicotine in each 1mL of e-liquid, and are sometimes expressed as a percentages.

  • 0mg = no nicotine
  • 3mg = 0.3% nicotine by volume
  • 6mg = 0.6% nicotine by volume
  • 12mg = 1.2% nicotine by volume

  • Determining which nicotine level best for you is imperative. If you are unsure of which nicotine level is right for you, we highly recommend you to reach out to an experienced vaper or feel free to reach out to our customer support for assistance.

    Even though these nicotine levels are available for publicly, it is still difficult to measure the exact consumption rate. Instead, a user should be aware of their smoking habits in order to track their consumption rate.

    Everyone has different tolerance levels and too much can result in negative side effects.


    Nicotine Consumption via Smoking Cigarettes

    Tracking the nicotine consumption in traditional cigarettes is nearly impossible and can involve additional risks. On average, a cigarette contains about 1 gram of tobacco which is approximately 8mg of Nicotine. Typically the user will never absorb all of it's nicotine content because of a number of factors.

    Nicotine levels in cigarettes vary by type or by brand. When smoking a cigarette, each user can have different amounts of nicotine intake depending on how he/she smokes it, how big of a puff he/she takes, or how long the cigarette is burning in between puffs.

    Subsequently, tobacco also includes different mixtures of other chemicals. These other chemicals are a major factor in cigarettes and are blended uniquely depending on the different tobacco brands.

    Vaping vs. Traditional Cigarettes - Which is Healthier?

    Both alternatives are totally different compounds that will behave completely differently when inhaled. The molecule of smoke and the molecule of vape may have identical amounts of nicotine but the body will treat them differently. Smoke also has many other available chemical compounds that may assist the absorption process. Trying to compare the differences of nicotine intake is impractical.


    Vape until you feel the nicotine buzz and trust your body's signals. The important part here is avoiding the toxins in traditional cigarettes.

    Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 other chemicals and toxins, many of which are very harmful to our bodies including tar and carbon monoxide. As you can see, there is no accurate way to determine the nicotine consumption.

    Ultimately, Vaping is healthier alternative because of the simple components:

    1. A single level of nicotine of your choice.
    2. PG or Propylene Glycol, safe to use petroleum by product. For vaping, it is used to provide a throat hit. Vapers who prefer high PG e-juices generally feel a similar sensation of smoking tobacco.
    3. VG or Vegetable Glycerin, natural chemical derived from palm and/or vegetable oil.
    4. Other natural/artificial flavoring.

    Which nicotine level is right for me?



    Selecting the right nicotine strength varies from person to person. Below is a broad guideline of the different nicotine levels compared to smoking cigarettes so you can get an idea of where to start.

    • 0mg – good for anyone trying to cut out their nicotine dependency altogether.
    • 3mg – good for light smokers and lower nicotine dependency.
    • 6mg – good for light to moderate smokers, particularly those who used ‘light’ cigarettes.
    • 6mg+ - good for heavy cigarette smokers and smokers of unfiltered cigarettes.

    Looking for a supply of the nicotine level right for you? Vapebox provides monthly subscription plans for vapers of every experience level. Fill out a personalized palate test and Vapebox will create a custom box of vape juice.

    If you think a subscription service could benefit you, feel free to reach out to us.

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    Ryan Goo
    Ryan Goo

    Ryan is a writer for Vapebox. Ryan is a writer at Vapebox. He fully converted to vaping in 2014 and has been educating new vapers ever since.