Many people are making the switch from cigarettes to vape pens because they feel it’s a safer alternative, but is it?
People are often blinded by their bias because they want to keep acting in a certain way. Some people are convinced that vape pens have no side effects compared to cigarettes.
So, in this article, we’d take out the time to give a detailed comparison between vapes and cigarettes, and of course answer the question concerning the number of vape puffs you can find in one cigarette.
How Many Puffs of Vape Are In One Cigarette?
Hang on, because this might be a bit confusing, but we’d break it down properly.
So, for one cigarette you are getting around 10 puffs of vape. Remember that our focus is on the number of puffs and not on nicotine strength.
These results aren’t fixed, because not all e-juice have the same consistency, but it’s just to give you a rough idea of what to expect.
If you are using a vape with low or no amount of nicotine, you’ll have to vape more juice to get the same level of nicotine as you would a cigarette.
In terms of nicotine, 16 mg of nicotine in vape juice is the same as one cigarette. So, to get the same level of nicotine you’ll get from a single cigarette, you’ll have to vape the full bottle.
Most times, e-liquids come in small sizes – 3mg, and you’d need to vape about five bottles to get the equivalent nicotine strength of a cigarette. When converted to puffs, that’s about 500 puffs, just to get the same nicotine strength as one cigarette.
Difference Between Vaping and Smoking
To a non-smoker/vaper, it might mean the same thing, after all the cloud of vapour coming out of the mouth is visible to anybody. But that’s not quite true, as smoking and vaping are two different activities.
When a smoker inhales a cigarette, the smoke goes into the lungs, and the nicotine is absorbed by the lung and then into the bloodstream, that’s why the nicotine hit is almost immediate. If you notice, smokers feel the effects of nicotine within seconds, and that’s not the same as vaping.
When vapers inhale the vapor from a vape device, the absorption process is still the same, the only difference is the speed at which they feel the effects of the nicotine.
Nicotine Levels of Cigarette and Vape Pens
Many smokers have switched to vaping as a way to reduce their nicotine usage. Nicotine is quite an addictive substance, and abruptly stopping it can cause withdrawal symptoms. The best way to prevent this from happening is switching to a product that has a lesser nicotine level and that is “vapes”.
On average, a cigarette contains about 10 mg of nicotine, however, some can contain lesser. The same thing goes for vape e-liquids because every brand varies there’s no fixed level of nicotine in an e-liquid. But you’ll find out that many vape e-liquids have a nicotine content of 50 mg per ml.
Remember that the amount of nicotine strength in e-liquids varies, but it all boils down to the user, and how they want to feel.
The average nicotine content in a vape juice is 3-8 mg, but vapers who are looking for a higher nicotine content can use e-juices with nicotine content within the range of 15-20 mg.
There’s no right amount of nicotine, but it’s recommended that you start with low levels, and when your body adjusts you can move on to a higher nicotine content.
How Many Ml Of Vape Is Equivalent to One Pack of Cigarette?
If we are using 1ml of vape juice as an example, then you’d need to vape at least two bottles of vape juice to be equal to a pack of cigarettes.
1ml of e-liquid contains 100 hits which is half a pack of cigarettes, and if you are thinking about switching from smoking to vaping, that’s a good idea.
Also, 1ml of 16mg juice is equivalent to one cigarette in terms of nicotine level, and to get the same nicotine as you would from one single pack of cigarettes, you’ll need to vape 20 bottles at least.
These figures should tell you that vaping is a lot safer than smoking, although none is advisable. In terms of nicotine, even strong variations of e-juice don’t contain as much nicotine found in cigarettes. So, are you planning on reducing your nicotine dependency? Make the switch to vaping.
Can You Smoke and Vape at the Same Time?
Smoking is harmful, as it causes combustion. Also, it has more nicotine levels than vapes.
The only time you are expected to be smoking and vaping simultaneously is if you are trying to curb your smoking habit.
Normally, introducing vaping to your smoking routine will help reduce your nicotine intake and in the long run, you’ll feel no urge to smoke.
Using vaping to cut down on your smoking is a good thing, especially if you don’t want to stop smoking permanently.
The fun part is that there are different sweet flavors available in e-liquids, so your smoking experience doesn’t have to be boring. And subsequently, you can reduce the amount of nicotine in your e-liquid.
As a heavy smoker, your body will require a high nicotine strength from a vaping product, and the best option is e-liquids.
For a start, use 18mg of e-liquids, but mind you, this might be a bit harsher than you are used to. So, to combat the harsh throat hit, opt for flavors like menthol, although you might not enjoy the taste.
Which Options Give More Nicotine; Vape or Cigarette?
There isn’t a fixed answer to this because both cigarettes and vapes come in different flavors and nicotine strengths. So, the total amount of nicotine is dependent on your vaping/smoking habit and the nicotine level of whatever you are smoking.
Let’s give a quick rundown.
On average, you’ll find 6-12 milligrams of nicotine in a standard cigarette, and remember that smoking has to do with burning, so you aren’t even getting the full dosage of nicotine into your body. Give or take, if you are smoking a cigarette with 12 mg of nicotine concentration, you’ll end up salvaging only 6-8 mg of nicotine.
Vapes contain 0-36 mg of nicotine, but these values are common with 1 ml of vape liquid. This means that you won’t get so much nicotine into your lungs per hit.
For this reason, it’s difficult to calculate how much nicotine you can get from one vape hit. So, in summary, many vape options offer lesser nicotine strength.
The Right Nicotine Strength For Your Needs
It’s always a better option to get your nicotine dosage from vaping, as it’s a healthier choice.
Vape juices come in different nicotine strengths; 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, and 18mg, and you can find some brands of e-juice with 20mg nicotine content.
So, to get the right nicotine strength for your body, you need to get one that matches your former smoking habit. While this is not advisable, because you’ll end up vaping more than usual, it’s the only way to match your body’s nicotine strength.
If you were a moderate or light smoker, it’s highly unnecessary to start with 18mg liquid. Recall that the average cigarette contains 12mg of nicotine and your body doesn’t even take in all of the volumes, so why go for a vape liquid with 18mg of nicotine if you are trying to reduce your smoking habit?
So, with that in mind, it’s best to go for vape liquids with 8-12mg of nicotine content, to enjoy a smooth vaping experience.
What Is The Nicotine Content of Smoking Products?
All smoking products don’t have the same nicotine strength, and people go for nicotine products because of the dopamine feeling it gives.
Nicotine can be found in products like hookah, cigars, smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, and of course vape pens.
The nicotine level in each of these products varies; with cigars, there are about 13.3 to 15.4 mg of nicotine content. Yes, you might argue that cigars aren’t inhaled, but they still pack a lot of nicotine. Depending on the brand, a single cigar can contain 400 mg of nicotine.
In tobacco, there’s about 25 mg to 50 mg of nicotine content, and with e-cigarettes, you have 1.5 to 15.4 mg of nicotine.
Vapes and cigarettes are both different in terms of nicotine level and even safety. In terms of being harmful, cigarette takes the lead, and that’s why it’s better to vape if you always feel the need to smoke, plus it even gives a better taste.
So, if you are considering switching to vaping because you want to completely quit your nicotine addiction, you can start with vape liquids that contain only 3 mg of nicotine, and slowly reduce it to zero.