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How Does Nicotine Content Compare in E Cig vs Real Cig?

Metro electronic cigarette cartridges are available with varying levels of nicotine. When people first make the switch to ecigs as a substitute for tobacco smokes, many wonder which nicotine level they should opt for when they buy ecigs. That answer really depends on how much you currently smoke tobacco cigs and how much you anticipate smoking your new e-cigs. If you know this, you can buy cartridges in bulk of your preferred strength.  So, how does the nicotine content compare in an e cig vs real cig?

Its worth mentioning that ecig cartridges are intended to last much longer that your old smokes. One ecig cartridge is the equivalent of multiple traditional cigs. So, they’re not really intended to be enjoyed completely in one sitting. E cig suppliers will generally carry several options for nicotine levels. You can even get them without the nicotine!?

With all of that in mind, consider the varying levels of nicotine strength in your old cigs. Tobacco products have had a downward trend in nicotine contents over the years. Its gone down from an average nicotine strength of 1.35 mg per cig in 1968 to 0.90 mg per cig in 1994. That’s a drop of about 30% in 30 years. Now consider what your current brand has in nicotine.

These breakdowns per brand are based on a study by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission with domestic cigarettes. All of the following are nicotine per cig volume:

Camel Regular 1.4 mg
Camel Light 0.9 mg
Camel Wide 1.2 mg
Lucky Strike Regular 1.6 mg
Marlboro Red 1.2 mg
Marlboro Light 0.8 mg
Newport Regular 1.2 mg
Newport Light 0.7 mg
Salem Light 0.9 mg
Basic Regular 1.0 mg
Basic Light 0.7 mg
Kool Regular 1.1 mg
Paul Maul Regular 1.7 mg
Capri Super Slim 0.8 mg
Chesterfield Full Flavor 1.5 mg
Parliament Light 0.7 mg
Salem Regular 1.2 mg
Virginia Slims 1.1 mg
Winston Regular 1.2 mg

Really, it depends on your smoking habits. How much you vape does have a lot to do with how much you currently smoke. So, I feel that the more important question isn’t how much nicotine each cartridge has in it. But instead, how much do you plan on vaping? For example, a friend of mine smoke Parliament Light cigs for years. When they switched to ecigs they settled in on a medium strength cartridge because when they vaped for the same amount of time they used to smoke, it gave them a similar feeling of nicotine satisfaction. And, It is pretty standard to consider the full strength tobacco cigs like Marlboro Reds to be closer to the full strength cartridges for ecigs.

Another thought to consider: If you want to spend less time smoking but still get your maximum nicotine fix, you might consider grabbing the full strength cartridges and just take a couple hits when you break for a smoke. Electronic cigarettes are designed to last a long time, often as much as a pack of tobacco cigs or more. Due to this fact its not an easy comparison by nicotine volume. But you can make an educated guess to get started and find the perfect match in nicotine strength for you.

So, if you’re wondering how the nicotine content compares in an e cig vs real cig, just keep in mind how much you currently smoke and how often you plan to vape. Once you find the perfect fit for you, its easy to buy refill cartridges in larger numbers to save money.