What Are Nicotine Salts?
Nic salt e-liquid has seen a massive rise in sales and popularity over the last few years, fast becoming the choice of vape juice amongst the vaping community. In this article, we will explain all you need to know about Nicotine salt by answering the most common questions surrounding them.
Explanation of Nic Salts
Nicotine salts are an e-liquid created with the same type of nicotine found in the tobacco plant. A natural form of nicotine that is then blended with the core ingredients to make e-liquid.
The most common types of Nicotine salt are a standard nicotine base liquid, which is then mixed with a weak acid, such as Benzoic Acid which is the most commonly used one.
Add in the flavouring and Nic Salt e-liquid is produced. A small number of ingredients with nothing hidden that’s been added in. Compare this to the 100+ ingredients that have been reported go into a single cigarette, it is quite an eye opener to the unknowing consumer.
In comparison to Freebase vape juice, Nic Salts are better absorbed into the bloodstream due to it not being a distilled form of nicotine that is found in standard Freebase vape juice.
Why choose Nic Salts as your vape juice of choice?
The table below breaks down the benefits of using Nic Salt e-liquids as well as the benefits of using Freebase Nicotine e-liquids.
Longer lasting hit
Faster absorption rate
More variation in MG strength
More suitable for light use
Varying VG/PG ratios
Freebase e-liquid also has many benefits including being a key tool in helping people out of nicotine addiction. Nicotine levels start as low as 3mg, all the way up to 18mg, so if you were a light smoker, smoking around 10 cigarettes a day, 6mg would be the best suited strength for you. With Nic Salts only being available in 10/20mg, these could be too strong if you are only a light smoker. The more varied nicotine content levels and options will aid the transition from smoking to vaping. this greatly.
Are Nic Salts healthier than smoking?
Negative press and media reporting has had a massive impact on the vaping industry. Due to this, the public misconception is 66% of the UK believed that Vaping is just as dangerous as smoking!
Taking on our own relative safety study, where we compared 10ml bottles of our own vape liquid to cigarettes, and the results showed that vaping e-liquid over smoking a cigarette is in fact 99.73% safer than smoking.
Vaping in general is healthier for you than smoking, but opting for Nic Salts as your vape juice of choice can also save you money compared to the cost of smoking.
The average cost of 20 cigarettes within the UK is around £11 per packet. Where as a 10ml bottle of vape liquid from ourselves is 69p. In comparison, a 10ml bottle of Vape liquid is equivalent to approximately 100 cigarettes, which works out to approximately £55!
As reported on the NHS UK Website (www.nhs.uk) a major clinical trial took place in 2019, and studies showed that people who quit smoking using an e-cigarette were twice as likely to succeed quitting compared to people using other methods such as Nicotine patches, sticks or gum. With Nicotine Salts being faster absorbing and higher in strength, they are the ideal tool to aid someone even further to succeed in quitting smoking.
What device is best suited for vaping Nicotine Salts?
The most commonly used device for vaping Nic Salts are refillable Pod vaping devices.
Pod systems are normally a small and discreet sized device, used at a low wattage (7-15 watts) with a Mouth to Lung (MTL) coil 1.0ohms or higher to replicate the sensation of smoking, by giving a nice sharp throat hit and minimal cloud production. Most pod devices come with a built in battery ranging from 600mah to 1200mah which is charged via a USB port. Pod devices that take an external 18650 battery are also available if you are looking for something with a longer battery life and a bit more power.
If you are a heavier smoker transitioning to vaping, a pod system with a larger battery would be bested suited for heavy use. Another benefit of using these devices at a low wattage is the battery life of the device will be longer lasting due to not needing a lot of power to function.
Are there any side effects from vaping Nicotine Salts?
The side effects of absorbing nicotine are the same regardless of if you use Nicotine Salts or Freebase Nicotine.
The common side effects found from vaping e-liquid are Dry Mouth, Dizziness, Headaches, Shortness of breath and Mild nausea
It’s also been reported that some users could also have an allergy to the type of acid used to blend with the nicotine, which could induce sneezing and puffy eyes as well as the above listed symptoms.
However, the side effects from smoking greatly outweigh the side effects from vaping. Studies have shown there to be at least 3 times the amount of side effects from smoking compared to vaping.
Why do I cough when I vape Nic Salts?
– There are a number of factors that could lead to Nic Salts making the user cough.
-Nicotine Salts have a different sensation when vaped compared to Freebase nicotine, therefore the inexperienced user may find the variation in throat hit quite different and unexpectedly causing them to cough. The selected number of Watts on your device will play an important part also, if you find it’s making you cough or the throat hit is too much, trying to lower the wattage on your device.
-As with all vape liquid, the MG strength will depend on how harsh it is on your throat. If 20mg is too harsh, try the lower 10mg strength. And also, the Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerine (VG) mix can cause a dry mouth/throat, especially when vaped constantly.
What Nicotine MG strength do Nicotine Salts come in?
As previously stated above, Nic Salts come in 0mg, 10mg and 20mg levels. 20mg is the highest strength available to buy in the UK to coincide with TPD Law.
TPD Law Explained
TPD law came into effect on the 29th February 2016, implemented by the government, stating that there would be a restriction on e-liquids containing no more than 20mg nicotine content. There are other restrictions across vaping under this law, and the full legislation is available to read on the gov.uk website.
Can I get higher strength Nicotine salts in the UK?
Higher strengths such as 50mg is manufactured and sold in other countries, but it is illegal to distribute these strengths within the UK. If you see any sellers offering this strength, they are breaking the law.
Are Nicotine Salts more addictive than Freebase?
Nicotine Salts are in no way more addictive than freebase nicotine, and even less so than tobacco products. However, due to the much smoother hit on the throat than standard freebase nicotine vape liquid, this can cause the user to vape more than usual, with the slight risk of nicotine dependency increasing.
As previously stated above, vaping is considerably healthier than smoking even when being a constant user.
What flavours are available?
2xVape have created a range of mouth-watering Nic Salt e-liquids in the following flavours, available in a 10mg or 20mg strengths.
Nicotine Salt e-liquid ticks all of the boxes for anyone looking for a smooth, strong hitting vape. You can buy all of the above flavours in both strengths on our website https://www.2xvape.com