how much nicotine is in a cigarette Have you ever wondered how much nicotine is in a cigarette? The powers that be —government officials, the mass media, and certain Surgeon Generals — use the nicotine in e-cigarettes to villainize vaping. It’s nothing new for vaping to be the fall guy while in the meantime, big tobacco’s stocks have soared since shortly after the FDA e-cig regulations took effect. But, as Michael Russell, who pioneered tobacco harm reduction in the 1970s said, “People smoke for the nicotine, but they die from the tar.” There’s no tar, and for that matter, no tobacco in e-cigarettes, but apparently the FDA thinks there is. So, what’s the deal?   If we’re going to make nicotine the scapegoat for the sake of scaring people away from using e-cigs as an alternative to traditional cigarettes, why don’t we consider that many people view ENDS as a form of tobacco harm reduction. This tobacco harm reduction study, for instance, states that “E-cigs may be an additional tool for reducing tobacco related harm when used to target smokers for whom current cessation programmes have had only limited success.” There’s a decent chance that using nicotine as a way to target e-cigarettes may further discourage smokers from finding an alternative to cigarettes. With that in mind, let’s look at the question of how much nicotine is in a cigarette.  

There’s How Much Nicotine in a Cigarette?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a single cigarette contains roughly .95 mg of nicotine. If you’re a pack-a-day smoker, that means you’re intaking roughly 19 milligrams of nicotine daily. This number is roughly the same, whether you’re smoking what was traditionally known as a “light” cigarette or a “full flavor cigarette.” The CDC does not hesitate to remind us that there used to be a lot more nicotine in a cigarette. There are other estimates out there, but that’s roughly how much nicotine is in a cigarette. How does that nicotine affect a smoker’s system once it’s made its way from the tar-filled cigarette tube and into your lungs? It turns out that there’s a lot of accumulated nicotine over time. Switching to e-cigarettes gives you the option of slowly tapering off of nicotine to help ease the psychological effects of what you accumulated via cigarettes.  

How Do I Replace My Nicotine If I Switch To Vaping?

If you stop smoking and start vaping, you should start with a device that mimics the way cigarettes work. This means buying a cig-a-like or e-cig that can give you the throat and chest hit you crave. Our Vapor Zeus “Last Pack” starter kit was created by a heavy smoker, but it can be used by anyone who wants to feel like they’re still smoking a cigarette. The kit has everything you need to start vaping.   It’s also important to replace your nicotine intake with an e-juice that has a nicotine strength that’s close to the type of cigarettes you smoked.  
  • For heavy smokers, we recommend starting with 3.6% or 36 mg of nicotine.
  • Social smokers should begin with 1.1 or 1.8% nicotine
  • If you only smoked occasionally, you can start at less than .8% nicotine.
These recommendations might vary per person, but once you get started, don’t hesitate to call us for suggestions. We’re here to help make it easy.