... as most cigarette smokers know only too well. A smoker becomes accustomed to having a certain level of nicotine, the most addictive substance in tobacco products, present in their system. However, it is good to know that as irresistible as it may be, nicotine, unlike some of the 4000+ ingredients like tar and carbon monoxide present in tobacco cigarettes, is not known to be carcinogenic.
This is why more and more people are turning to e-cigs as an alternative to cigarette smoking and a pleasurable way to enjoy their nicotine without all the harmful chemicals in tobacco.
If you feel you have Nicotine Dependence Syndrome and would like some help and advice, please contact your GP or NHS Smokefree. In the meantime, please remember that...
Nicotine is a toxic substance which, when taken in sufficient amounts, can be fatal. Nicotine in any form should not be used by children, people with high blood pressure, anyone with a heart condition or pregnant women.
Just a small amount of nicotine could be enough to kill a child or family pet. For this reason, nicotine patches, gums , e liquid or any product that contains nicotine must never be left within their reach and should ideally be kept in a lockable box.
Nicotine tolerance varies greatly from person to person, but a lethal dose of nicotine for adults is estimated to be between 30 and 60mg.
For a child, a lethal dose is considered to be just 10mg of nicotine!
E liquid, the 'fuel' for e-cigs, is available in small bottles with nicotine concentrations of 0mg (nicotine free), 11mg, 18mg, 24mg and 36mg or 1.1%, 1.8%, 2.4% and 3.6% respectively. Nicotine concentration may vary slightly depending on the manufacturer, e.g., available in 16mg rather than 18mg bottles.
Cartridges pre-filled with liquid are usually available with nicotine content labelled zero (0%), low (1.1%), medium (1.4%) and high (1.8%).
Nicotine content in e liquid is usually measured in mgs per ml. For example, 18mg e liquid would contain 18mg of nicotine per 1 ml of liquid. The exception to this is e liquid produced by manufacturer Johnson Creek which is measured in mg per 1.2ml.
One average tobacco cigarette contains approximately 1.5mg of nicotine.
Feel free to take a 'wander' around the liberro.co.uk store if you'd like to see our own range of e-cigs and e liquid with or without nicotine.