Why Am I Still Craving Cigarettes?

Vaping Beats Smoking
Vaping Beats Smoking

I’ve been cigarette-free for quite a while now, but honestly I get the itch to smoke a cigarette every now and then. It’s natural for any recovering junkie. This was a daily habit of mine for many years, and I still consider myself new to vaping.

Let’s face it, sometimes vaping feels exactly just like that, smoking vapor. It lacks the “kick” or throat hit cigarettes usually give you. It’s like a smoker going from Marlboro Reds to ultra lights, it might not be doing you so well. In this case, its time to up your dosage of nicotine.

The beauty of vaping is it is highly customizable to fit your taste. The more you vape, the more you will discover what works for you and what doesn’t. In my case, I am more about flavor and vapor production. I have done away with cartomizers and clearomizer tanks and have settled with rebuildable atomizers. I have also learned what set-up I like. But now I am getting too technical at this point, so here’s how to get that extra kick in vaping.

Two things you should know, nicotine content and PG/VG. The higher the nicotine content, the more of a throat hit you get. Try looking at the bottle of juice you have and see how much nicotine is in it. Here is a simple table that can help you compare nicotine content to cigarettes:

6mg = ultra lights

12mg = lights

18mg = Reds

Next time you buy juice at a vape store, ask for help. This is why I stress on buying from a vape store rather than a smoke shop when buying juice. The people there can help you immensely. Of course, it will also depend on the personal preference of the person you ask. In my experience, one store thought 12mg juice was good enough and did not stock on anything higher than that. That was based o their preference. Also, I’ve noticed that most vape shops only go as high as 18mg. If you do need something stronger and can’t find it at your local vape shop, then try buying online. Many vendors sell 24mg, 36mg, and even 42mg juice on their site.

Another thing is the PG/VG content. Simply put, the higher the PG content, the more of a throat hit you will get. VG is more for vapor production. Most juices are a 50/50 mix, so look for something that is slightly higher on the PG content like a 60/40 or 80/20 mix.

There are many other ways of increasing a throat hit with vaping, but I decided to keep it short and simple at this time and will dwell on this topic on another post. Just remember, you don’t always have to fall off the wagon, you just have to tweak what you are doing to get rid of those nasty cravings.


Author: Mr. Long Drag

Former smoker turned vaper since 2013. I blog about questions that I and others might have about vaping. All I can say is it's a better alternative to cigarettes, nicotine gum, patches or medication, no matter what the Big Tobacco backed media says!


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