Vaping With Nicotine vs. Nicotine Free

Nicotine may increase your level of satisfaction... And it's no more harmful to vape than caffeine.

Nicotine has long been a controversial subject, yet, vaping and the handling of liquid nicotine, deserves to be treated far differently than in the context of smoking and tobacco. 

Not only can it help limit one’s daily puff count, it also offers that much-needed feeling of satisfaction and contentment; at least for many vapers. I’ll refrain from jumping on my soapbox and reiterating the fact that for many, there are potential benefits of vaping nicotine based e-liquids. Be it psychological, cognitive or neurological. Oh, I just did.

Since the advent of vaping, many reputable members of science and medicine have stipulated that the level of harm from nicotine equates to that of caffeine.   

So let’s just look at vaping, with or without what some are referring to as the new wonder drug. 

A smoother transition

There’s no question that e-liquid containing nicotine is desired by the overwhelming majority of smokers wishing to make the switch. Although I’ve met quite a few who have transitioned successfully without nicotine, many will experience a smoother and more satisfying journey with nicotine included.

Vaping less frequently

I gave up nicotine for many months, vaping only flavours mixed with a 50/50 blend of PG and VG. What I did notice was I tended to vape far more frequently, and quite frankly I was often chain vaping.  I wanted to see if after all these years I could do away with nicotine, as limiting one’s inhalation of anything is probably a sensible approach. Although I can, I can’t discount the benefits of nicotine.

As most are aware, nicotine can offer a sense of satisfaction, and a relaxed, calming state of mind. When we vape with nicotine, we feel much as we did when we smoked, and depending on the strength or milligram per millilitre level of the nicotine, many tend to vape less frequently.

It’s often said that smoking is addictive and vaping is habitual. Whilst there’s some truth to this, there are certainly no absolutes. However, quitting vaping is far easier than quitting smoking.

Is nicotine the only addictive culprit?

Many are convinced that nicotine is highly addictive, and therefore the reason why one billion or so smokers have such a hard time quitting. In part, this is due to a somewhat incorrect assumption.  I have a blog about nicotine and addiction – The-truth-about-nicotine.

For myself, as well as many others (who may or may not realise it) it is also the hand to mouth action and the pleasure of inhalation (albeit that it’s odd) that can keep us reaching for our vaporisers, and or the dreaded coffin nails.

Then there’s the all important MAOI’s – Monoamine oxidase inhibitors

Whether one vapes with or without nicotine isn’t really important. Vaping will save countless lives, and it has proven for millions to be the most successful means of quitting smoking. That’s what’s important.

Charles Yates

AKA Charles Vaper. Ex-smoker, current vaper and THR advocate. I started The Vapers Table in 2011 to offer information and support for smokers looking to transition to vaping. My interests are- Helping smokers quit, food, cooking, flavours, music, orchestral composing-studio recording & technology, travel & country road trips.