How Many Cigarettes Are in a Vape ?


 How Many Cigarettes Are in a Vape ?

Despite the rapid popularity of vapes in the U.S., controversy has ensued over them. 

Some smokers see them as a great tool for quitting, while others have expressed serious concerns about the widespread use of vapes  by teenagers. 

Many remain confused about how vapes compare to traditional cigarettes in terms of nicotine content. 

Research states that for every cigarette smoked, the body absorbs approximately 1-2 milligrams of nicotine, which means that the nicotine intake for ten cigarettes a day is between 10-20 milligrams, while the intake for twenty cigarettes a day is between 20-40 milligrams. 

This data provides a benchmark for measuring the difference in nicotine content in vapes. 

The next article will explain in detail

Understanding Nicotine Concentration

Understanding Nicotine Concentration

When you look at vape e-liquids, you'll see percentage numbers like "5%" displayed prominently. 

This refers specifically to the nicotine concentration -  the amount of nicotine contained in the liquid. 

For example, a 5% e-liquid has 5% nicotine by total volume. 

Put another way, there are 50 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid.

How does this compare to traditional cigarettes? On average, smoking a cigarette delivers between 1 to 1.8 milligrams of nicotine. 

However,  it's not only about the raw nicotine content.  There's also the concept of "nicotine bioavailability" - the actual amount of nicotine absorbed into the bloodstream when inhaling. 

While cigarette smoke has high bioavailability, the absorption rate can vary greatly when vaping, depending on the device and method of inhalation.

All in all,  the percentage figures denote the total nicotine content in vaping e-liquids. 

But the nicotine concentration doesn't directly translate to what gets absorbed by your body during use.

Many other factors come into play.

How many puffs of a 20mg vape is equal to a cigarette?

How many puffs of a 20mg vape is equal to a cigarette?

The Guardian, a leading British daily newspaper, reported some of the most popular vapes on the market are advertised as coming in nicotine strengths of 0mg, 10mg, and 20mg/ml, so a 2ml vape typically contains 0mg, 20mg or 40mg of nicotine, and allows for between 600 and 800 puffs.

A 20mg/ml vape, with 40mg of nicotine, is therefore the equivalent of smoking one or two packs of 20 cigarettes.

But when a vape is illegal, it may contain a lot more e-liquid, and the strength per milliliter could be far higher than allowed. 

This means it offers thousands of puffs and is the equivalent of hundreds of cigarettes.

The equivalence between 20 mg vape smoking and cigarette smoking is not a simple comparison, as several factors need to be considered. 

However, we can provide a rough estimate based on the available information

In terms of nicotine release cigarettes typically contain 10-15mg of nicotine per cigarette.

A single puff of a cigarette produces approximately 0.05-0.1mg of nicotine.

The total nicotine content of a 20mg Vape cartridge/flask is similar to that of a pack of cigarettes (approximately 200-300 puffs).

It is estimated that each puff of a 20mg vape provides 0.05-0.1mg of nicotine, similar to a puff of a cigarette.

Therefore, it is roughly estimated that 1 cigarette = 10-20 puffs of 20mg vape.

This means that 10-20 puffs from a 20mg vape device is roughly equivalent to smoking a traditional cigarette in terms of nicotine intake. 

Influences the actual release of nicotine

It is important to note that this is a general guideline, as the actual amount of nicotine released will vary depending on the following factors:

  • Inhalation time and intensity
  • Coil resistance and power settings
  • Personal Vaping and Smoking Behavior

The only way to truly determine equivalent vaping is through personal testing and monitoring.

Tips for Transitioning from Smoking to Vaping

Tips for Transitioning from Smoking to Vaping

Here are some tips for transitioning from smoking to vaping in order to reduce nicotine intake:

Start with a higher nicotine strength

When first switching from cigarettes to vaping, begin with a higher nicotine strength, such as 18-20mg/mL.

This can help satisfy the nicotine cravings and make the transition from smoking easier.

Gradually reduce the nicotine strength

Over time, slowly decrease the nicotine strength of your e-liquids, such as stepping down to 12mg, then 6mg, and eventually 3mg or 0mg.

This gradual reduction can help wean you off nicotine more comfortably.

Use a mouth-to-lung (MTL) vaping device

MTL devices mimic the draw and sensation of smoking a cigarette, which can make the transition more seamless.

Start with a higher nicotine strength in an MTL device, then transition to a lower-nicotine sub-ohm or direct-to-lung device later on.

Adjust your vaping habits

Pay attention to your vaping frequency and puff duration.

Take shorter, less frequent puffs compared to how you would smoke a cigarette.

This can help prevent over-consuming nicotine during the transition.

Combine with nicotine replacement therapy

Using nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges in combination with vaping can further help reduce your overall nicotine intake.

The nicotine replacement therapy can address cravings while you gradually step down the vaping nicotine.

Stay hydrated and manage cravings

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, as vaping can be dehydrating.

When experiencing cravings, try alternative activities like going for a walk, drinking water, or chewing gum.

Seek support and guidance

Speak with your healthcare provider or reach out to vaping/smoking cessation support groups.

They can provide personalized advice and help you develop a plan to safely reduce your nicotine consumption.


That's what the article is all about, The key is to take it step-by-step, be patient with yourself, and focus on gradually reducing your nicotine intake through a combination of vaping and other cessation methods. 

With the right approach, you can successfully transition from smoking to vaping while lowering your overall nicotine consumption.