My journey into vaping

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And relax. Vape ’em if you’ve got ’em.

I am not a doctor or medical expert, and my opinion should never be taken as medical advice.

I have a large mug of tea and three flavours of vape. My vape probably won’t leave my hand much for the next hour. But you know what? That’s fine. I’m vaping 12mg, and that means that even if I chain-vaped constantly for the next hour which I won’t, I wouldn’t get as much nicotine in my system as I would have done from two tobacco cigarettes. I know for a fact that I’ve never vaped to the point where I was getting even mild nicotine ‘overdose’ symptoms. I dropped my nicotine level because a higher nicotine level became unpleasant tasting, and then I discovered that high nicotine dose cigarettes had that same effect in smokers. I believe that this was that same effect. Smokers already know – instinctively and by habit – how to “dose” themselves with nicotine to satiation from smoking. Changing the amount of nicotine to a dose which was “too high” made the smokers dislike the high yield cigarettes, smoke them less frequently, and dislike the experience. It is not beyond reasonable doubt to expect that vapers will, with experience, learn to titrate nicotine levels similarly when vaping.

Overdose symptoms:

Slight overdosing is readily recognized as dizziness, nausea and headache, prompting users to stop or reduce nicotine intake. Continued consumption of high nicotine doses would result in poisoning evident as severe diarrhea and vomiting. [Source]

So now you know.  I still say that unless you think the amount you vape is a huge issue, don’t sweat it. Bernd-Meyer also tells us that nicotine, while not benign, has “no serious adverse affects” and that we should not “anxiously reduce the amount of nicotine in [our] liquids.” I have found what works for me and stuck with it. If you want to wean yourself off nicotine then do it; but don’t feel pressured to do so. One of the things that sapped the enjoyment from my smoking habit was the constant nagging pressure to cut down. I’m not putting myself back in that same mental place with vaping. One of the best things about it is being able to pick it up whenever I feel like it without guilt or fear.

Think about it for a bit though. If you’re constantly chain vaping and feeling as if you can never put the vape down, perhaps you’re not getting enough nicotine and need a slightly stronger juice. Evidence suggests that nicotine is a substance that we take in to a satiation point.[reference] Surely it would be sensible to expect that if we never get to that satiation point, then we don’t stop vaping. I know I was very concerned about overdose to start with, and that of course made me much more likely to perceive anything I was feeling as overdose. I’m aware that I need to be sure that I’m not downplaying the possibility, but looking at the uptake to serum through vaping, in my opinion and as objectively as I can manage it is highly unlikely to happen.


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