For many of the people who use e-cigarettes — for the majority, perhaps — nicotine is likely the primary draw of vaping. Nicotine is powerfully addictive, and some people simply can’t manage to quit. Many of those people look for ways to consume nicotine without smoking, only to find that products such as nicotine gum simply don’t satisfy in the same way because they don’t provide the flavor, the throat hit or the hand-to-mouth ritual. The allure of e-cigarettes is that they provide all of those things without the smoke. In many areas, vaping even costs less than smoking — so switching to vaping means that you can do something good for yourself and save some money in the process.
If you already vape, none of the above is news to you. You already know about the benefits of vaping and are completely sold on them. The one thing that may still be a mystery, though, is why seemingly every e-liquid manufacturer dutifully offers a nicotine-free version of every flavor. Who in the world is actually buying nicotine-free e-liquid? As it turns out, lots of people are — and maybe you should consider doing so as well.
In this article, we’ll describe why nicotine-free e-liquid can provide a great vaping experience and explain why it might deserve a place in your repertoire.
Nicotine-Free E-Liquid Puts Flavor First
Is flavor the most important part of the vaping experience for you? If you love tasting the creative new flavor profiles that the world’s most skilled e-liquid makers invent, you should know that you’re not tasting the pure essence of an e-liquid if that e-liquid contains nicotine because nicotine has a slightly peppery flavor of its own. While the flavor of nicotine can certainly add something to an e-liquid, it also partially covers the taste of the e-liquid itself. Do you want to find out what your favorite e-liquid really tastes like? Try it without nicotine.
When you try a nicotine-free version of your favorite e-liquid, you’ll probably notice that the flavor is significantly stronger. That’s because nicotine doesn’t just alter the flavor of an e-liquid; it also takes up space inside the bottle. Eliminating the nicotine leaves more room for the agents that create the e-liquid’s flavor profile. You’ll probably also notice that you’re blowing slightly bigger clouds. Omitting the nicotine, after all, leaves more room for cloud-producing vegetable glycerin — and since you won’t have nicotine irritating your throat, you’ll be able to inhale those clouds more deeply. A nicotine-free e-liquid really can provide a great vaping experience.
Nicotine-Free E-Liquid Provides an Option Where Nicotine Is Illegal
At this point, we think it’s safe to say that the clock is ticking for tobacco cigarettes. It seems fairly certain that in the not-too-distant future, vaping — or something like it — will make cigarettes completely irrelevant. Anything that reduces smoking rates represents an enormous net gain for the public health. That being said, it seems equally certain that inhaling vaporized e-liquid is less safe than inhaling plain air. We don’t know exactly where vaping resides on the continuum of safety, and the world’s governments have struggled as a result when trying to decide how best to regulate vaping products. A few governments have regulated vaping with an especially heavy hand. Norway, for example, doesn’t allow the domestic sale of e-liquid with nicotine at all. In spite of the challenging legal climate, Norwegian vape shops such as Friske Drag have carved out niches for themselves by selling nothing but nicotine-free e-liquid. Though the government makes it challenging for vapers to obtain nicotine, the vaping industry in Norway has thrived. For many people, vaping offers so many benefits that it makes nicotine unnecessary.
Are You Really Still Addicted to Nicotine?
The rise of sub-ohm vaping has coincided with a drastic reduction in the nicotine strengths that most vapers prefer. If you use a modern high-output vaping tank, your preferred nicotine strength may be as low as 3 mg. An even lower nicotine strength of 1.5 mg is starting to become popular, and that begs the question — are you still addicted to nicotine at all? Unless you’re chain vaping your 1.5 or 3 mg e-liquid, you’re most likely not consuming that much nicotine as it is. Maybe it’s time to try giving the nicotine up completely. You may find that you don’t actually miss it.
Nicotine-Free E-Liquid Has Real Utility
If you’re new to vaping and haven’t yet explored the realm of big vapor clouds and low-nicotine e-liquids, you might have trouble envisioning a future in which you no longer require e-liquid with nicotine. As you gain experience, though, you’ll come to realize that the huge variety of available nicotine strengths is one of the best features that vaping has to offer. Some common nicotine strengths include 0, 1.5, 3, 6, 8, 12, 16, 18 and 24 mg — and those aren’t even all of the nicotine strengths on the market. One benefit of having so many different nicotine strengths available is that you can customize your vaping experience to provide exactly the amount of nicotine you need. An additional benefit is that you can adjust your nicotine intake over time — without changing anything else about the way you vape — simply by changing your nicotine strength. Many people around the world have utilized that feature to gradually reduce — and eventually eliminate — their nicotine intake. If you decide to do the same, you’ll be glad that nicotine-free e-liquid exists because smoking addicts you in two ways. There’s the physical addiction to nicotine, and there’s the mental addiction to the hand-to-mouth ritual. When you finally start using nicotine-free e-liquid, you can break one of those addictions without breaking the other simultaneously.
Nicotine-Free E-Liquid Can Be Part of Your Vaping Arsenal
Until now, we’ve only discussed the benefits of using nicotine-free e-liquid full time — but you certainly don’t have to do that. You could also add nicotine-free e-liquid to your vaping arsenal as something that you only use part of the time. Are you the type of person whose vaping device rarely leaves your hand? Do you often have difficulty falling asleep and wake up feeling tired? Nicotine is a powerful stimulant with a strong link to insomnia. Switching to nicotine-free e-liquid at night could significantly improve your quality of sleep.