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How I Quit, Part 2

Article: 30 January 2015 – by Andy Prevost

Many before me have progressed through ever lower levels of nicotine strengths. Two in particular were both long term heavy smokers. Both  started at 24 mg/ml nicotine strength and now vape at 0. I'm impressed with their path and their strategies (Shai Be from Dashvapes and Randy Laporte from The Canadian Vaper).

Cutting back on nicotine strengths in vapor liquid is not like switching from regular strength cigarettes to lights. Even dropping to 0 nicotine is not like throwing our your smokes and never touching another one again.

In the previous article documenting my journey towards 0 nicotine, I pointed out that the tobacco companies put additives in cigarettes to enhance the effect of nicotine. The tobacco companies call this "free basing" nicotine. By adding an ammonia compound, the cigarettes deliver the nicotine to the brain extremely quickly and contribute to more intense addiction.

Our vaping liquids do not contain these "free basing" ingredients. The rate that nicotine reaches the brain is actually slower when vaping.

You can actually try a test yourself. If you normally vape at 12 mg/ml – next time you drop by your favorite vape shop, try out the same flavor you normally vape at 12 mg/ml but this time at 6 mg/ml.

I am no different than anyone else. When I dropped from 24 mg/ml to 18 mg/ml, I had absolutely no negative effects and did not detect any difference at all. Not in throat hit, not in satisfaction levels ... nothing. Exactly the same results when I dropped from 18 mg/ml to 12 mg/ml. And, exactly the same results when I dropped from 12 mg/ml to 6 mg/ml. And, exactly the same results when I dropped from 6 mg/ml to 3 mg/ml.

I've tried going back up to higher strengths, but I get the nicotine buzz. And, quite thankful for that too. It's simple to go down in nicotine strength, but a challenge to go back.

Now, that's worked so far in going down to 3 mg/ml. I normally vape at 8.5 watts – that important and I'll explain why. You might want to have a look at the explanation of mg/ml:

This next part, I want to thank Shai Be at Dashvapes for reminding me. When we told me about this, I really felt like slapping myself in the forehead ... why didn't I remember that? Gheez, so simple.

Most vapers that use dripper atomizers will tell you that they vape at 0 mg/ml – no nicotine whatsoever. The reason for that is that at the high wattage they generate with their devices and drippers, any nicotine content at all would means a nicotine rush. What that tells me is that any vape liquid that is used at high wattages generates more throat hit and an effect similar to nicotine.

And, that in a nutshell, is what I plan on doing using clearomizers.

When I make the final switch to 0 nicotine level, I will use the same flavor(s) that I am used to vaping. Instead of the 3 mg/ml I use now, I will drop that to 0 nicotine. To replace the effects of nicotine and the throat hit, I will kick up the wattage on my device. Shai Be used to smoke two and a half packs of cigarettes. He's now at 0 nicotine and he did it by kicking up the wattage on his device to 35 watts. Now, I'm not sure what his regular vape wattage used to be, but I will run a series of experiments and let you all know what is satisfying.

I have decided on what vape gear I will use – particularly for the month of Febuary when this is most critical.

For a battery, I will use the IPV Mini, the Franken-IPV I made using a Unicorn case and IPV 2 circuit board, and the Heatvape Defender. The main one will likely be the Franken-IPV. Note that I will be testing a few devices through this period for possible review articles (Sigelei 150 watt, Cloupor Mini, Heatvape Defender 50 watt, Heatvape Invader Mini, and the iMAX – at a minimum).

For a tank, I will use the KangerTech Subtank, Subtank Mini and Subtank Nano. I will have the Aspire Atlantis as a backup.

For vapor liquid, I am searching out a Dragonfruit, Pomegranate and possibly one more – all at 0 mg. I will keep some Pomegranate 3 mg handy.


  • Posted by Mark Timblin on June 21, 2015, 2:59 pm

    Andy, very informative article thus far, I read part I and now part II. I was like you started smoking at 17 I think, regularly at 18 when I joined the Army. However, I had started dipping snuff, chewing tobacco at the tender age of 11 or 12, by age 15 I was a can of snuff or better every day. While in the Army, my use of cigarettes, cigars, pipe, increased, and my use of snuff or chewing tobacco never decreased. By the time I was 30 I was smoking a cigarette, had a dip of snuff in as well. By the age of 35 or 36 I was a pretty big boy, around 250 lbs or 113/114 kilos. I needed to loose a lot of weight quit smoking cause I couldn't breathe. I was working in a state prison at the time and being around convicts all day I needed the nicotine. Well, I quit smoking around January or February 1993. Then at 3:00 am on May 8th it was technically Mothers Day I received a phone call. Usually at the time of day they were crank or wrong numbers. This one wasn't; it was my brother who lives just 20 minutes from me calling to tell me that our mother had been killed in a head on collision. She lived in Pa. we live in Florida. After I stopped screaming and scaring the hell out of my wife, and thankfully hadn't awoken our kids who were 5 and 6 then, I got up, got dressed told my wife I would be back, after all I was due at work by 8 am. I left the house, found a 24 hour store went in bought 2 packs of the cheapest nastiest cigareettes I could find, and another 3 cans of snuff. My smoking began all over again, I did finally quit smoking cigarettes in 1995, still continued to dip snuff and smoked the little cigars with the plastic tips called Cap't Black loved those things.