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  1. Poppalou

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    I've been vaping and smoking for several years now. I started at 18mg of nicotine over 4 years ago and have worked my way down to 3mg. Now I have become serious about quitting smoking but when I vape my 3mg juice, I still want a smoke shortly after. Should I go back up to 6mg and see if that helps? I seem to remember that I would cough with higher nicotine levels. Not sure what to do at this point, any help and suggestions would be helpful!
     
  2. wildgypsy70

    wildgypsy70 My son calls me "vape mom" Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years VU Challenge Team

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    I’d go back up to 6 for a while and see if that gets you off the cigs. Or chain vape 3, but that’s probably not ideal.
     
  3. f1r3b1rd

    f1r3b1rd Phantom Pilot Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Diamond Contributor VU Challenge Team Member For 5 Years

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    There is no set answer, I started at 18 as well. I stayed at 6mg for years. To get to 3 I had to go to a dual coil rda and lots of power. After a while I hot down to 1.

    Now I use mostly single coil at 1 unless I'm really stressed out. In those instances I just grab a dual coil
     
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    Rooster Cogburn Memento Mori VU Donator Gold Contributor Member For 2 Years ECF Refugee VU SWAT Reddit Exile

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    Yea move back up the nicotine dosage until you feel satisfied. If too much throat hit is causing you to cough try nicotine salt juices. I like TH so I use “hit” nicotine salts but they also make a “smooth” nicotine salt if you mix your own juice. Riversupply dot com sells it and it’s great nicotine for a good price. If you don’t mix your own juice just nic salt commercial juice. Salts are smoother than freebase so You should be able to vape higher nicotine juice without the throat irritation.
     
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  5. Wb80

    Wb80 -DIY-demon- VU Donator Gold Contributor Member For 1 Year

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    Go to 10mg. The caughing will stop after a lil bit when you ditch the smokes all together.
     
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  6. MyMagicMist

    MyMagicMist Platinum Contributor Member For 4 Years ECF Refugee

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    Started at 18 mg per ml. Still at 18 mg per ml and been mostly vaping for about five years now. Have had a few minor backslides to periods of having a cigarette, yes only one cigarette at any given time it happened. Then right back to vaping for months until I backslide, have a cigarette. Trying to quit backsliding but not kicking my ass for being human.
     
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  7. Vape Fan

    Vape Fan More like I am now, than I was before VU Donator Gold Contributor Member For 2 Years

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    Coughed with higher than 6mg? Give 6mg a try. If it's too much you can 50/50 6 and 3 for 4.5.
    Sounds like your DTL?
    When we stop smoking, we cough for a while from lungs healing.
     
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  8. 5150sick

    5150sick Under Ground Hustler Staff Member VU Administrator Senior Moderator VU Donator Diamond Contributor Mod Team Leader Member For 5 Years

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    Have you tried Nic Salt?
    It allows you to have a higher nicotine level with less throat hit.
     
  9. Carambrda

    Carambrda Gold Contributor Member For 3 Years

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    For me, 6mg was way too harsh, the exhale just felt like sandpaper in my windpipe and throat... only worse. Whereas 3mg was not satisfying, same problem as you described. The trick that did it for me was to use 6mg in an RDA and add a few drops of 0mg straight on top of the coils. I tried simply mixing the two together to get 4.5mg-5mg, but that didn't work out because, after not vaping for half an hour, the first couple of hits would always be harsh. So counting drops was the only way. This took much added effort of course, but the good news is, it allowed me to adjust my nic strength on-the-fly so each time when I chain vaped I would lower the strength to be able to avoid getting nic sick. Chain vaping takes care of feeling stressed. The juices I vape are high VG (70% or more VG), and, that is what's needed for me to 1/ not get much throat hit, as I hate getting more than just a small amount of throat hit, and 2/ feel like inhaling/exhaling something that doesn't feel like just air with a bit of flavor added, i.e. the texture and density also matters a lot, and 3/ get better flavor performance because else I start tasting the PG, which tastes chemical to me. Further, I only vape at high wattages on handbuilt complex coil builds using relatively thin wire sizes with spools of premium quality Nichrome 80 wire, mostly dual coil aliens, and I can build these coils myself with a cordless drill and a swivel tool. Vaping any other way just fails to satisfy me. Low wattage vaping feels anemic to me, and also it mutes flavor. Like collecting leftover crumbs with your wet index finger after everyone has left the party. Bottom line: which option takes the most effort? Is it the kind of vaping setup that is easiest to use and maintain, at the sacrifice of giving you cravings that always make you struggle trying to quit? Or is it the kind that gets you instantly off smoking by giving you such a highly satisfying vape experience, that you never ever feel any cravings at all? Taking the latter route is what got me off smoking within less than 2 minutes, despite I was smoking 16-17 normal cigs/day. Go figure.
     
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  10. MyMagicMist

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    I see you are conveying your experience and that's all. That noted I perceive a consensus being gradually inched forward. "Vape at high wattage." this creature beckons. Yes, I know that is only my perception and what we each perceive can be totally complete worlds of difference.

    Which I'll not say vaping at high wattage is wrong at all. It may not be for everyone though and this is the motivation compelling me posting. I confront the cravings by using higher nicotine. I like you use max VG juice, may swap to a 50/50 blend a bit further on. For now though the higher VG contents me and possibly works better for my preferred style of vaping, squonking. Again though it comes to how one sees things.

    At present I'm running a simple 26 gauge Kanthal single wire wrapped 4 times around 3 mm ID to get a coil hitting at about 0.60 ohms at 20 watts. For me it is creating a nice modest amount of cloud, giving all the flavor I could hope to get (no sense of smell and limited taste for me due to a congenital issue). i like a cooler vape though because warmer vape to me creates what you experience with the sandpaper throat.

    There's always more than one way to skin a cat or shoot yourself in the foot, or vape. :) That is likely all I'm desiring to express, and I know you too can see that. We all start out new and find what works for us. What works for you is your "right way" to do it. You can try other ways to do it but don't let anyone say your way is wrong, because it's not. And I don't think or feel anyone is saying that regarding how I vape, only adding this as reference for others who are new. We're all different so we all do the same thing differently. :)
     
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    How much nicotine should I vape to quit smoking?

    The answer to this question is as much as you need to keep you from wanting to light up. When I quit it took me vaping 36MG using Cigalikes but when I went to a MOD and Above OHM tank I lowered it to 24/18/12 very fast and 3MG worked for me. Due the the additional stress lately I went back up to 4MG but at one point I was down to 1.5MG but that was unfulfilling. I may even go up to 5 or 6MG but after over 5 years I will never light up again.

    Good Luck~! Stay Safe and Stay Healthy................
     
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    Of course I'm conveying my experience and that's all. Each time when someone tries to suggest to me that I should play nice and convey someone else's experience, I just shake my head and then I wonder, if most vapers can't even seem to agree what day it is, does it really matter the fact I don't like your jacket because it's blue? :)
     
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    Well now, so long as you don't have a fit of not liking my green dress, think we'll be alright. ;) :D :p :) I mean it was a really good deal, Ricky. The salesman said it matched my brown eyes and everything. *chuckling*
     
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    It really seems to me that people have a better success rate at staying away from cigarettes if they vape around 12mg when they first quit. There are a lot of factors that go hand-in-hand with the nic strength of juice, though, to govern how much nic you're actuallly taking in with your vape.

    The 12mg level would work for a very restricted air, lower-wattage vape, at say no more than 25-30W. If you're more of a restricted direct lung vaper, try 9mg and keep your vape between 35-50W. And naturally, the way this is headed is that if you like a lot of air and higher wattage, over 50W, to be on the safe side I wouldn't vape more than 6mg, with a plan to drop that to 3mg over a few months' time.

    The faster you go through batteries and juice, the more nicotine you're taking in. You don't want to get sick, which is why you wouldn't want to vape 18mg at 70W all day long. I'm very sure that would have me green around the gills, and I've been using nicotine for nearly 50 years.

    Then, of course, there's the simple answer, that goes like this: Vape as much nicotine as it takes to keep you away from the cigarettes.

    Just don't make yourself sick. :)
     
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    Reason I don't like people who wear a blue jacket is because my eyes are blue so I wear a blue jacket, and I don't like copycats. :cheers:
     
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    Well, having been in the Navy we wore uniforms called working blues. These were bell bottom denim dungarees with white t-shirt under a light blue chambray shirt. For some while I liked that style of dress.

    Then of course, I got away from it in favor of a pair of soft pant with drawstrings, sweatpants, maybe a t-shirt or nice polo style pull over shirt. Seems of late I've taken to going sock-less. "Oh yeah? Check Pm in a few. I'm rambling and it don't need to go here." :)
     
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    As if it doesn't happen anyway. Nor am I the only one to do it.
     
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    The OP's question has already been answered anyway. :)
     
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    MyMagicMist Platinum Contributor Member For 4 Years ECF Refugee

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    Aye, there's that. :)
     
  21. shamsmehra90

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    Hi,
    i think you should need a advice of doctor, because health is prioority
     

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