How Much Nicotine Is in a Cigarette?

nicotine_into_cigA lot has been said about how dangerous cigarette smoking is. We all know, or should know,that there are plenty of toxins inside tobacco cigarettes, including tar, ammonia, carbon monoxide and plenty more. But the one ingredient that usually gets the most lambasting is nicotine. Now nicotine may not be as harmful as all those other chemicals when you are considering just the physical implications. But when you get into what it does, which is cause addition, it is by far the most dangerous.

You can try to control your smoking all you want and even attempt to quit. But as long as your body and brain are craving nicotine, then you are going to have a very tough time. It is the same problem all drug users experience. They know what they are using is bad for them, but there is an addictive quality there that makes it difficult to stop doing it. It is a compulsion that is hard to break.

Now in general, the more nicotine there is in a cigarette, the more addictive that cigarette will be. That is why it is so important to understand how much nicotine you are taking into your system.

The Average Nicotine Content

With all that in mind, let’s look at how much nicotine the average cigarette contains. Now cigarettes will be different from one another in a lot of ways, and one of those ways is how much nicotine they contain. You cannot just say all cigarettes contain such and such amounts of nicotine.

It’s not even fair to say that they all average so much nicotine. The average, by the way, is about 12 mg per cigarette. The large majority of cigarettes fall between a range of 8 mg and 20mg. But it is important to note that most of those within that range hit near the low end.


It is also important to note that at least a few of them are reaching as high as 20 mg or more. You cannot just look at an average and apply it to what you are smoking. Your cigarette of choice could be much different than the national average.

What You Are Actually Taking In

Now you aren’t usually taking in all those milligrams of nicotine. It isn’t like you are ingesting the entire cigarette or keeping all the nicotine inside. You exhale a large portion of that, and your body doesn’t assimilate and absorb all the nicotine you inhale.

Once again, we have to refer to an imperfect average that doesn’t paint the whole, true picture. On average, a smoker would actually absorb into their body about 1 mg of nicotine per cigarette.

Now this is going to vary from cigarette to cigarette as well as from person to person. Not everyone is going to absorb the same amounts or smoke in the same way. A lot of different factors determine how much nicotine you are taking in, and they range from the environment in which you smoke to your emotional state when you smoke. That last one may seem odd, but many people actually inhale cigarettes differently based on their mood.

Not Everyone Is the Same

We just mentioned that not everyone is going to absorb nicotine in the same way or at the same rate. But there are other factors that determine just how much damage nicotine does. You see, even if you absorb just as much nicotine as the next person, the effect that same amount of nicotine has on you may be quite different from the effect it has on someone else.

That is because everyone’s body is different. People with a lot of mass or healthy immune systems are not going to be as affected by nicotine as people who are small or frail. That’s when analyzing nicotine content in cigarettes and their effects on people does not give you the same answers every time.

For some people,a single cigarette is enough to form an addiction that will last for a lifetime.For others, it may take most of a pack to form that same addiction.

So we can’t say that a certain amount of nicotine will cause addiction or create a negative effect for someone. But we can say that nicotine is harmful and that at some point it leads to addiction. Once that addiction is in place, it takes varying amounts of nicotine to keep a foothold on the brain and keep the addiction going strong.


    • Thanks so much. Am trying to quit after 57 years & an almost clean CT/Lungs. Using Vapor. Need to find the right strength. So far 12mg solution doesn’t cut it.

      • I smoked for 24 years and I with the 21 mg patch and 4 mg nicotine gum to quit. Follow the steps when using the nicotine replacement patch.

        • Thank you so much. With a lot of prayer, I am now down to a couple of 4mg nicotine gum a day. It will be 7 days today.

        • Hi Sarah,

          I was forced to quit while in a Medical Opiate Detox centre, and i went 3 weeks without a ciggarette, however they were providing me with a 21mg patch and a 8mg patch together per day and the option of a lozenge or gum when requested, in wich i probably on average took 3-4/per day. So i felt great just after the third day without a cigarette in terms of breathing and taste wise, problem was that i didn’t do a proper taper so when i was released i still had that nicotine addiction so i relapsed very easily, but i also figured, that health wise and financially also that i would rather patch & gum then smoke. So when i am ready i will taper and hopefully be rid of it for good! Good luck to all!!

      • I smoked a pack and a half a day for more than 20 years. I vape 6mg juice now for the past 2 months. It’s been two weeks with no cigarettes. you may need to get a different device as 12mg juice – is A LOT of nicotine.

      • I think that you are too connected to the kick. Forget about mimicking cig smoking. Just vape with no nic & 3 mg & 6 mg, forgetting about 12 altogether. You’ve come this far; make it work. I smoked for over 55 years; I had trouble switching to vaping until I understood that tobacco flavours and 12 – 24 mgs were losing strategies. I went cold to 6 and 3 mg and have stayed there for 14 months; I could drop to 0, I’m sure. Still, I don’t think nicotine is dangerous and vaping is not smoking – recovery from smoking for so long is not plausible. Not getting worse is good enough.

        • Hi I am vaping for a year no 3 or 6 mg have not wanted a cig ever feel great after trying a lot of other things I am trying to ween my self down to 3mg I think it’s great love it but get a lot of cig smokers say bad things about vaps so all I could say is don’t. Nock it til you try it and it’s F.D.A approved and I also had two doctors tell me it’s the tar in the cig that’s the worst ok ty

      • I started at 12 mg.. It didn’t taste very well.. So I dropped very quickly to a 3 mg.. I’ve been on 3mg for about a week, and already want to go to a 1.5 mg.. So I’ll have to mix my 3 mg with zero.. Everybody is different, so maybe it’s possible that nicotine isn’t the only chemical in cigarettes that your body is craving.. The type of vape you’re using, can also affect your nicotine intake.. Vape pens, aren’t necessarily as great as the mods in my experience.. I have a smok alien (baby beast) and it has been like magic on me quitting.. Maybe try a different vape? It may help

  1. Cigarettes r the worst thing u could or the worst thing for u stop making them it’s all with the government to make some new laws no cigarettes ever peace out Peter

    • Make pot legal but outlaw cigarettes? That’s ridiculous. Making laws to outlaw cigarettes is fringing on others rights. Besides who else will you tax when you need state funding? How about the dirty secrets of gas and its affects on your health. OOOO no we cant attack gas, to much money in it and then everyone will have to walk, cant have that.

    • Here is a little food for thought, cigs are heavily taxed and just because they are no longer made that doesn’t mean the tax is going to go away, quite the contrary, they are just going to call it something else and everyone will be paying it including you. Remember, you are dealing with a corrupt government.

      • Uhhh, taxing your citizens is not corruption… it’s how a government pays its bills. You pay your phone bill to the phone company and you pay for gov’t services through taxation. Now I’m not saying that corruption doesn’t exist, just that taxation is necessary and not a symptom of corruption. Also, corruption is like oxygen, its everywhere…either live with it or don’t live.

    • The cigarettes companies make a lot of money which means more money for the government. Cigarettes may never become illegal, the cigarette companies have a lot of power.

  2. 24 yr smoker…..thanks for your data….I started weighing the pros and cons….made a decision smoking is not going to kill me…(like my mom at 46!!!)….was REALLY ready to quit….. 3 weeks now was surprising easy when you’re ready…..tired of waking up coughing!!; after 3 weeks….I can actually take a deep breath without wheezing….coughing…..!!!… Anyone that sees this….do whatever you need to do to get there…..I tried 5 times and wasn’t ready and failed within days……make it about your health….your family…..your spouse….whatever it takes…….believe me after only 3 weeks I don’t feel winded…..coughing is gone…..awesome!!! Good luck and God bless!!!!

  3. Sorry forgot to mention this important fact…..a urge to smoke….have coffee….or do drugs only lasts 3-5 seconds in your mind…..however you quit and the urge comes on you……take a deep breath and count to 5……it works……!!!!! Let that sudden urge blow away with your breath!!! ….you will beat this because if you don’t it will eventually beat you!!!! God bless!!!! Patrick

  4. Great article. I definitely agree with Patrick. Quitting is not about how strong you are, it’s about how willing you are. When you’re willing you start to look at the positive vs. the negative, the positive will always outweigh the negative. For me I want to live longer and I still have a young son to still raise, and I know his needs and wants are costing more. I also get tired of being winded when he wants me to play outside activities. I can’t remember exactly how many times I’ve tried to quit in the past but the one thing that got me on this final time of smoking is when my 6 year old asked me, “Why do you have to smoke, Mommy?” That’s a question I will never forget because it made me answer my own reality. Addiction has no good outcomes until a person decides they are tired. I’m on my 6th day, the first 3 days I think we’re the hardest but I’m doing things to try and flush all the toxins out. Cranberry juice & water I read was one of the best remedies plus it ups the immune system. When cravings come I direct my attention to anything to get my mind off of it. It only lasts for a moment and eventually it gets easier. I wish everyone the best of luck on their quit smoking journey.

  5. Good article, we all know the dangers of smoking, it’s refreshing to see this directed to the addiction drug.

    I have gone to vaping, started out on 24 mg nicotine/ ml of e- liquid. I mix my own. Slowly decreased nicotine over time to 0 nicotine. Thus no longer using the physically addictive drug.

    Still vaping, and yes, its bad for me but I can stop for weeks at a time and when I so desire , stop altogether. It now just a psychological need, like drinking decaf coffee. Working for me but everyone’s different. Be safe, Chuck.

  6. By the way, PS… If you try vaping, read, read, read. Nicotine is very dangerous to work with, a poison. Toxic on the skin, blinding to the eye.

    Rubber gloves, goggles, apron and secure storage. Good luck, chuck

  7. I was brushing my teeth and noticed a large red blood spot under my tongue. I quit that second. I did start using nicotine gum at 4 mg and it worked beautifully. in less than two weeks, the spot under my tongue was gone and remains pretty pink. Took fear to make me quit. I am so happy I saw that spot that day. Didn’t need a tongue removal surgery in my future. Lungs are getting more air now and I have more energy. It is going to be a struggle, but my commitment is firm. Best to all.

    • Not from smoking. Just dental problems. Smoking doesn’t cause every medical problem in the world. It’s good that you quit,but blame something else instead of cigarette. SMH

  8. I’ve been to two NHS ‘Smoke-Free’ sessions now,and I’m pleased to say, i have been off the dreaded weed for six days now. A great counsellor / nurse and the half hour sessions really help.

    Being a heavy smoker for 45 years, (since aged 13), I was prescribed 25 mg patch and the 1mg oral spray. You do still need to make your mind up and have the will to succeed but, the medication really does help to take the edge off the cravings.

    Plan out your stop date and get rid of ALL tobacco, papers, cigarettes, lighters etc. Not just in the kitchen bin but, right out of the house. and plan to do something to keep yourself occupied. I had my last smoke on 31st July and started using the gym again and going for a swim on Monday 1st August. Feal great and makes the cravings far easier to handle.

    I’m on ‘Step 1’ nicotine patch – must ask my counsellor what this means. Also, a 25mg patch and say 10 x 1mg squirts of the oral spray = 35 mg a day. Seems a lot to me, as this would be the equivalent to 35 cigs a day, by the explanation above and, strictly speaking, there should be no cravings at all.

    No doubt, all will be made clear at my next session. Thank-you NHS Smoke-Free and good luck to all.

  9. Hi everyone been smoking since 17, probably 15,and started on parents and other pare nets on the block I grew up on with my buddy’s I grew up with on this street.anyway been smoking for God knows for shit just Fiqured it out cause I’m 66 years old!!! I been smoking for 51 dam years!! Anyway my doctor said because haven’t been for last 10 years said if y don’t quit or get ct scan I won’t be your I did I was lucky didn’t have problem yet but I’m trying to quit which is hardest thing I ever godam did cause I’m just so hooked but mostly just habit!! So I’m on those little filters on end of cigs which helped a lot.cut down 50% then vapor thing to help.hope to totally get off.wish me luck!!Cause cigs are killing me! Thanks for listening! Not easy believe Me.

  10. I have smoked one to two packs for 36 years. I’m 55 years old and have been having some discomfort in my chest for a few years. I went to a cardiologist but haven’t received my results yet. I quit smoking the day after that appointment. My chest pains/discomfort has diminished by 99%, since I stopped. (12 days).

  11. Is there some kind of a small machine that I can hook up to that will keep a steady flow of smoke going into my lungs? I just can’t get enough of these American Spirit Cigarettes. They are delicious!

  12. I have COPD and finally – after 50 years – decided I HAVE to quit. Constant coughing, unable to catch my breath – even with my meds – it just all became too much. I’m using 4 mg gum and so far, so good. It’s been five days. Wish me luck!

  13. Started smoking st age 11
    I’m 43 last year I stoped for 2 months
    The 1 month then about 2 weeks
    Now I’m 2 day into it again
    21 mg patch step 1 and the 2 mg logenze
    The plan is to stop my boy is 12
    I want to be active when he an adult
    The my 3 year old boy I want to be alive and active for him as well
    I quite on my oldest boy birthday

    Good luck all it will be extremely difficult
    But 1 minute at a time 1 hour 1 day
    After 30 years I’m gonna do it this time
    For sure.

  14. I quit just today and feel much better,cravings are already pretty much gone…mind over matter,guess I don’t have a mind so it really don’t matter, not to mention I have 3 teens and a grand baby on the way and when my boys asked me to quit and told me how it made them feel and how it made everything stink…it put the urge to quit in a much stronger ability to do so… want to be here for them as long as possible as both parents are deceased and not able to meet their first great grand baby because of health issues from their smoking …. don’t want the same happening to myself…anyone that is “READY” can do it…key word is “Ready”’s to short , enjoy it while ya can! Best wishes to everyone!

  15. I’ve smoked 40+years, 4 packs a day for 25 years. Now that I have proved second hand smoke won’t kill you I’m trying to quit. I’m wearing the 21mg patch and chewing the 4mg gum I’m still having a hard. I’m really mean in the mornings when I get up and still having bad cravings. Any ideas?

    • Get an electronic cigarette with minimal nicotine or even no nicotine. Most of the battle is mental. You can have the right dose of nicotine in your system (from patch/gum/whatever but your brain still wants that hit off the cig. Shallow breathers are significantly more likely to become addicted because the body wants to breathe deeply and smoking makes you do that. So try two things. Force yourself to breathe deeply for a good five minutes several times a day (as if you were drawing on a cig) and get electronic cigs with minimal or low nicotine (but plan to go to 0 nic in the near future) so you can break both the mental and the physical need of the smoke. Best of luck. The patch, gum, and e-cigs helped me tremendously.

    • Todd. there is no one way to do it, but what i do know is that just one hit will start the cycle alllll over again. it’s not the next cigarette that will help you it’s the last one that caused the pain and fits and the next one will only keep that going. It’s hard to get your mind around i know. but it’s the truth. you’re clear of the nicotine and now just working on the mental/conditioned issues. meditation can help you learn to be present and not let your monkey mind get control. give it a try. hope it helps.

    • I use chantix and quit 8 days ago. I never want to smoke again. .it makes it easier to quit with no withdrawal symptoms. Helps you to wean off them easily. I had no side effects from chantix.

      • I think Chantix’s effectiveness varies quite a bit from person to person. I’ve heard of people who it worked beautifully for, but then there’s some people, like my Dad, who it didn’t help much. The method with the highest chance of success has got to be a good e-cig. It is the closest thing to actually smoking, so it’s extremely effective, and it is essentially harmless when you compare it to cigarettes. Obviously e-cig aren’t good for you, but they aren’t really particularly that bad either. You get the positives and negatives of nicotine, but that’s about it. I quit smoking second I bought an ecig, and it made quitting cigarettes 1000x easier. Then quitting the ecig just came naturally a few months later, without even really thinking about it or trying.

    • I vape.. And I love it!!! I keep dropping in nicotine levels, and I can still inhale when my body is telling me to do so.. But I have noticed, that I don’t think about smoking much anymore.. I’ll even set my vape down, and forget where I put it.. Lol I gave away my ciggs, have no lighters, and cleaned my ashtrays and gave those away also.. It helps too, that my boyfriend is quitting with me.. It’s a lot easier to quit, when you’re not around smokers.. I’ve noticed that even sitting in a smokers home now, gives me a migraine.. And Burns my nose and throat!! I never want to smoke again!! I feel bad that I made my kids experience that same feeling when I smoked around them.. 🙁

    • The nicotene in the patch is keeping the addiction alive. Take a deep breath n when ur ready—-get ur 2nd wind. U have come this far. Commit to cutting the dosage. U have to do it.

  16. I smoked for 33 years and have been smoke free for 23 days. I started by using the patch containing 14mg and using 2mg mini mints for 2 weeks, 7mg patch for week 3, no patch and just using the 2mg mints. At day 23 I am still coughing up brown and black tar from my lungs, this is a great thing as my lungs are cleaning them selves out. I spit this crap onto a paper towel and let it dry out and save them. When I get a urge to smoke I pull one out and look at it amazement that I could have so much tar in my lungs and still be alive. That will make me not smoke. I’m in the process of weaning my self of the nicotine mints, this is hard as my body still craves nicotine. I know I will not have beat smoking until I am nicotine free.

  17. Hi. I smoked for 37 years and tried to quit many times by all methods. Nothing ever worked because it was the mental part for me.
    It was 2007 when it clicked for me mentally and I was ready. Two eeeks on nicotine gum and I was done. I didn’t smoke for 5 years. On a trip with friends my buddy and I bought cigars and it seemed ok. It wasn’t. Within 6 months I was a full blown smoker again but this time hiding it from my wife for about a year.
    I have been openly smoking again for about 3 years.
    Today is my birthday and I have decided my bday present to myself is to quit. My wife got up first today and threw out the ashtray and butt bucket on the porch. She made me
    breakfast and I’m on my first piece of gum.
    That’s my story. Wish me luck.

  18. I have been smoking for the last 20 years but it has been like few (less than 20) cigarettes a year at the beginning. A few years in between passed by where i didnt even touch a cigarrete. Looking back I’ve noticed that at my highest I was going through 20 cigarettes in 3 months and those months I was going through high stress levels at work and home. My smoking is related to stress levels and alcohol intake. When I drink, which is mainly over weekends, one or two weekends in a month, I’d find myself having 3 to 5 cigarettes in that drinking duration. It’s not everytime, it’s only when I have had too much to drink. Am I addicted? I bought a box of 20 in December 2016. I still have it. There’s about 4 left and it’s February 2017. My kind of work is extremely stressful during January and February. I dont crave it everyday though. Is it so wrong to use it once on a while, just to cope?

  19. I am 51 years old and have been smoking since age 15. Just within the past year have got up to smoking a pack a day, sometimes two in a ten minute period. I smoked around my children when they were small but then started smoking outside, and do not smoke in my car but my son who is now 19 started stealing my cigarettes. I noticed it about a month ago. Then I found a get up of all the electronic smoke shit and cartridges on the dining room table that he had just brought home. I took it and hid it and he was very angry. I cried. I made an agreement with him that I would quit, that I would start using the patch if he doesn’t continue this. Instead of shutting me out he actually had a big smile on his face. I am scared, it will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life but I know will also be the most important thing I can do for my life and my family. I am going to get the patch tonight, keep me in your prayers I will need it!

  20. I smoke a low cigerette now , 3mg and have gradually done this over the years . My husband still smokes stronger cigarettes and will not give up. I have tried many many times and even gone weeks but as soon as i have a lot of stress i weaken and end up smoking one of his and then go back. If he didn’t smoke i know i could give up. Trouble is he smokes in the house/bedroom He is disabled and in a wheelchair. Goes to bed very early to stretch out in bed at 6pm and then watches tv, till its actually time for bed (when i come in) . I find this very hard! Now the new packaging cigarettes are in i have another problem . As Light cigarettes are harder to buy, sometimes the store doesn’t have mine in stock so i have to resort to another make. Now i can’t even see what strength they are and end up having a pack which is higher in nicotine which puts me back years of trying to smoke less!! Any suggestions on knowing how strong cigarettes are if they do not say on the packet?

  21. I quit smoking 8 days ago. Cold turkey. The next day I went and got the 4mg nicotine lozenges. Supposed to take 9 a day and taper down weekly and then move to the 2mg lozenges. I’m not even going to mess with the 2mg lozenges, I time my day out and only take 3-4 lozenges per day. I have zero cravings, no want or a feeling of need to have a cigarette. The smell of them makes me sick to my stomach. I already smell and taste things better, feel better, breathe better. I wish I would’ve quit years ago, but like the one person said, you have to be ready. The day I quit I bought a pack of cigarettes on my way to work and said I would smoke my last cigarette ever before I went to bed that night, and that’s what I did. I even still have almost half a pack of cigarettes in my truck that I will open and smell of every few days to keep it fresh in my head about how sickening they smell.

  22. If you understand the withdraw process, you will be prepared with the 3rd through 4th day being the worst Your body is finally ridding itself of nicotine! it is screaming for replenishment on days 3 and 4! Drink lots of water those days, take naps to relax, remember THIS TOO SHALL PASS Smoking is a serious addiction. It’s withdraw symptoms can be right up there with heroine withdraw. Not a good time. Take time off for yourself to go through all these physical withdraws and keep a positive circle of friends for the emotional addiction that comes along with it. On the 5th morning you wake up of quitting, pat yourself on the back. You roughed out a very rough time in your life now from this day on, work on the emotional health that gonna nag at you for a while. You got this. Good luck with your journey to a brand new smoke free life

  23. I am on vape. I started at 21 mg and down to 6mg/ml. I have calculated that since a 30 ml bottle lasts me 3 weeks I am taking in at most 8.6 mg/day. I say at most because again I dont take it all in, some gets exhaled, I did research and the least harmful way to vape is at low power levels and avoid the flavored stuff. My doc says that vaping is way, way better than smoking, He likened it to somebody who has a couple of beers a day and someone that drinks a 12 pack a day. I am begininng to wonder if I am addicted to nicotine any longer as my intake is less than a I only vape to take away the urge and have not smoked sine I started vaping. The question in my mind is should I now try stopping??

  24. Everybody REALLY needs to view a couple of Joel Spitzer videos on YouTube…he’s hands down the best nicotine educator. Cold turkey, that’s the best way to quit. Know that nicotine is nicotine is nicotine, so vapors/patches/gum isnt quitting.

  25. 20 years a smoker. Wanted and (sort of) tried to quit for 15 of those years. I tried patches… gum… Zyban (worked but made my brain feel numb, couldn’t think clearly which was worse than smoking)… lozenges… cold turkey (I know some people who say that’s the only way, so when I lit up again after about 1.5 days of hell I felt like “what’s wrong with me, am I just weaker than those people”)… then I tried Chantix, which totally made me not want to smoke but unfortunately made me not want to do anything else either, like I literally felt like a zombie, all emotions/libido/joy went away and I just felt blank. So that wasn’t good. Went back to smoking. Fast forward to present: haven’t smoked in 8 months and have no desire to smoke. What was the key for me? A few things: (1) being ready to do it for myself. I had heard people say for years “you need to do it for yourself” but I didn’t know what that meant I guess… because for a long time it was like “well mySELF wants to smoke dammit, I’m trying to quit because you all say I need to”… but then my life changed, I got a new job, I had a couple kids, I was doing better in general in my life, and realized finally that the reasons I started smoking in the first place were not part of my life anymore… just the smoking was. It was an out-of-place, obsolete thing that I was still clinging to for no reason other than habit and addiction. So for the first time, I *actually wanted to quit for myself*. (2) I needed to get out of my normal routine. Not everyone can do this easily but for me it worked out that I was finally able to go on a vacation with my wife (got my parents to take our kids for a week) and I just said to myself “I am not gonna smoke on this vacation, no matter how many patches and pieces of gum that takes,” and it wound up being way easier to not smoke than I had feared. I put on a 21mg patch every morning and chewed nicotine gum as necessary, and it was actually not that bad, since none of my normal “smoke triggers” were around. (3) After the vacation, I just used patches and gum as much as I needed to to stay off cigarettes. I ignored the instructions on the patches/cigarettes and just used them as much as I needed to to not want to smoke. I think this was my biggest key. Before I always tried to stick to the instructions (21mg for 2 weeks, then drop down to 14 mg., etc.) but that didn’t work for me. Addiction is COMPLICATED and I think you need to find what works for YOU, and not feel like you’re failing if the instructions on the box aren’t exactly what works for you. What worked for me was basically, 21mg patches plus occasional gum for about 2 months… then I started cutting the patches in half, with occasional gum, for another 2 months… then cutting patches in thirds, with occasional gum, for another 2 months… now I’m on 1/4 patch and occasional gum. I don’t know, maybe I’ll want a little gum forever, but that’s a lot better than smoking. I feel SO much healthier and alive, and it’s so much more fun to kiss my wife without knowing my mouth tastes like an ashtray. I guess my main takeaway from my 20 year experience with this is that nicotine is DAMNED addictive, getting off it is hard, quitting works best when you can love and respect yourself enough to want to do it for yourself not others, and to be loving and gentle on yourself in the process. If you’re reading this, I’m pretty sure you WILL quit smoking, it might just not be as neat as the instructions on a box of patches. And that’s ok.

  26. When I quit smoking I thought about all the bad things about it for weeks. I thought about the sore throat, the heavy breathing in my lungs, the sticking fingers, hair, clothing etc. The filthy ashtrays that I took my time smearing the ash around when cleaning them, the forgetting to grab them when I’m half way down the street ( God forbid). So that when I had that final cig I was sooo ready to get rid of them. Haven’t craved them since. Hope this helps.

  27. I’ve smoked for over 20 years, and recently got a Smok AL85 baby beast mod vape and it’s magic on my leaving ciggeretts alone. I’m on 6mg now and have been since I bought it about 2 months ago, and I’m ready to drop lower. Try it out, it’s helped me alot. I used to smoke a pack and a half a day, surprisingly my chest c-rays are normal. I won’t go back to ciggeretts ever again.

  28. I quit io June 16th this yr, switching to 4 mg lozenges. Best thing I’ve done with my habits. I was directed to this site when i questioned “how many mg nicotine in cigs”. I now find out that you absorb 1 mg of nicotine by smoking cigs, but 4mg nicotine by gums or lozenges. So am I doing more harm by taking in 4mg instead of 1mg. Some time ago my doctor had scolded me for trying on the patch, saying “what’s the difference, you still using nicotine”. Can anyone tell me what I should do. I will NEVER go back to smoking. I will scale down to 2mg nicotine lozenges and I will hopefully give it up totally. But i am a little confused about the content of nicotine.
    Thanks in advance.

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