Nicotine Salts

Nicotine salts were introduced by JUUL in 2015. Nicotine salt is a mixture of nicotine and acid(s). Nicotine salts can be used in bigger quantities than normal nicotine. It is easier to handle and preserve. Nicotine salts are mainly used in e-liquid for vapes. Salt nic is the common name for nicotine salt. Nicotine salt has the same effect on the body as nicotine. But since nicotine salt is relatively new, the long term effects of it have not yet been researched enough. In this article you get an overview of nicotine salt and things concerning nicotine.

What is Nicotine Salt?

Nicotine salt is nicotine mixed with acids to create a basis mainly for vape e-juices. This technique allows the creation of more concentrated (stronger) e-juices. Nicotine salts are quite a new product so not much research has been done about the long-term effects of using nicotine salts. But because it allows us to consume more nicotine, we can be sure that it is not healthy. The healthiest and best choice is always to avoid nicotine containing products.  

Read on to find out where nicotine salt comes from.

Where does Nicotine Salt Come From?

Nicotine salt is created by blending together nicotine that is derived from tobacco leaves with acids, typically benzoic (benzene-based carboxylic acid, discovered by Nostradamus) acids. The benzoic acid mixture makes it stronger against funguses and bacteria. It also makes e-liquid vaporize at a lower temperature.

Read on to find out how exactly nicotine salt is made.

How is Nicotine Salt Made?

Nicotine salt is created by following these general steps. Firstly, nicotine is abstracted from cured tobacco leaves. Secondly, nicotine is mixed with acid, usually benzoic acid crystals. The mixture is mixed and heated, according to the desired result. Different content percentages give the nicotine salt different attributes, temperature also plays a role with the nicotine salt attributes. The mixture is then checked according to safety protocols. If it passes the safety checks then the nic salt is ready for usage. The exact content percentages and temperatures are usually set as trade secrets. But the FDA (the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) closely follows and checks all the safety protocols that concern nicotine salts in the USA and in the products sold in the USA.

Read on to find out more about the contents of nicotine salt.

What are the Contents of Nicotine Salt?

The contents of nicotine salt are:

  • Nicotine: Nicotine is a plant alkaloid in the nightshade family of plants, plants that contain compounds, that cause physiological changes in the body. Nicotine is derived from tobacco and is highly addictive and harmful. Nicotine both alerts and relaxes the body simultaneously.
  • Acid(s): different acids, typically benzoic acid crystals. To lower the PH levels (preserves longer) and allow concentrated nicotine content.

Read on to find out more about the strength of nicotine salt.

How is the Strength of Nicotine Salt?

Nicotine strength in nicotine salts is usually around 50% but that is now easier to use and contain than normal nicotine. That is why you can raise the strength of nicotine by adding in more nicotine salt. 

Read on to find out what are the uses of nicotine salts.

What are the Uses of Nicotine Salts?

The uses of nicotine salts are:

  • E-juice: nicotine salts are used in e-juice (e-liquid, vaping liquid) they make the throat hit softer and add in nicotine in a more balanced and concentrated form. Nicotine salt also helps to lengthen the lifespan of e-liquid.
  • Nicotine patches: Nicotine salt is used in nicotine patches instead of nicotine.
  • Nicotine gum: Nicotine salt is used in nicotine gum instead of nicotine.
  • Snus: Nicotine salt is used in snus instead of nicotine.

Read on to find out how nicotine salt compares to the nicotine from cigarettes.

How is Nicotine Salt Compared to the Nicotine from Cigarettes?

Nicotine salt contains more concentrated nicotine than nicotine from cigarettes. Nicotine salt is nicotine mixed with acid(s) in order to concentrate nicotine and make it more stable for usage. Smoking cigarettes and nicotine salt from vapes are both harmful activities. 

Read on to find out if nicotine salt is worse than cigarettes.

Is Nicotine Salt Worse Than Cigarettes?

No, nicotine salt is not worse than cigarettes. Consuming nicotine salt does not involve any burnt tobacco or smoke so in that way nicotine salt is healthier. But since nicotine salt makes consuming nicotine much more pleasant (no bad taste) then it is easier to overdose on nicotine salt than on smoking cigarettes.

Read on to find out how nicotine salt affects your body.

How does Nicotine Salt Affect Your Body?

Nicotine salt affects your body in the following ways:

  • Irritation to throat and lungs: Nicotine salt contains acid and that acid can harm your throat and lungs which leads to irritated throat and lungs.
  • Cardiovascular harm: Nicotine salts like normal nicotine raise your blood pressure and heart rate which lead to cardiovascular problems.
  • Respiratory issues: Nicotine salts like normal nicotine harm your respiratory system and cause different diseases.
  • Gastrointestinal issues: Nicotine salts like normal nicotine harm your stomach and intestines.

Read on to find out how much nicotine salt disposable vape contains.

How Much Nicotine Salt does Disposable Vapes Contain?

Disposable vapes contain generally 16 to 20 mg of nicotine salt.

Now that you know how much nicotine is in disposable vapes, read on to find out how much nicotine salt e-liquid bottles contain.

How Much Nicotine Salt do E-Liquid Bottles Contain?

E-liquid bottles contain a maximum of 20 mg of nicotine salts per ml due to the new TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) that became applicable in 2016 to the European Union countries. This level was set because in this concentration nicotine content is equal with vaping and smoking one cigarette.

Read on to find out how nicotine salt is allowed per consumer law.

How Much Nicotine Salt is Allowed per Consumer Law?

Consumer law does not regulate the content of nicotine salt. In the USA FDA (the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has full control over tobacco and nicotine containing products’ sale restrictions. Consumer protection law can cover the sale and advertising of goods, services, and consumer financial products like credit cards, auto loans, and mortgages. At the moment the FDA has not set a limit to nicotine salt content. There is an age restriction to tobacco and nicotine containing product sales- you need to be at least 21 years old to purchase tobacco or nicotine products.

Read on to find out if nicotine salt is illegal.

Is Nicotine Salt Illegal?

No, nicotine salt is not illegal. Vapes that nicotine salts are used for are illegal in some countries (Thailand, Australia and so on). Nicotine salt itself is a chemical substance that is not illegal, just some products where nicotine salts are used are illegal.