How Much Nicotine Is In A Cigarette? A Simple Guide (+ Tips on Quitting)

By Drake Equation •  Updated: 04/16/18 •  4 min read

How Much Nicotine In Cigarette? A quick summary of nicotine, how much of it is contained inside a cigarette, and why what you know about nicotine is probably WRONG!


Despite the risks associated with smoking, millions of people around the world continue to smoke.

Although many try to quit, researchers from all over the world show that these attempts regularly fail.

Many smokers affirm that a great desire for a cigarette overcomes their willingness to quit and, succumbing to the need, they go back to smoking.

What is the secret ingredient of cigarettes?

What is causing that irresistible desire?

The answer: nicotine.

What is Nicotine? And How Much Nicotine Is In A Cigarette?

The effects of nicotine in human beings depend on the dose, being able to behave as a stimulant or as a blocking agent of ganglionic nerve transmission.

As a stimulant, it produces an increase in attention, improves memory and decreases irritability

As with other drugs, when a person smokes, nicotine builds up in the body and, over time, the smoker begins to manifest a need for it.

This is why habitual smokers tend to keep the blood levels of nicotine relatively constant; when these levels decrease the smoker feels the need to smoke.

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If it does not satisfy it, it can develop states of irritability, nervousness, lack of concentration, etc.

Normally these effects cease after returning to smoking

On average, a cigarette contains about 10mg of nicotine.

So a person who smokes a full pack (20) a day has much more nicotine in his system than one who smokes only five cigarettes.

In other words, the more you smoke and the more often you do it, the more nicotine will accumulate in your body.

Nicotine Effects – How Bad Is It For You?

Well, that just isn’t true, while nicotine is an incredibly addictive substance, it is not a super-deadly poison that most people believe.

In 2014, Dr Bernd Mayer published a study which showed how the dose if nicotine required to kill a person is about ten times what health authorities have established for decades.

As with most substances, the excess of nicotine will affect your body in negative ways, but the studies that condemned nicotine as one of the most toxic out there where from the 19th century and their data collection methods had many flaws.

Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms – What To Expect (And How To Quit Properly)

Nicotine is not the only component of a cigarette; in fact, a cigarette will only introduce about 1mg of nicotine into your system.

But the combustion that takes place when you light up a cigarette creates about 7000 toxic substances of which at least 100 are carcinogenic.

So nicotine may not be killing you, but your cigarettes certainly are.

So what can you do to stop smoking from killing you?

Most people will tell you just to stop smoking, but we know that quitting cold turkey is a challenge almost impossible to beat.

As your body keeps carving for that nicotine. We recommend you quit using a vaping device – just like Public Health England.

Smoking vs Vaping is a no-brainer; vaping is 95% safer.

Vapers are an excellent tool for smokers to quit the habit.

There are a variety of E-Juices that contain nicotine in various doses, they also come in a variety of flavors and aromas, so there are no disgusting smells.

And you don’t have to worry about those toxic substances because since there is no combustion, the vapor a vaping device produces is entirely free of toxic and carcinogenic substances.

It is a cheaper habit than smoking cigarettes, as you will be saving approximately 40% of what you spend on cigarettes when you switch to vape kit.

Drake Equation

Co-founder and Editor of VapeBeat. I make the words.
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