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Nicotine Salts - Why Are They So Popular

What are nicotine salts ? 

In a nutshell, nicotine salts are the natural salts found in the tobacco leaf and provide users with a smoother vaping experience, as opposed to the harsh throat hit from the standard nicotine used in e-liquids. Nicotine salts absorb quicker into the blood stream and allow users to benefit from a quick nicotine rush, similar to that of a cigarette. 

Why are nicotine salts so popular ? 

  • Nicotine salts absorb into the blood stream quicker and the effect is felt within a few seconds 
  • Nicotine salts are smoother and eliminate the harsh throat hit that is caused by freebase nicotine. 
  • The nicotine hit from nicotine salts is similar to the nicotine hit from cigarettes which makes it easier for starters to give up smoking. 
  • Nicotine salts affect the overall flavour of e-liquids less than freebase nicotine. 

What's the difference between freebase nicotine and nicotine salts 

Freebase nicotine is the standard nicotine that has been used in TPD compliant e-liquids and nicotine shots. Freebase nicotine is alkaline based where as nicotine salts are formed in the presence of acid and extracted directly from the tobacco leaf. Its the alkaline which gives you the harsher throat hit from freebase nicotine, whereas benzonic acid has the opposite effect. The lower PH levels in nicotine salts ultimately gives you a smoother vape. 

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