Vaping: Can You Develop a Nicotine Addiction?

By Alyssa Strong


“If policy makers reject the scientific truth about nicotine and make e-cigarettes more scarce, then the likely result is that more Americans will die from smoking.” – Forbes


When you think of nicotine, tobacco cigarettes are most likely the first thing that come to mind. This is where the stigma of nicotine addiction stems from. It has become a popular belief that smokers are addicted to traditional cigarettes because of the use of nicotine. That is not the case, whatsoever. You are going to have the opportunity to read about nicotine and the actual side effects of using it within this article.

In a clinical trial, Dr. Paul Newhouse, Professor and Director at Vanderbilt University, treated never-smokers for cognitive problems such as: depression, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s, in which nobody became addicted or started smoking. This is even despite wearing high dosage nicotine patches for a period of six months at a time. So not only did the never-smokers not develop a dependency on the nicotine, but the severity of their original symptoms regressed.

Instead of speaking on topics such as the clinical trial stated above, propaganda continues to paint an ugly picture of nicotine as something it’s not. The view on nicotine has been so distorted by this that in a survey of British and Swedish doctors, 44% of the doctors stated that they believed nicotine is associated with cancer. This is ultimately considered medical negligence as incorrect information is being offered to patients in regards to nicotine.

Another factor to look at is that there are nicotine patches as well as gum being offered to smokers as an aid to quitting cigarettes. If nicotine is addictive as stated by so many, why aren’t advocates going against the patch and gum? Also, why aren’t we seeing smokers covered in nicotine patches to get their fix? It is simple. You don’t see this because it is in fact not an actual issue to be concerned about.

Now, for the main factor: nicotine found in traditional cigarettes. “It’s the addictive chemical used in cigarettes to keep a smoker buying!” Well, actually, did you know this is actually not a fact? Due to the fact that nicotine, by itself, has been found to not be addictive, there is no real evidence to show that nicotine is the primary or even the runner-up for addictive chemicals in cigarettes. You can find over 4000 chemicals within a traditional cigarette. It is pretty easy to see that with such a large amount of chemicals being used, there is most likely more than one at fault for the issue behind smoking cigarettes. Whether it is one chemical or the combination of the chemicals together, we do not know at this time. We do know, however, that nicotine solely is not the issue.

We are blaming a very crucial health concern on a stimulant, just like caffeine, that plays no role in the matter. This is due to many issues, but mostly it is from a lack of study and media. You see an ad on television or elsewhere telling you nicotine is addictive and that is generally what you are going to agree with. Then, you are most likely to share that information. Granted, we are far past that stage, but I imagine that is how it began. However, because of this misinformation that has been around for quite some time, it continues to get passed down and no one pays attention to the new studies being done (which you won’t see the media talking about). The result? Nothing changes.

It is obvious that more needs to be done about this, but for now, it is up to you to do your own research on the issue so that you may find the truth. Don’t take another person’s word on something of such high importance; that is how this all began.

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Thank you for reading and happy vaping!




3 responses to “Vaping: Can You Develop a Nicotine Addiction?

  1. Yes, you can be addicted to nicotine from vaping. The Forbes article ( ) that this article quotes sums it up pretty nicely and explains why gum and patches are not really a concern.

    “Many e-cigarettes deliver less nicotine per puff and generally produce lower blood nicotine levels (and, thus, brain levels) than cigarettes do. However, with access to increasingly sophisticated devices and more experience as a vaper, the user can attain a blood level of nicotine that is comparable to that produced by smoking. Still, it takes longer for vaped nicotine to reach its peak level than for tobacco-burned nicotine.

    These two variables – how high the level of nicotine is in the bloodstream and how fast that level is achieved — are important in determining the addictiveness of any abused drug. As expected, Foulds’s team found that subjects who used weak “ciga-likes” (first generation e-cigarettes that physically resemble actual cigarettes) had among the lowest scores on a test of “dependency,” or addiction. Also, the length of time as a vaper was positively correlated with the strength of dependence. As Foulds suggests, “we might actually need e-cigarettes that are better at delivering nicotine because that’s what’s more likely to help people quit.”

    The better the vaping technology gets, the better it delivers nicotine and the more likely you will be dependent on nicotine. That said, it is also more likely that you will be able to quit smoking.

    Speaking from personal experience, you can be addicted to nicotine. I was very dependent and probably had blood nicotine levels similar to a smoker as I needed to vape about every hour to 45 to not go into withdrawal. This was not feasible given my work and I quit. Quitting was difficult. Probably as difficult as quitting smoking.

    That said, I think that the demonizing vaping based on the addictiveness of nicotine is dumb. I think vaping is better heath wise compared to smoking and should be supported rather than rejected by the government. I just have a problem with articles that are like “nicotine isn’t addictive”. If you are sub-ohm vaping, you can get decent nicotine delivery.


    • I’m only speaking from my 4+ years of vaping experience—including two years spent working for an online/B&M vape shop and 3+ years using 3rd gen devices—but I will immediately agree with the author that nicotine is minimally addictive, if it can even be called addicting at all.

      For example, if I left my pack of cigarettes at home while I was still smoking, it wouldn’t have mattered where I was or how late I was going to be, I was turning around as soon as I noticed it was missing. If I leave my vape at home, I just shrug and let it chill—I don’t even bother to borrow one of the countless vapes at my worplace, because it’s simply an afterthought, not the demanding urge it used to be. And because I’m using the high performance devices that I do, it’s unlikely that such a reduction in dependence is rooted in a reduction in dosage. My best guess is BT isn’t adding 4000+ chemicals to their tobacco because it’s more cost-efficient, and definitely not because they reduce risk.


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