Nicotine is an addictive drug that can harm your brain and body.
We did the maths and found that a 6000 puff vape can contain the same amount of nicotine as about 3 packs of cigarettes.
See how the nicotine in each vape size compares to cigarettes.
Vapes are designed so that the nicotine is easy to inhale. The flavours and nicotine salts make taking a hit feel less harsh than smoking a cigarette. This makes it easier to take more hits in a short time and absorb more nicotine into your lungs and blood in one session than you would if you were smoking cigarettes.
Most vapes contain nicotine - even ones that say they don’t. It can even change your brain chemistry, especially if you’re under the age of 25.
Here’s what research tells us nicotine can do to your brain:
After your first hit, nicotine enters your bloodstream and sends dopamine (pleasure chemical) to your brain, making you feel good.
These feelings only stick around for a short time. As the nicotine breaks down in your body, you start to crave another hit.
When this happens, you might feel grumpy, restless, anxious, have trouble sleeping or problems concentrating. These are just some of the signs of nicotine withdrawal.
The more you vape = the more nicotine your body craves for:
Then the cycle begins again.
Vape check! Take this quick quiz to see how vapes affect you, and what you can do about it.
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Nicotine’s impact on your brain
Vicious cycle of vapes