Nicotine Salts – What’s the Difference?

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Nobody can deny that the vaping industry is in constant development.  As its success is based on innovation we are regularly witnessing new products and ingredients being introduced to the market. The new ingredient which is taking the vaping world by storm is Nicotine Salts. But what has made Nicotine Salts the newest buzz of the vaping market? 

Essentially we know that people who vape started it as an alternative or in order to give up smoking altogether. From all the nicotine derivatives found in cigarettes, Freebase nicotine was the only type of nicotine used in vaping industry. However, Nicotine Salts are now believed to be the most effective in helping smokers to quit cigarette smoking, due to higher nicotine content they contain.

Before describing what Nicotine Salts are and how they are changing vaping experience, let’s differentiate between the Freebase nicotine and Nicotine Salts. As surprising as it might be, tobacco leaves contain only nicotine salts, and no pure Freebase nicotine.

Freebase Nicotine

Freebase nicotine has been around since the 1960’s when the tobacco manufacturing companies wanted to make stronger and more addictive cigarettes. It was Philip Morris that first came up with the idea of turning the nicotine found in tobacco leaves into Freebase, meaning converting nicotine into its pure form. Through chemical processes, the nicotine found in tobacco leaves was turned into a Freebase, making the cigarettes stronger and more addictive but without increasing the dose.

Ever since, Freebase nicotine had been the only type of nicotine found in e-liquids but also in other nicotine replacement products such as patches and gums.

 Although people have found it satisfying and enjoyable, Freebase nicotine has its downsides too.  Increasing the nicotine levels means a harsher throat hit, thus making vaping an unpleasant experience, especially to the new vapers who want to get the same high dose of nicotine from vaping as they previously did from the cigarettes.

Nicotine Salts would enable vapers to get the same feeling as smoking a real cigarette, simply without the harsh throat hits.

Nicotine Salts

As it was mentioned before, in its natural state, Nicotine Salts are found in tobacco leaves. However, due to the chemical composition, Nicotine Salts are stable and not as volatile as the Freebase and hence need higher temperatures to vaporize. As a result nicotine components found in salts do not reach the body receptors as easy as freebase ones, in other words they are not an efficient way to deliver the nicotine to the human body. One might very well ask, what is this entire buzz about them?



Advantages of Nicotine Salts

Scientists have come up with ways of adding acids to Nicotine Salts chemical components in order to lower their pH levels, making them bioavailable for the human body. Besides making them easily absorbable, you can vape higher nicotine concentrations but without the intense harsh throat hit. This can be a bit confusing but here is an example to understand it better. When you vape traditional Freebase nicotine, most people wouldn’t opt for juices containing high nicotine levels, as the hit would be insanely harsh.  But with Nicotine Salts, most people are more comfortable to do so because they provide a smoother hit and the feeling you get is the same as smoking a cigarette.

The main advantage of Nicotine Salts is that they totally change the vaping experience. Due to their properties Nicotine salts provide greater satisfaction and a smoother throat hit.  Vapers, especially the new ones, have found it difficult to switch from smoking cigarette to vaping because they don’t usually get the same nicotine satisfaction from the Freebase liquid vapes. In order to get the nicotine spikes in your body, vapers had to choose for freebase nicotine vape liquids with higher nicotine concentration, which not only was harsh to the throat but it also affected the flavour. With the progress on Nicotine Salts research and their popularization, the chemical processes they undergo are minor, leading to a rich, enjoyable, and pleasant vaping experience. This is also helpful to those who want to quit smoking because the Nicotine Salt vaping liquids provide the same feeling as smoking a cigarette.

The second problem faced by vapers, was that conventional e-liquids were too harsh to the throat, and to a certain extent, the reason is that they contain Freebase nicotine.  However, Nicotine Salts solve this problem providing smooth throat hits and bigger nicotine intake. Nicotine salts allow you to vape more nicotine concentrations but without the harsh throat hit. It has been proven that the spike you will experience while vaping Nicotine Salts is the same as smoking a cigarette because it will enter your blood stream and it will be absorbed by your body at a similar rate as the nicotine from the cigarettes. In addition, compared to traditional vape juices Nicotine Salts will smoothen the transition to vaping because you would not be missing the effects you get from cigarettes.

Another reason for using Nicotine Salts would be the fact that they are designed to be vaporized in lower temperatures being perfect for use in smaller devices. Nicotine Salts will help you to satisfy your yearning for nicotine but in smaller and more intense doses.


To sum it up, Nicotine Salts are certainly the most effective type of nicotine to help smokers give up smoking. They are also made for a certain target group – new vapers – to smoothen their transition into vaping. The addition of this new type of vaping liquid into the market allows the consumers to have a further range of choice when it comes to their own personal vaping experience.