Is Vaping Without Nicotine Addictive?

Posted by Pure E-Liquids on 13th Jun 2019

Woman new to vaping nicotine e-cigaretteVaping is one of the many ways you can kick your cigarette smoking habit. It’s estimated that 1.5 million people in the UK have completely stopped smoking as a result of vaping. That’s a pretty impressive number and doesn’t take into account those who are also cutting down.

But is vaping without nicotine addictive? The simple answer is: no.

It is the nicotine in the cigarettes which make them addictive. The more you smoke, the more nicotine you inhale.

With vaping, you can slowly reduce your nicotine intake without reducing the number of times you vape.You just need to select a lower level of nicotine in your vape juice to slowly wean yourself off.

What is nicotine?

Nicotine is the chemical found in tobacco. It was first introduced into Europe by Christopher Columbus in the 15th century and people have been smoking tobacco ever since.

It works by mimicking another chemical that occurs naturally in the brain and activates its ‘pleasure centre’.

Eventually, the brain becomes dependent upon the nicotine to work properly as it is less sensitive to the chemical it produces naturally.

Addiction vs habit

It is this physical need for the nicotine that makes it an addiction. When you vape without nicotine, you might develop a habit but there are no ingredients in the vape juice that has an addictive quality.

Habits are something we develop over time. If we smoke cigarettes, we have to beat our addiction to the nicotine as well as break our habit of smoking at the same time.

Imagine you’re meeting some friends for a drink. Usually, you would step outside, cigarette in hand after you’ve finished your drink. You’re used to taking those regular breaks, having something to fiddle with in your fingers, and going through the motion of smoking.

When you stop smoking, you have to take away all of those little routines that you do while you’re out. And those rituals of smoking are part of what makes it more difficult to stop.

When we reduce our nicotine intake by lowering the amount in our vape juices, we are breaking our addiction to nicotine. We can still keep our habit through vaping.

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Nicotine-free vape juice

Nicotine-free vape juice does not contain the addictive chemical and therefore the most you can do is form a habit. Your body is not going to need it for survival as it would with an addiction.

If you are joining one of the 1.5 million who have quit smoking through vaping, then make sure you reduce your nicotine levels slowly to avoid side effects such as headaches, mood swings, restlessness, and anxiety.


Not only will you have kicked (or avoided) an addiction through nicotine-free vape juices, you will also have a wide choice of flavours for your vaping needs. Just select 0% strength when you order.

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You can still socially vape rather than sitting inside being on bag-watch, and you can perfect your vape tricks. Get the hang of the perfect o-ring without needing to take a break from the nicotine hit.