Nicotine and e-cigs; they really were made for each other. Nicotine, however has been the subject of great scrutiny as of late, and we thought it would be kinda nice to set the record straight. Smoking and nicotine are pretty synonymous with each other, however many are unaware that among all the negatives associated with smoking, nicotine is not included in the list.

So what is nicotine?

Nicotine is a stimulant. Like caffeine, nicotine triggers the release of chemical messengers in the brain, similarly to endorphins.

Many people consider nicotine to be a drug, and classify it in the same context as alcohol, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines, however when analyzed properly and scientifically, it has been shown to be totally different. Nicotine, unlike other substances considered recreational drugs, does not provide any type of mind-altering, intoxicating “high.” Nicotine is a naturally occurring substance, and while it is found commonly in tobacco, it is also found in the family of vegetables known as the Solanaceae, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant.

Nicotine has no effect, or impairment on judgement, motor skills or concentration. It is perfectly legal to drive and smoke cigarettes, is it not? In actuality, nicotine has shown to have benefits that include added concentration, improved fine motor skills, improved attention, and the ability to focus. So good are these benefits, they are being considered as possible treatment options for a wide range of illnesses, including attention deficit disorder (ADD), Parkinson’s Disease, Tourette’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s, sleep apnea, ulcerative colitis, obesity, and a variety of skin disorders. Pretty good side effects, no?

Additionally, nicotine has not been found to be a carcinogen. There is no getting around the fact that cigarettes contain countless carcinogenic properties, however nicotine is not part of that group.

So, if you ever find yourself doubting the nicotine in your vape pen, think again. If you prefer to lessen your intake, or switch 0% nicotine in your e-liquids at any time, go for it – more power to ya! Otherwise, vape on, in your happy cloud of nicotine-infused vapor!