The Ultimate Guide To Nicotine Salts: Everything You Need To Know

Nicotine salts have been the talk of the town lately. Having been found fairly recently, not a lot of us know about them. They are salt-based e-liquids that occur naturally in the leaves of tobacco. 

The term generally confuses the audience making them think that it must taste like the table salt that is NaCl or that it has to be in a powdered or crystal form. Let me clarify that right away. This is not the ordinary salt that we are talking about.

Are nicotine salts more harmful than smoking dried tobacco leaves? Which devices are they used in? Why are they prioritized over other e-juices? All this and much more is given in this article to give you a beginner’s guide regarding nicotine salts.

Where Do Nicotine Salts Come From?​

Nicotine salts are naturally occurring salts extracted from the leaves of the tobacco plant. In the tobacco plant, the nicotine creates a bond with particular acids to make a stable molecule. There is a wide amount of nicotine salts found depending on the type of acid with which they make the bond. The result is called nicotine salt.

Nicotine Salt Based E-liquids

A nicotine base combines with a weak acid to form an inhaling product called nicotine salts. They are then reacted with acids like pyruvic acid to aerosolize them.

Nic Salts are rapidly taking over the E-Liquids market. They are accepted to be stronger and sharper in taste than the other forms of e-juices. They tend to hit harder compared to the other forms of e -juices which make them the most desirable product these days.


In a relatively recent discovery, nic salts were first extracted and used by an American company called PAX in June, 2015. This is one of the reasons why there is, relatively, not enough research done regarding their use. However, one thing has become clear over the past 5 year: they help cigarette smokers quit easier than those who rely on traditional e-liquids.

Nic Salts vs Freebase

The first thing that comes in the mind right after getting to know a bit about Nicotine salts is if they are better than the free base liquids or standard nicotine. Here are a few simple facts:

  • Nicotine salts are slightly more expensive than a freebase. Since you consume less nic salts at a time because of its higher concentration it generally balances out the cost.
  • They have a faster absorption rate over freebase juices.
  • They are smoother to act as compared to a freebase, which is a bit harsher on the throat. The nicotine in e-liquids can be absorbed into the bloodstream making them more productive, unlike typical e-juices.
  • They have the potential of better flavor. Contrary to that freebase nicotine has more variety of flavors.
  • Nicotine salts are mostly used in mouth to lung devices whereas freebases are not specific and can be used in all devices.
  • Nicotine salts produce fewer vapors saving you from the embarrassment of huge vapour clouds in the middle of the street.
  • They are satisfying and fulfill one’s need to get a hit of the aroma right away whereas the free base has more variants
  • The effect of nicotine salts has been noticed to last longer. Comparatively, freebase juice is considered suitable for higher wattage devices.

So, the choice is yours because both forms of nicotine have their pros and cons making them unique in their ways. Ultimately it depends on the person himself and whether they prefer a better hit or more variety.

Nicotine Salt Friendly Devices​

Nicotine salts are specific for certain devices. They cannot be used in regular box vapes because they contain a higher concentration of nicotine in contrast to freebase juices. If inhaled through the high-powered mouth to lung device with a bigger tank it can make you feel unwell. Rather they are used in devices like pods that are smaller and consume low power.


Nic Salts are designed to be ingested in a limited quantity. This is because the salts have a highly concentrated amount of nicotine in them. In theory, chain vaping a nicotine salt could cause a nicotine overdose. However, in reality this would require vaping around two 10ml bottles within seconds.

Furthermore in the United Kingdom (and Europe) the Tobacco Products Directive has imposed a ban on the use of nicotine products containing concentrations more than 20 milligrams per millilitre.

Who Should Use Nicotine Salts

  • People who tried vaping but it did not work for them should try out devices that use nicotine salts.
  • Those who want to quit smoking cigarettes should consider the intake of nicotine salts. You can get higher levels of nicotine that rivals cigarette smoking.
  • Those who want to start vaping but they have no idea where to start. Nicotine salts are an excellent choice to go for


Nicotine salt compared to freebase nicotine is neither safer nor more harmful to use. It has a similar effect as the free base because the only difference between the two is the addition of benzoic acid. In practice, this means it gets absorbed into your bloodstream quicker than freebase nicotine.

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