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The Nicotine in Question Received Ideas and Protocols

The Nicotine in Question Received Ideas and Protocols

What’s more annoying than vape-smokers? Isn’t it infuriating to see loved ones return to cigarettes, even occasionally, when you have spent time advising them on how to start their transition to vape?

Typically, when this happens, our reaction is to say, “up your nicotine dose.” Classic argument.

Find your vape

The book “Today I quit – My vapor therapy” by Stephanie and Franck Castel (ed. Vape-expert) has a lot of questions about this argument, which may be a little too simplistic.

Franck Castel is a researcher, and Stephanie Castel is a vaper and trader. His job is to sell TPD vape, but not only. The book is quite explicit about the difficulty of “finding your vape” and being in perfect harmony with the “nicotine level” of vapers. She often listens to her clients and mixes the liquids to find the correct rate. It’s a lot of work that leads me to think that advising a smoker on the issue of nicotine is anything but simple.

Protocol or not

Concretely, there are not 36 methods to find your nicotine level. Generally, we, ex-smokers, or future vapers, go through the eternal Fagerstrom test. This test, found on many vape sites, is a test to measure your rate of nicotine addiction and is based on a few questions. An almost universal test.

When you start, you are first asked how many cigarettes you smoke per day. This seems logical but a little too simplistic.

Indeed, if I listen to my loved ones, I observe that their resumption of cigarette smoking is linked to a difficult moment in their life and a consequent period of stress. Nicotine has nothing to do with it. What happens to our Fagerstrom test in this story?

Fagerstrom’s test

Before firing red balls on this test, we must take a slight interest in its history.

The Fagerstrom test was first described in 1978 by Fagerstrom as the tolerance questionnaire and consisted of eight questions. It was subsequently modified (removal of two questions and modifications of two others) and renamed the nicotine dependence test in 1991 by Heatherton. In 2012, it was renamed the cigarette addiction test by Fagerstrom without the questionnaire being modified.

This is what Wikipedia tells us. If the name of this test changed in 1991 and the word nicotine was added to it, it is simply because the pharmaceutical industry quickly took over the Fagerstrom test (which had some acquaintances with labs). An actual kidnapping consented to better sell all the miracle nicotine products from our pharmacies. Eraser, patch, etc. We know that the actual effectiveness of these products is worthy of a placebo.

Nicotine questioned

And if our friend Fagerstrom changed the name of his test again in 2012 to “Cigarette Addiction Test,” it is because Fagerstrom knew, at that time, that it was not nicotine the only one responsible for smoking. But there, no one takes hold of this revolutionary observation. The labs no longer follow him. Here then.

But why does Fagerstrom change his tune in this way?

In 2012 Professor Molimard, an eminent tobacco specialist, published his rant “The myth of nicotine addiction.” A real slap in the face for the scientific world. I summarize. Cigarette addiction cannot be explained by nicotine consumption alone. Many other factors must be associated with it. Nicotine affects blood sugar, stimulation, and also relaxation. Alone, it does not create addiction. In short, the world is upside down.

It is more difficult to do without cigarettes than to do without nicotine.

And that’s not all. Other studies also question diabolical nicotine. For the researcher Jean-Pol Tassin, it is the additives (MAOI) added to cigarettes that, associated with nicotine, are responsible for addiction. These long-named additives reinforce the secretion of dopamine (the reward hormone our brain loves), which nicotine naturally does without becoming addictive.

Therefore, it is more difficult to do without cigarettes than without nicotine.

What is certain is that most research on nicotine addiction is, in one way or another, funded by pharmaceutical companies. If we are not making progress on this research, it is because it benefits a few lobbies.

Vade Retro Nicotine!

We now understand why nicotine has been ingrained in people’s minds for decades as an absolute evil. By dint of brainwashing and over time, we were smoky. And we can read nonsense in serious newspapers about, for example, the lethal dose of nicotine on the body. The lethal dose of nicotine for an adult is not 30 to 60 mg of nicotine ingested but 500 to 1000 mg. “Nicotine? It’s the devil! I know it. I read it on the internet”.

Let’s play it down a bit

With all this, we are not ready to have a square protocol worthy of the name for our apprentice vapers. American researchers are currently trying to write a mathematical model “to predict the delivery of nicotine.” Very quickly, they were confronted with the following observation: From one vaper to another, the concentration of inhaled nicotine can vary depending on the liquid, the material, and also the behavior of the vaper. Yes, because as a bonus, one vaper does not do the other. One will have deep, long breaths. The other will “chain-vape” like a little train on the hill.

With all this, what do I do with my vapor-smokers?

If nicotine, isolated, alone, is hardly more toxic than caffeine (caffeine is toxic in high doses), then we will first play down the debate.

After all, what the vaper seeks above all is the “hit”? I’m talking about the sensation in the throat, not the smoker’s nicotine level, which can be reached by vaping for several minutes. The nicotine level plays its role here. Vaping in 18mg of nicotine has nothing to do with vaping in 3mg; take the test yourself, former vapers who have reduced their nicotine levels. It scratches your throat!

A few thoughts along the way

But this hit can also be had by choosing liquids with a high propylene glycol content and by playing on the voltage of the e-cig. This explains the success of mods and variable voltage batteries. One can easily find the feeling of being hit with this material.

You can also let go of the sweet flavors. And that the tobacco companies understood it well by adding sweet additives to their cigarettes. The sweet reinforces the secretion of dopamine and the feeling of reward dear to Pavlov’s dog. Perhaps this is why the sweet flavors of e-liquids are so popular with vapers?

Who knows.

The vape? A real job!

While waiting for a real test, I’m sure that cigarette addiction cannot be reduced to a question of nicotine, dopamine, or, I don’t know, which molecule. Psychosocial factors also create addiction. Stress, social codes, etc. And behavioral factors. The repeated gestures are associated with smoking, making proposing a reliable protocol even more difficult. I will even abandon the idea as the number of dependent variables is essential.

First, I will suggest, for lack of anything better, carefully choosing the material and the liquid that meets this need for a “hit” in the throat. Then, do not hesitate to vape and vape again when the need for cigarettes arises. Identify these moments to understand their meaning and respond to them by adjusting material and liquid. More power? A more nicotine liquid?

This is where everyone’s experience, vapers, and professionals, will count to answer this thorny question. If the in situ experience is essential, it is in the physical shops that the smoker can do all the tests necessary for a good passage to the vape.

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