A few years ago (before nic salt e liquid was invented) I nearly quit vaping and went back to smoking. The harsh throat hits I was getting from my regular vape juice were unbearable. I’d only just made the switch to vaping, and already I was finding it way too rough on my throat. 

The constant throat burn, the hiccups, and coughing I got every time I vaped – I’d had enough of the harshness. To my disappointment, vaping just wasn’t as smooth as smoking.


Nic salts to the rescue

Luckily for me, nic salt juice (a smoother nicotine formulation) came out just as I was about to ditch the vapes for good. If it hadn’t, I’m fairly sure I would have fallen back into the clutches of the evil roll-up tobacco monster, once again.

Does nic salt juice make vaping less harsh for smokers?

Nic salt is noticeably smoother than regular vape juice for smokers coming into vaping. Or maybe, the action of nic salt vapour on the throat is just closer to the sensation of inhaling real cigarette smoke.

But how many new vapers – and smokers – out there have still even heard of nic salt liquids? I spent nearly two years trying to get my local vape store to acknowledge that nic salts even existed!

Smokers and quitters who have given up vaping just because of rough-tasting vape juice should probably give nic salt juice a shot. Believe me, it does work – and I’m speaking here from (bitter) personal experience.

What is nic salt vape juice (and why is it smoother)?


Nic Salt juice is a relatively new formulation. Yes, it’s the same old nicotine liquid as before. But with a twist.

What’s different is that salt e liquid undergoes a simple chemical process to make it less alkaline. This produces a vapour with a smoother, stronger throat hit that tastes and feels more like smoking.

This means more satisfaction for users. And this is especially true for quitters and ex-heavy smokers, who crave nicotine the most.

More control over vape juice smoothness

Salt nic e liquids give you more control over nicotine strength and throat hit in your vape.

The problem with regular vape juice is that you can never make it strong enough to satisfy. You try to ramp up your nicotine levels (or power) for a stronger vape, but you just end up with a vape juice that is harsh on your throat.

How does nic salt juice solve this problem? By giving you a stronger vape to satisfy cravings, but with a smoother throat hit and fewer side effects.

Balancing strength and smoothness in your vape

When using nic salts juice in your tank, bear in mind you may need to lift your usual nicotine levels a bit to get a noticeable effect, especially if you’re using a mouth-to-lung (MTL) vape device.

For me, 10mg works just fine with regular juices, but I’m now finding I need a little more nicotine kick when I’m using salt juice in my tank. That’s why nowadays I go for 12mg or even 14mg salt liquid strength to give me a bit more lift. This makes for a less harsh vape and a smoother juice all round.

While you can expect impressive results above 12mg with salts, anything below that may be too subtle for some to notice.

If you’re comfortable with DIY e liquid mixing, I would recommend buying higher strength nic salts (18mg is fine). This will give heavier smokers enough throat hit, while keeping vape juice smooth and free of harsh hits.

Is your nic salt still too harsh?

However, if your nic salt juice is still too harsh on your throat, there are a couple of simple things you can do to make your vape smoother.

Firstly, you can try diluting your salts down to 12mg or so with a little VG (vegetable glycerine) and a few drops of water or PG liquid. This should also make the mixture a little thicker, which should in turn give you a softer inhale.

Secondly, you can try vaping your nic salt juice with a slightly higher resistance coil. For example, if you’re using a 1.0 ohm coil right now and you’re still getting harsh hits, try moving down to a 0.8 ohm coil without raising the voltage. Your salt juice vapour should then be a little cooler and softer.

This should give you a nice, smooth, noticeable throat hit, a nice buzz, and no harshness on the throat.

Suggested nic salts set-up

To keep flavours bright and knock out harsh hits altogether I always vape salt juice in an MTL device on low power. For me, this around 9-12 watts, at 12mg strength, with a very low-resistance coil (usually 1.0 or 1.2 ohms max) in place.

Nic salt head rush 

Head rush is an inevitable part of the nic salts juice vaping experience, no matter how smooth your vape is. Head rush is the dizzy, mild spinning sensation that you sometimes get when you smoke a cigarette.

Because nic salt vape juice is so smooth, it’s very easy to overdo it without knowing it. Head rush is what happens if your nic levels are too high. So when vaping salt e liquid, don’t just think about keeping harshness down, keep an eye on head rush too!

Nic salts vs smoking – smoother juice, less harshness

The softer, less harsh vapour and buzz that nic salts vape juice provides makes vaping a lot more like smoking for smokers.

In my opinion, nic salt juice should definitely be the first choice of vape juice for those quitting smoking and making the switch to vaping.


One definite benefit of using salts shots or juice premixes is that they are a LOT easier to vape than regular e liquids.

Smokers and new vapers often give up vaping within a few days,  just because their vape juice is too harsh. Salts, on the other hand, can give you a noticeable and satisfying nicotine hit. You’ll also get far fewer of the other effects such as harshness on the throat.

This means a smoother and richer-tasting vape, that’s much more like a real cigarette throat hit. You may also get a mild head-rush, which also mirrors the experience of real smoking.

Of course, vaping salt juice won’t give you 100% of the smoking experience. But with the right device and set-up it will get you a lot closer to the feel of smoking.

Tobacco nic salts for smokers for a smoother vape

Nic salts-based liquids are now widely available in real tobacco flavours. These are often designed with recent ex-smokers and quitters in mind.

This means smokers now have even more choice when trying to make the switch from cigarettes to vaping.

If you’re a smoker struggling with tobacco flavoured e liquids that just don’t taste like tobacco, I suggest you give these tobacco nic salt e liquids a shot.

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