How much nicotine?

Cigarettes and other nicotine products vary widely in how much nicotine they contain. Below is a rough guide to the total amount found in some common products. It’s also important to note that the amount of nicotine in a product can be different from how much a person absorbs from normal use. A person will typically absorb 1-2 milligrams from smoking a cigarette, while nicotine replacement products (gum, patches, nasal sprays, etc.) are usually designed to deliver 1-4 mg per hour.

Cigarette: Up to 30 mg, but usually much less than that

Nasal spray/inhaler cartridge/oral liquid: Up to 10 mg per bottle

Patch: Up to 21 mg per patch

Electronic cigarette: Up to 24 mg per e-cigaratte or e-cigarette refill cartridge

E-cigarette liquid: Up to 240 mg per bottle

An electronic cigarette

An electronic cigarette con contain up to 24 mg of nicotine.

For information on the effects of nicotine, see our nicotine page.

For information on electronic cigarettes, and how they can be harmful to children, see our corresponding blog post.

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