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How Much Nicotine In A Marlboro

November 13, 2018

what is the amount of mg of nicotine in marlboro cigarettes

How much nicotine is in a Marlboro? The answer depend. The answer is also kind of irrelevant. I know, that doesn't make sense! Let me quickly explain before giving you more details. First, the average cigarette has about 12 mg of nicotine. Second, no matter the amount of mg of nicotine in a Marlboro a smoker will absorb about 1 mg of nicotine per cigarette smoked. There's your answer!

  • There are 8 to 12 mg of nicotine in Marlboro cigarettes.

To be clear, the amount of nicotine in a Marlboro matches up to the nicotine in other brands of cigarettes. Now, the intensity of the puff on a Marlboro Red vs. a Marlboro Silver is a lot different. The Red is very strong while the Silver is lighter. But a number of things happen when tobacco is set on fire. The process of combustion unleashes an unholy chain reaction of violent chemical reactions which is both destructive and produces toxins. Including cancer causing carcinogens.

In the process of combustion, some of the nicotine is destroyed. Although there is more nicotine in the smoke from a Marlboro Red vs. a Silver the gap is not equivalent to the amount of nicotine in a Marlboro Red or Silver. There is a reason for a consistency in absorption rates.


The amount of nicotine absorbed per cigarette smoke is generally consistent despite the specific amount of nicotine in the cigarette being smoked. If the cigarette smoked has 8 mg of nicotine or 12 mg of nicotine, the smoker will absorb about 1 mg per cigarette. Why does this happen? Dr. Konstantin Farasolinos conducted a major study on nicotine absorption and found an answer.

Dr. Farasolinos found that smokers using lower nicotine cigarettes would unconsciously take more frequent and deeper puffs in order to satisfy nicotine cravings. This behavior led to a consistent absorption which researchers verified by measuring nicotine levels in the subject's bloodstream.

Interestingly, the same study found the same pattern with vape juice with nicotine. Vapers also take more frequent and deeper puffs to quell nicotine cravings.

Many smokers choose a cigarette based on the intensity of the hit. That applies to vaping as well. Ultimately, this is something that people should be consciously aware of when trying to reduce nicotine consumption.

How Much Nicotine Is In A Marlboro?

The amount of mg in a Marlboro Red cigarette is in the range of 18 mg. The mg of nicotine in a Marlboro Silver, or light, is in the range of 12 mg. Now, hoe many mg are in the smoke:

  • Marlboro Red - 1.2 mg
  • Marlboro Silver - 0.08 mg

Of course it is not the nicotine in a Marlboro that presents the greatest health risk. The FDA has determined that nicotine is addictive, but it is the byproducts of combustion that are dangerous and toxic.

Nicotine In Vape Juice

Choosing the right nicotine level for vaping varies for adult tobacco consumers. The amount of nicotine generally relates to accustomed tobacco use. Common e-juice nicotine levels are 3 mg and 6 mg for VG vape juice. And 35 mg to 50 mg for nicotine salt vape juice.

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