18mg is the best choice. A few puffs every hour and you're good. Your body won't crave more.
Well, 18mg may be the best choice for you. But that doesn't mean it's the best choice for everyone. We're all individuals (unless you're a Siamese twin
) and as such, we all have our own approach to vaping. It's not really possible to correlate your analog preference (strength) and smoking habits with your ejuice strength and vaping habits. Some of us vape more than we smoked, and some of us smoked more than we vape, and some of us choose to both smoke and vape. When you first start vaping it's a bit of a steep learning curve. There's a lot to learn about the PV and how to properly use it to prevent flooding and dry hits, and too, you've got to find some flavors you like (or at least can live with) and a nic strength that suits your needs based on your vaping style and nic tolerance. For the former you'll find plenty of help here on the forum. For the latter you pretty much on your own. While general advice and guidelines can be given, there's really only one person that can help you with finding flavors and the best nic strength.... you! You've got to try some different flavors to find what suits (I can tell you about the flavors I love, but you may hate them), and you've got to listen to your body to find the eliquid strength that suits your vaping style. Some vape more often, some vape less. Some take huge hits and hold it in longer, other's just take little girlie vapes (
I smoked 1.5-2 packs a day of ultra-lights. I get all my nic now from vaping because I've found I just like vaping better than smoking (it's a choice I've made for my own enjoyment, and for no other reason
). So, I've gone from 1.5-2 packs of analog ultra-lights to chain vaping. I chain vape because I like it. I start the day with 18-20mg juice for that first-thing-in-the-morning nic kick. I vape 4-8mg most of the day. And at night I sometimes vape 0 nic juice. Just listen to what your body's telling you and adjust accordingly. If you're experiencing signs of nic overload (hic cups, headache, etc) either reduce the nic content of you juice if you want to keep on vaping, or vape less often. If you're experiencing nic cravings either increase the strength of your juice or vape more. You'll quickly sort out a nic level in your juice that works for your style of vaping. The sad fact is that no one can tell you the best eliquid strength for you, or predict what strength of eliquid might best suit you based on the parameters of your "other" habit.