Tobacco e liquids are often the first port of call for former smokers who have recently quit and are new to vaping.
This is because they give you the best of both worlds. They’re less harmful than cigarettes, yet they still give you the same ‘throat hit’ as you get from inhaling tobacco.
When you purchase a tobacco e liquid, you typically have two options:
As with everything, it’s entirely down to personal preference.
We’ll make your decision easier by giving you a complete rundown of the best tobacco e liquids available right now.
This list contains everything you need to know to make the right decision based on your needs.
Before we get into the list, below is a brief explanation of e liquid if you’re a vaping newbie. However, if you’re au fait with how it all works and just want to read our picks, you can navigate down the page.
For those who are pretty new to vaping, e liquid is the fluid that’s inserted into the tank of an e cigarette (or vape pen) to create the vapour that you inhale as part of the vaping process. It’s also known as ‘e juice’ or vape liquid and it’s heated up and turned into a smooth vapour through the battery of your vape pen.
Tobacco e liquids are fluids that are often produced without tobacco leaves – in other words, they contain no actual tobacco – and without smoke. However, e liquid makers use a variety of flavourings and ingredients to replicate the taste of tobacco.
E liquids typically contain nicotine, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and food-grade flavourings. We explain what PG and VG are later in the article if you’re not familiar with these terms.
Generally speaking, people who have just quit smoking will go for the safe option, which tends to be e liquids with a high PG concentration. They want an e liquid that matches the experience of smoking a cigarette as closely as possible.
After you’ve tried a few classic tobacco e liquids, though, you may want to explore some of the higher VG products. Mouth-to-lung kits are a good option if you go down this route – they offer virtually the same experience as drawing from a cigarette (i.e., drawing vapour into the mouth, followed by the lungs) and often contain a 50% VG concentration.
It all depends on what kind of experience you want. But whichever form of tobacco e liquid you choose, the one overriding similarity between them is that they’ve been meticulously created by some of the world’s best chemists – and the results are extraordinary, as you’ll discover further down.
£2.49 (we sell from £1.69*)
0mg (nicotine-free), 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg
“I won’t use anything else. I have always used tobacco flavoured liquids and tried so many over the years, but none of them tasted authentic. Then I came across this e liquid from Hangsen. There’s always a consistent flavour, it doesn’t clog up my coils as some do, and it’s available at a great price!”
This is our best-selling product at the time of writing – and with good reason. The Golden VGA e liquid delivers a smooth vape and contains notes of sugary sweetness that will keep you coming back for more.
Created by Hangsen’s award-winning flavourist, it’s been formulated from the highest quality of food and pharmaceutical grade ingredients. These ingredients create an authentic tobacco taste and thus perfectly replicate a conventional smoking experience.
In fact, this e liquid is particularly suited to former roll-up smokers seeking that ‘throat hit’ they’re used to due to its 70:30 PG / VG ratio.
For those who aren’t aware, PG stands for Propylene Glycol, a synthetic liquid substance which absorbs water. When an e liquid has a high ratio of PG, it produces a vapour density that’s similar to cigarette smoke, and it gives you a much more pronounced throat hit when you inhale. In a nutshell, high PG e liquids are best suited to beginner vapers – if this is you, and you used to love your roll-ups, the Hangsen Golden VGA e liquid is ideal.
Depending on the strength of nicotine you want, you can get this e liquid in up to 18mg, and it’s available for a very reasonable price.
All things considered, it’s little wonder that this e liquid is so popular and that Hangsen is labelled ‘the Godfather of vaping’.
£3.99 (we sell from £2.49)
0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg
“After trying many different vapes, I've stuck to this type for years now. I purchase two boxes of ten every month or so.”
Vapouriz, based in Guildford, Surrey, is a leading manufacturer of e cigarette kits and vape accessories, and its Classic Tobacco e liquid is one of its best sellers.
It's a reliable e liquid made in the UK from premium ingredients. These ingredients create the perfect blend of rich, smoky, and smooth tastes – there’s no harshness whatsoever.
The Premium Classic Tobacco works for many types of vapers, but it’s most suited to those who’ve recently quit smoking and want the distinctive tobacco flavour without the harmful chemicals or overpowering aromas. If you’re getting any urge to start smoking again, this e liquid will help keep those urges at bay.
Like the Hangsen Golden VGA E Liquid, this e liquid is a 70% PG mixture, so it’s perfect for getting that pleasing throat hit you’re looking for.
See for yourself why this endlessly flavoursome product has a 5-star average rating on our website by clicking on the link above and getting your hands on it today!
Zero nicotine, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg
“I have used various vape liquids over time but find this one the best. As a former smoker, I don’t like all the flavours; I just want a tobacco type flavour. This gives me that and is excellent value.”
As Hangsen is not only our best-selling brand but also one of the world’s best-known e liquid brands, we had to include another of its products in our article. Whichever Hangsen e liquid you try, you're guaranteed exceptional taste and a memorable vaping experience.
Another e liquid with a 5-star rating on our website, the USA Mix is popular among vapers due to its smoky and earthy flavour yet smooth and subtle texture, reminiscent of American cigarettes. You’ll even notice light notes of hazelnut when you inhale, and you’ll get a good throat hit that’s pleasurable without being irritating.
This e liquid also reflects Hangsen’s unique tobacco growing method – it’s only harvested when the leaves begin to swell with sugar and turn yellow. Hangsen is also renowned for its flue-curing technique – the tobacco is flue-cured to lock sugar into the leaves, which creates the USA Mix’s distinctive flavour.
It’s a staple of the American cigarette brands, and we’re certain you’ll love Hangsen’s unique interpretation of that traditional cigarette flavour – especially if you’ve recently quit smoking, due to its high PG percentage.
You have nicotine strengths of up to 18mg to choose from, depending on your preference.
But, as mentioned above, this e liquid has a smooth, mild taste. If you’re looking for something a bit punchier, check out Vapemate’s American Red.
£3.99 (we sell from £2.49)
Classic tobacco with sweet and nutty notes
6mg, 12mg, 18mg
“This e liquid provides excellent value and really good quality, with a nice smooth hit and flavour even in the higher strength. I’m not a fan of the harsher tasting tobacco flavours, despite being a heavy smoker previously, so I found this to be the perfect tobacco flavour.”
Dinner Lady is a Lancashire brand best known for its award-winning dessert-inspired e liquids, but its Straight Tobacco product shows that it can still provide compelling classic flavours.
Crafted from the finest ingredients, this e liquid is full, well-rounded, and a bold interpretation of a tobacco vape. Its distinctive taste is made up of flue-cured Kentucky leaves blended with Burley and Virginia varieties.
Unlike the previous three e liquids in our article, this is a 50:50 blend of PG and VG. Therefore, it achieves the perfect balance of flavour delivery, a throat hit, and vapour production – it’s better suited to bigger cloud vape kits. It also contains slightly stronger hints of sweetness than some of the aforementioned e liquids, which may be more to your liking.
Available in nicotine strengths of 6mg, 12mg, and 18mg, Straight Tobacco is one for the purists – and confirms why Dinner Lady is such a reputable vaping brand.
£3.49 (we sell from £2.49)
Light tobacco with caramel notes
3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg
“I find this a smooth-tasting alternative to the real thing. I have tried many different brands, but this one always comes out on top for me.”
UK-based company Vampire Vape has won numerous awards in recent years, including multiple Best E Liquid awards, demonstrating its expertise and popularity among users.
Vampire Vape’s Sweet Tobacco e liquid is a further testament to the brand’s expertise and has been created by its dedicated flavourists.
The result of their endeavours is a light tobacco flavour with a woody base and a smooth aftertaste. You’ll also notice caramel undertones when you inhale – this is the perfect e liquid for those who have a sweet tooth and want to satisfy their cravings.
Overall, Sweet Tobacco is a subtle, wholesome, well-balanced e liquid suitable for all-day vaping.
The PG / VG ratio of this e liquid varies depending on which strength you go for, as we’ve mentioned above. This e liquid is available in four nicotine strengths – the 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, and 18mg strengths provide a higher concentration of PG if you prefer something thinner, whereas the 3mg strength is 50:50 and thus very slightly sweeter and thicker.
£3.95 (we sell from £2.99)
Traditional, rich tobacco with hints of caramel
0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg
“This is a great tasting e liquid with simple, clean flavours. VIP’s products are always great quality, but this is my go-to e liquid because of its simple, clean, and uncomplex taste.”
VIP is a brand with a rich heritage and continuous commitment to innovation. It’s one of the UK’s oldest electronic cigarette companies, having existed for more than ten years, and it’s known for selling premium products – arguably the most popular of which is British Gold.
Made from a diverse collection of flavours, this e liquid has a rich, full-bodied taste that will take you on a trip down memory lane. You’ll be reminded of some of your favourite cigarettes when you taste the classic tobacco and smokey notes, which linger long on the palate.
You might also notice a slight hint of caramel, but it's not overpowering. Generally speaking, British Gold is one for the traditionalists.
You can get British Gold in strengths of 0mg up to 18mg, and it’s suitable for all devices, including pod systems, vape pens and starter kits.
Its 50% PG / 50% VG formula ensures a smooth, balanced vape, and it’s the perfect choice for reformed smokers.
When you try this e liquid, you’ll see why VIP is one of our top-selling brands.
£4.99 (we sell from £3.99)
Classic cigar tobacco with brown sugar, custard, honey, and vanilla
“This is the best tobacco e liquid I’ve tried after trying some nasty ones. It’s got a premium quality taste to it – it’s very nice and it has a hint of vanilla.”
Cubano Silver is our wildcard selection if you’re daring enough to think outside the box and try an e liquid packed with flavour.
Cigar connoisseurs will love this one from premium American vaping brand VGOD, which is the brand’s worldwide best-seller. As it’s a nic salt product, it gives a fast-acting, powerful nicotine hit, if this is what you want.
It provides the classic taste of a Cuban cigar – you’ll feel like you’re kicking back in the Havana sun – but with a twist. The wood-smoked tobacco notes are counteracted by soothing notes of vanilla, honey, and brown sugar to create a whole new dimension of flavour. You’ll also detect some spices when you try this – your taste buds won’t know what to expect next, which is the beauty of this e liquid.
Made for all-day vaping, Cubano Silver features a 55% VG consistency. This concentration creates a deep flavour and a relatively cloudy vape when you use it in a pod device or starter kit.
Available in a nicotine strength of 20mg, it needs to be at the top of your list if you’re looking for something unique and want to take your palate to another part of the world.
Rich tobacco with hints of caramel and vanilla
0mg (If you want to vape with nicotine, you can add your own nicotine shot)
"I just love the Nasty Juice Bronze Blend. The taste and smell are fantastic, and I'm always getting asked what it is as it smells amazing. The hit as you inhale is just like a cigarette. I smoked for 40 years, and this is the only juice I take to stop the craving."
Malaysian brand Nasty Juice has been around since 2015 and is globally recognised for its range of exotic, fruit-based e liquids. However, in recent years, the brand has branched out and begun exploring new avenues such as smooth tobacco e liquids, one of which is its Bronze Blend.
Part of a series including silver and gold editions, the Bronze Blend contains a rich tobacco base. When you inhale, you’ll taste the woody, earthy flavours, and when you exhale, you’ll detect the natural, dessert-style sweetness of the caramel and vanilla.
This e liquid is ideal if you’re looking to bridge the gap between smoking and vaping. It’s also perfect for sub-ohm vaping due to its 70% VG concentration.
For those who aren’t familiar with the term, sub-ohm vaping is where you use a vaping device containing a coil with a resistance of below 1ohm.
An ohm is a unit of electrical resistance and a sub-ohm device will pair low-resistance coils (of below 1ohm) with a battery that can output a high wattage. This process results in larger vapour clouds than you would produce through regular vaping.
So, if you like to create big clouds and want to get that deeper inhale, you need to get your hands on the Bronze Blend.
It costs more than the other e liquids in our article, but this is because it comes in a higher quantity. The Bronze Blend contains 50ml of nicotine-free – or 0mg – liquid supplied in a short fill bottle and a 10ml empty slot to which you can add the nicotine of your choice.
Caramel, toffee, and vanilla with a hint of smoky tobacco
0mg (If you want to vape with nicotine, you can add your own nic shot)
“I enjoyed this juice a lot. You can tell it’s best enjoyed by a fan of the tobacco liquids. The toffee flavour comes in later and gives you hints of vanilla, but they don’t go over each other and work well.”
Doozy Vape Co is an award-winning, globally recognised e liquid brand based in Yorkshire, and it’s renowned for using a unique variety of flavours in its products.
Its Golden Elixir e liquid is proof of its innovative approach and attention to detail. Golden Elixir fuses mellow tobacco notes with caramel, toffee, and vanilla to produce an irresistible mixture that’ll provide a premium vaping experience.
You’ll notice the light and smoky tobacco notes on the inhale and the rich sweetness on the exhale – this perfect balance will more than satisfy your sweet tooth and help you stave off the cigarettes.
The variety here reiterates Doozy Vape Co’s core brand message, which is that it has “a flavour for every vaper”.
As highlighted above, this is a 70% VG e liquid, so it’s perfect for higher powered vape devices. It’s also nicotine-free and comes in a short fill bottle to which you can add the nicotine shot of your choice.
By now, you’ve learnt about the best tobacco e liquids from around the world. But these are just a flavour of what’s out there (pun intended).
We sell hundreds of tobacco e liquids on our website, and these come in a myriad of flavours. Whether you want traditional tobacco, something fruity, something dessert-based, or something drinks-based, we’ve got something for you.
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