Posted by Tatiana Rodriguez
There are many terms in the vapor cigarette vertical that may confuse people. A ton of slang has surfaced and this has confused people. Being an “encyclopedia” on all things e-cigarette related, we thought we’d throw out a few terms that will help people better identify mentions of electronic cigarettes. Be sure to leave a comment or send us mail to suggest new terms or terminology we have have overlooked!
Atomizer: this is a heating element that is used to vaporize the nicotine solution (liquid.) These were items more discussed in the past when e-cigarettes were made in three parts, one being the atomizer.
Battery: the actual stick that resembles a typical cigarette. This powers the device and is the part of the e-cigarette that needs to constantly be re-charged. Available in many lengths and power capabilities. Some e-cigarette brands offer these in assorted colors.
Cartridge: (also called a cartomizer) a replaceable cartridge that is filled with a nicotine solution and screwed into an electronic cigarette battery. Available in many flavors and strengths.
Disposable: an e-cigarette sold as a single use item. These normally have the life span of one pack of cigarettes and are sold retail for $9.99 – $12.00
E-Cig, E-Cigarette, Electronic Cigarette, Electric Cigarette: all terms to describe a vapor cigarette. Used interchangeably, they all mean the same thing.
E-cig Mod: a “mod” is when a user changes the design of a battery, atomizer or even a cartridge refill. “Mod” is short for modification and is a term used by people who like to customize the smoking experience. People modify e-cigarettes the same way people modify car engines, spoilers, and tires – to get more performance. However, modifying an electronic cigarette device nullifies any warranty on the product and can result in serious injury if done wrong. The big story about an electronic cigarette exploding is the prime example of a “mod gone wrong.”
Smokeless Cigarette: see “e-cig.” Same definition.
Throat Hit: This is the sensation felt in the back of the throat after inhaling the nicotine vapor of an e-cigarette. Many people want a “deep throat hit” which means you can really feel it (similar to a cigarette.) Of course, it’s easy to get a deep throat hit when you use a stronger nicotine level, such as the 24 mg cartridges.
Vaping, Vapin’, Vaper: all terms that talk about the action of smoking e-cigarettes.
Examples: “Come over to the coffee shop, we’re vapin’ together.”
“Josh quit smoking. He’s just a vaper now.”
“We don’t smoke. We vape!”
Additional FAQ’s you Should Know about:
Propylene Glycol & Vegetable Glycerin:
These are two types of bases used in e-liquid (nicotine solutions.) Many people have discussed pro’s and con’s of each type, but they are both used in many household products you already use – so those debates are quite silly and unfounded. For example, Vegetable Glycerin, which we will call (VG) is derived from the production of palm or coconut oils. It’s used in cosmetic/skin care products and sweeteners. Propylene Glycol, we’ll call (PG) is found in both food products and medicinal products. You’ll find PG in soap, toothpaste, lotions, and soaps. It has been reported that some people do have a reaction to PG – but these same people have experienced this reaction with brands of soap and skin care products. So, if you have experienced these types of reactions, you probably want to look into whether you are smoking a PG product. However, the reported cases or reactions are miniscule and affect a very, very minimal amount of vapor cigarette smokers.