E-Cig Glossary

Electronic cigarettes: A-Z of E-Cig Terminology

A

Adapter: this allows you to “mix and match” different atomisers (or atomizers) to different types of battery. Some vapers prefer the atomiser supplied by one manufacturer, but the battery used by another. This way you can get the best of both worlds.

Analogue or Analog (cigarette): the term used to describe a traditional or “old fashioned” cigarette.

ASH: Action on Smoking and Health, a UK based lobby group very definitely against the use of tobacco, but currently with a somewhat ambivalent attitude towards electronic cigarettes.

Atomiser or Atomizer: an essential “heart” of the e-cig. It heats the nicotine or nicotine-free liquid of the cigarette to the temperature at which it vaporises. So, the atomiser actually has two components – a heating element and a tiny pump that forces the liquid through the atomiser. Handled with proper care and regular maintenance you can expect your atomiser to last for between 6 and 12 months (depending, of course, on its use).

Atty: a fairly common abbreviation for “atomiser” or “atomizer”.

Automatic: a reference to the type of e-cig that automatically activates the atomiser when the user draws on it (i.e. just like smoking a tobacco cigarette, and replacing the alternative system where a button needs to be pressed on the e-cig to activate the atomiser).

B

Bat, Batt or Battery: just what it says, the battery that powers the atomiser of the e-cigarette. It includes the necessary circuitry, an LED and electric switch. It’s normally a 3.7v Li-Ion cell.

Bridge: acting as a kind of wick between the e-solution and the heating element, this is an absorbent, U-shaped piece of material covering the atomiser.

C

Carto, cartomiser or cartomizer: this contains both the cartridge containing the e-liquid or e-solution and the atomiser in just one single unit. They tend to be cheaper than buying cartridge and atomiser separately and generally contain a greater volume of liquid. You might also see them described as disposable e-cigs.

Cart or cartridge: this is what holds the e-liquid, e-solution or juice that gets atomised into a vapour. The cartridge usually contains an absorbent material that acts like a wick to deliver the liquid to the atomiser. It is disposable once the liquid has been used up.

CASAA: Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, a US-based pressure group promoting the use of e-cigarettes and championing their users.

Charger: can be used to recharge the battery of your electronic cigarette.

Cut-off: though not all e-cigs have this feature it is designed to close or shut down the device, to prevent the atomiser from overheating, if you take too long a drag (say, longer than 8 seconds). Cut-off may be accompanied by a flashing LED.

D

Dipping: this is a way of getting e-solution into an atomiser so that you can use it without a cartridge for a short while. The atomiser will need to have an exposed wick.

Disposable: just as it says, this is a fully-functioning electronic cigarette that can be thrown away once you’ve used up all the e-liquid or the battery runs flat. Usually the latter.

Dripping, direct dripping or drip-tip: similar to dipping, but it works in reverse – you wet the wick of the atomiser by dropping some of the e-solution straight onto it. Again, the e-cig can be used for a short while without the need for a cartridge.

Dry vaping: you might need to do this if the atomiser gets flooded with too much e-liquid. Just take off the mouthpiece, remove the cartridge and inhale. It will dry out the atomiser but be careful not to overheat it by inhaling too long or too often.

E

ECA: Electronic Cigarette Association, an association of US manufacturers established to promote its members interests and set certain industry standards.

ECF: E-Cigarette Forum, probably the world’s biggest electronic cigarette website.

E-cig, e-cigarette or e-ciggy: an electronic cigarette, using an atomiser to vaporise a nicotine or nicotine-free solution which can be inhaled when vaporised.

E-cigar or electronic cigar: like an electronic cigarette but in cigar form.

E-juice or juice: also known as e-liquid or e-solution, it is the consumable component of an e-cig – the liquid which is vaporised and inhaled by the user. It comes in a huge range of flavours, some of which contain nicotine and some of which are nicotine-free. The base is normally made from propylene glycol (PG) – widely in the manufacture of food and cosmetics. Alternatively, it can be made of vegetable glycerol (VG) or indeed a mix of the two.

Electronic cigarette: also known as e-cig, e-cigarette, e-fag or e-ciggy. An alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes, using an atomiser to vaporise a nicotine or nicotine-free solution which can be inhaled when vaporised.

E-liquid: also known as e-solution, e-juice or simply juice, it is the consumable component of an e-cig – the liquid which is vaporised and inhaled by the user. It comes in a huge range of flavours, some of which contain nicotine and some of which are nicotine-free. The base is normally made from propylene glycol (PG) – widely in the manufacture of food and cosmetics. Alternatively, it can be made of vegetable glycerol (VG) or a mixture of the two.

E-pipe: you guessed it! It’s similar to the e-cigarette (and e-cigar), but with the look, feel and taste of a pipe.

E-smoking: what you’re doing when you’re using an electronic cigarette although you aren’t really smoking you are vaping.

E-solution: also known as e-liquid, e-juice or simply juice, it is the consumable component of an e-cig – the liquid which is vaporised and inhaled by the user. It comes in a huge range of flavours, some of which contain nicotine and some of which are nicotine-free. The base is normally made from propylene glycol (PG) – widely in the manufacture of food and cosmetics. Alternatively, it can be made of vegetable glycerol (VG) or a combination of the two.

F

FDA: the US Food and Drug Administration, responsible for the regulation of e-cigarettes in the United States – and currently involved in a critical law case with importers and suppliers of e-cigarettes.

Filler: an absorbent material packed into the e-cig’s liquid cartridge to ensure a steady flow to the atomiser without flooding it.

Flooding: this can happen if too much liquid reaches the atomiser and floods it.

H

I

J

Juice: also known as e-liquid, e-solution or e-juice, it is the consumable component of an e-cig – the liquid which is vaporised and inhaled by the user. It comes in a huge range of flavours, some of which contain nicotine and some of which are nicotine-free. The base is normally made from propylene glycol (PG) – widely in the manufacture of food and cosmetics. Alternatively, it can be made of vegetable glycerol (VG) or you can mix both together.

L

LED: at the tip of an e-cig there is an LED (Light Emitting Diode) which lights up to give the impression of the cigarette being alight – it makes it look a little more like a conventional, tobacco cigarette (or analogue). Sometimes the LED might flash or change colour to show the status of the battery e.g. whether it needs charging.

Leaking: as the term suggests, this is when the e-liquid, e-solution or juice leaks from an overfilled atomiser or cartomiser. Clearly, this can damage the heating element or battery.

Liquid: also known as e-liquid, e-juice, e-solution or simply juice, it is the consumable component of an e-cig – the liquid which is vaporised and inhaled by the user. It comes in a huge range of flavours, some of which contain nicotine and some of which are nicotine-free. The base is normally made from propylene glycol (PG) – widely in the manufacture of food and cosmetics. Alternatively, it can be made of vegetable glycerol (VG).

Low resistance or LR: this is a reference to the ohm rating of the cartomiser or atomiser. The lower resistance usually makes the heating element get hotter more quickly and produce vapour faster – and sometimes in greater volume than a standard atomiser of cartomiser.

M

M (numbers): basically, there are lots of them – 306, 401, 402, 403, 510, 808, and 901 – all reflecting the different styles, designs and lengths of e-cigarette currently available. Many of the differences are determined by the lengths of their respective batteries.

Manual: (as opposed to automatic), this refers to the type of e-cig that has a button which needs to be pressed to turn on the heating element and pump liquid through the atomiser to make vapour. I might be a little more awkward to use than an automatic but it is less susceptible to leaking.

Milligrams or mg: the amount, by weight, of nicotine contained in the e-liquid. Levels in common use are 0mg, 6mg, 8mg, 12mg, 16mg, 18mg, 24mg, 30mg, 36mg and 48mg, with a comparable level of nicotine found in the average analog cigarette at about 18mg.

Millilitres or ml: the amount of e-liquid, by volume, in any given capsule.

Mod: short for modification, this refers to the way in which an e-cig has been modified or adapted to suit a particular user’s tastes. It might be done to change the looks, the battery life or the amount of vapour produced, when compared to the manufacturer’s original specification.

Mouthpiece: just as it says, replacing the term butt that you’d use for an analogue or conventional tobacco cigarette.

O

Ohm: a measure of electrical resistance – the lower the resistance the faster the heating element is likely to warm up.

P

Passthrough: this lets you connect your electronic cigarette to the USB port of your computer or charger and therefore spares the e-cig’s battery. In fact, some users have reported a better flavour and/or improved taste when powering the device in this way.

Pen style: describes a particular kind of e-cig design that looks like a pen.

Portable charging case: even when you’re away from an available power source, you can use this to re-charge the battery of your e-cigarette.

Personal vaporiser, personal vaporizer or pv: yet another name for the electronic cigarette, e-cigarette or e-cig.

Primer: used by some manufacturers to protect the atomiser whilst being shipped – you’ll find it has a nasty taste!

Propylene glycol or PG: a base ingredient of many producers’ e-liquid. It has been approved for use in medical inhalers for decades. An alternative to PG is vegetable glycerol (VG), which may produce more vapour but is said to have less taste.

S

Smokeless cigarette: an alternative name for the electronic cigarette, e-cigarette or e-cig, which emphasizes that these produce none of the harmful smoke of conventional tobacco cigarettes (i.e. analogues).

Starter kit: everything you need to embark on your vaping journey, or the experience of electronic cigarettes. A typical starter kit may come with 5 or more cartridges pre-filled with e-juice, 1 or more atomizers, 1 or more batteries, and a charger.

T

THR: Tobacco Harm Reduction, the name of a project looking at ways to reduce the proven harm of smoking tobacco being carried out by scientists of the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Throat hit, throat kick, th or tk: the tingling sensation you are likely to feel in the back of your throat when the vaporised nicotine of an electronic cigarette is inhaled. Since it is the nicotine that gives you the hit, you won’t feel it with a nicotine-free e-solution.

Topping or topping off: filling or topping up the cartridge of your e-cig with e-juice.

V

Vape: what you do when you’re using an electronic cigarette i.e. inhale and exhale its vapour.

Vaper: someone who vapes – uses e-cigarettes.

Vaping: the action of using or “smoking” an electronic cigarette.

Vapour, or vapor cigarette: alternative name for the electronic cigarette, emphasizing the fact that it is harmless water vapour, rather than harmful tobacco smoke that is exhaled by the user.

Vapour, or vapour production: a measure of the amount of vapour typically inhaled in one drag of the atomised liquid of an e-cig.

Vegetable glycerol, vegetable glycerine or vg – a base ingredient of many brands of e-liquid and an alternative to propylene glycol (especially if users are allergic to use of the latter). It is reported that vg generates more vapour than propylene glycol but is less flavour-some and lacks some of its Throat Kick.

W

Wick: as in the wick of a candle, the small piece of string attached to most atomisers to aid the flow of e-liquid from the cartridge to the atomiser.

X

X-vaping: the process of exhaling the vapour of an electronic cigarette.

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