Any trend that’s been around for a while is going to have its set of slang and terminology. E-cigs have been around long enough now that they’ve got a great following that builds all the time, and enough communication between users that there is a specific, almost hipster-like code for the art of using electronic cigarettes. Here is a fun little guide to help you figure out what e-smokers are talking about, should you not be aware of what certain things mean!
Analog Cigarette: A term for a traditional cig; it’s analog because it contains no digital parts.
Alternative Cigarette: An e-cigarette.
Atomizer: The device usually set into the cartridge that is responsible for vaporizing the liquid nicotine.
E-Cigs: Short for electronic cigarettes.
E-Cigarette: Term for electronic cigarette.
E-Smoke: To actually use an electronic cigarette, or another term for e-cigarette.
Cartridge: The unit on a 2-piece e-cig that contains the nicotine solution as well as the atomizer. They are disposable and flavored.
Cart: Short for cartridge.
Cartomizer: Another term for cartridge; precisely the right word to use when talking about your cartridge that contains an atomizer.
Digital Cigarette: Another term for e-cigarette; they definitely aren’t analogs!
Draw: the act of puffing and inhaling on an e-cig.
E-Liquid: The nicotine solution in your cartridge. Some types of e-cigs are made to be refilled with it.
E-Juice: Another term for nicotine solution.
Flavor Cartridge: The e-cig cartridge. It contains the nicotine and is most often flavored.
Hit: the vapor that comes out as a result of the smoker puffing on the e-cig.
Leaking: A negative occurrence that happens when the cartridge leaks nicotine liquid.
Lithium Ion Batteries: The preferred, highest performing batteries for electronic cigarettes.
Nicotine Level: The designated amount of nicotine in a cartridge.
PCC: Personal Charging Case; an amazing accessory that charges your batteries without an outlet, wherever you are. It also holds your batteries and cartridges.
PG: Also known as Propylene Glycol. An undesirable substance with a questionable history, that is known to cause negative reactions in some e-smokers. (Opt for VG instead)
Puff: The inhale, or drag on the e-cig.
Throat Hit: The feeling of the vapor when the e-cigarette is smoked. It is best felt in the throat, and most users like it to feel like an actual cigarette.
Vape: The act of smoking an e-cigarette.
Vapor: The smoke-like water vapor that comes out of e-cigarettes during use.
Vaping: The term used when smoking an e-cig.
VG: Vegetable glycerin: An all-natural, nontoxic substance derived from plant oils used as a base for nicotine solution.