The Language of Vaping: Vaping Terminology for Beginners

The Language of Vaping: Vaping Terminology for Beginners

October 08, 2017

If you're thinking about switching from traditional tobacco products to electronic vaporizers or e-cigs, you'll find that there's an entire world of words that describes the incredible array of e-liquids that are available to you. 

Here's your first lesson: e-liquid is the name of the liquid that is used in e-cigs, and a vaper is someone who uses e-cigs. When the industry first started in 2003, e-juice typically came in menthol and vanilla. However, the industry has grown tremendously since then, and now there's a tremendous variety of choices available for vapers. So if you're looking into the personal vaporizer (PV) market for the first time, understanding the basic lingo can help you find exactly what you're looking for. Below is our Vaping Terminology, written just for beginners:

Glossary: Vaping Terminology for Beginners

Analog - This term refers to the traditional, non-digital cigarette.

APV - Advanced Personal Vaporizer, referring to current e-cig models. 

Atomizer - The atomizer is the part of the e-cig that heats up the e-liquid and turns it into vapor. The term can refer to the coil itself that heats up and produces the vapor, or the tank that contains the coil.

E-cigarettes (e-cigs) - E-cigs refer to any electronic vaping device, although people frequently use this term to refer to look-alike e-cigarettes. 

E-liquid (e-juice, vape juice) - All these words refer to the liquid that is used in electronic smoking devices. The liquid is vaporized and exhaled, containing a mixture of nicotine, flavoring, water, propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine. 

Flavors - Flavors in e-liquid vary from the traditional vanilla or menthol to citrus and other fruits. Other popular flavors include: candy, spice, tobacco, or custard and other food flavors. As the vape market continues to pick up, more and more flavors are being developed to meet the growing demands of consumers. 

Nicotine (nic) - Used in traditional tobacco products as well one of the key ingredients in e-juice, this drug is a stimulant that makes one feel more aware and alert, causes the heart to beat faster and the blood pressure to rise, suppresses the appetite, and gives the user a sense of calm. Eliquids with nicotine are being used as a substitute for traditional tobacco product as users look for a way to wean off from nicotine from traditional tobacco sources. At the same time, e-liquid without nicotine is also available.

Personal vaporizer (PV) - PV describes any digital vape device (e-cig) that vaporizes e-liquids as an alternative to using analog smoking products (traditional cigarettes). Personal vaporizers have undergone extensive modifications over the years, so the abbreviation APV usually refers to the more contemporary models.

Propylene glycol (PG) - Used primarily in e-liquids instead of vegetable glycerin (see below), PG is a common food additive that allows products to mix well and keeps them moist. As a result, PG gives the e-juice a thin consistency. It has no flavor except for a slight sweetness, and does not interfere with the flavors of the e-liquid.

Vaper – This term describes anyone who 'vapes,' that is, anyone who uses e-cigs.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) - PG and VG are either used together in e-liquids, or each one can be used as a base alone that combines with the other e-juice ingredients. VG provides a thicker consistency, and is an alternative when the vaper may be allergic to PG, a common emulsifier, preservative and solvent in food and tobacco products. 

In essence, the vaping industry is growing, producing more exciting flavors each day. With this Terminology for Beginners, you'll be able to shop online, explore the new e-liquid flavors and the advanced personal vaporizers available, and read reviews from other customers who are heavy into the lingo. And while you're at it, have a look at our website and the some of the bestselling e-liquid products we offer. 

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