Electronic Cigarette Glossary


Analog or Analogue – Slang term for a traditional cigarette.

ASH – Action on Smoking and Health. An organization against electronic cigarettes.

Atomizer (Atomiser) – the electronic component within an electronic cigarette that vaporizes the nicotine.

Atty – Short for Atomizer.

Battery– The battery piece of an electronic cigarette is the part that provides power to the heating element. This allows the heating element to heat the Juice and produce vapor. Some batteries allow the user to charge the unit wile vaping, these types of batteries are known as a PT or Passthrough batteries. PT Batteries are also choice due to the lack of disassembling the entire E-Cig to charge the battery.

Batt – Abbreviation for Battery.

Bridge – the metal bracket in an atomizer that holds the mesh in place.

Carto – Abbreviation for Cartomizer.

Cartomizer (Cartomiser) – a disposable, reusable (refillable) cartridge with a built-in atomizer. A cartridge and atomizer in a convenient single unit. These are generally less expensive and hold more juice than a regular cartridge/atomizer combination.

Cartridge – a plastic mouthpiece that contains a filter and e-liquid.

Carts – abbreviation for cartridges.

CASAA: Consumer Advocacy for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association. A non-profit organization that advocates electronic cigarettes.

Charger – A battery charger. This is used to recharge your e-cig battery once it has been depleted.

Dripping – the act of dripping e-liquid directly on the atomizer.

Drip Tip – a hollow, Plastic or Metallic mouthpiece designed for dripping.

Dry Burn – activating the atomizer when there is no fluid on it or in the cartridge.

ECA/ECASSOC – The Electronic Cigarette Association.

Electronic Cigarette – A battery powered cigarette that produces a nicotine vapor. The device heats up a liquid solution consisting of nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycol, and flavorings to a point where it actually turns into a vapor which can be inhaled. 

e-Cigarette – Abbreviation for Electronic Cigarette.

eCig – short for electronic cigarette.

e-Liquid – Liquid nicotine solution designed for vaping.

e-Juice – e-liquid.

e-Smoker – a person who uses an electronic cigarette.

Flooding – Something that can occur when too much Juice is applied to the atomizer or cartomizer. Since atomizers require some air to properly vaporize Liquid, adding too much Juice to an atomizer will cause a decrease in Vapor Production and flavor.

Light Emitting Diode (Abbreviated as LED) – A diode that converts applied voltage to light. These are commonly used in electronic cigarette devices to indicate that the device is actively being used.

Mesh – the metal webbing covering the bridge of the atomizer.

Ohm - A measure of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and therefore faster heating.

Passthrough – A device that plugs directly into the USB port of a computer or charger and allows the user to vape without having to worry about battery life. Some users report better vapor production and/or flavor while using a Passthrough compared to their regular Non-Passthrough batteries.

PG – propylene glycol.

Propylene Glycol – the most common ingredient used as a base in e-liquid.

Personal Vaporizer – An Electronic Cigarette.

PV - Abbreviation for Personal Vaporizer.

Throat Hit – describes the sensation of smoking an analog cigarette. The feeling of the vapor as it hits the back of the vaper’s throat. The tingling feeling one feels in the back of the throat when vaporizing juice that contains nicotine. Typically, since nicotine is a large contributing factor in throat hit, when a juice that contains zero nicotine is vaporized, there is no throat hit. The Higher the Nicotine Strength, the bigger the Throat Hit.

TH - Abbreviation for Throat Hit.

Topping Off – the act of adding more e-liquid to an atomizer or cartridge before it dries out.

Vape – The action of “smoking” an electronic cigarette. Since e-cigs actually produce vapor (rather than smoke) people refer to this as “Vaping”.

Vegetable Glycerol or Vegetable Glycerin (Abbreviated as VG) – An ingredient found in many brands of E-Juice. This is one of the ingredients used that when heated will produce vapor that can be inhaled. Typically, VG produces more vapor than it’s PG counterpart but provides less flavor and Throat Hit. Some users who are allergic to Propylene Glycol must use 100% VG Juices. Vegetable Glycerol has been used medically for inhalation for many years in asthma inhalers

VG – Vegetable Glycerin.

Vapor Production – Typically associated with Juices. Indicates how much vapor is produced using an average inhale of an e-cigarette.

Wick - 1.The fabric filter in a cartridge. 2. The fibers located underneath the bridge of certain types of atomizers. 3. The process of the atomizer absorbing e-liquid from the cartridge.