The Electronic Cigarette Glossary
Essential Words, Phrases and Slang for the E-Cigarette Community
The Electronic Cigarette has only been around for a few years and already the e-cig is starting to develop an associated vocabulary which could baffle outsiders.
Slang helps a community to achieve identity and to distinguish themselves from outside.
Smokers have already been under pressure for years from an aggressive non-smoking majority, and now, having found an acceptable alternative that gives them a pleasurable and safe way to indulge their nicotine habit, e-smokers find their habit under threat from established players with a vested interest in their former unhealthy habits.
It's no wonder that e-smokers are already forming a tight-knit community - with their own vocabulary...
Analog Cigarettes - used to refer to "old fashioned" cigarettes. See Analog for details.
ASH: Action on Smoking and Health. Along with their allies, the American Stop Smoking Society, the organisation opposes the electronic cigarette. However, ASH UK cautiously supports the device, as does ASH New Zealand.
Atomiser (US: Atomizer): electronic component that turns the nicotine solution contained within the e-cigarette into vapour. See Atomizer for details.
Atty: Abbreviation for atomiser.
Automatic: Electronic cigarettes which automatically activate the heating element when you inhale.
Bottom Coil Clearomiser (BCC): A clearomiser where the atomiser and heating coil is located at the bottom of the clearomiser. Usually also filled from the bottom end of the clearomiser rather than from the top.
Bottom Dual Coil Clearomiser (BDC): A bottom coil clearomiser with two coils. Provides more vapour and a stronger throat hit, but uses up batteries quicker than a single coil clearomiser.
Bottom Feeder: Refers to clearomisers where the atomiser is at the bottom of the coil, rather than at the top.
Cartomiser (US: Cartomizer) - A combined cartridge and atomiser. Sometimes used to refer to a disposable electronic cigarette. See Cartomizer for details.
Carts: Abbreviation of cartridges, which contain the propylene glycol solution which give the vapour of an electronic cigarette.
Clearomiser (US: Clearomizer): A combined cartridge and atomiser with clear walls, which allow the user to see how much eliquid remains in the cartridge. For more information see The Ultimate Guide to Clearomisers.
CASAA: Consumer Advocacy for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA.org). Non-profit organisation campaigning on the behalf of electronic cigarette users.
Chain Vaping: constantly vaping. Also known as Pacifier Vaping.
Coil: A coil of wire which makes up part of the atomiser. The resistance of the coil determines how much heat and vapour is produced.
Cigalike: An electronic cigarette that closely resembles a tobacco cigarette.
Disposable E-Cigarette: Designed to be thrown away after its e-juice has dried up.
Dipping: Refers to dipping an atomiser into e-juice prior to smoking.
Dripping: Can refer to dripping a drop of e-juice on to an atomiser prior to smoking. Must be done with care to avoid damaging the atomiser.
Drip tips: Were originally used to refer to a device used to drip several drops of eliquid directly onto an an atomiser. Now sometimes used to refer to the mouthpiece of an electronic cigarette.
Dry Smoking: Done when atomiser is flooded with solution. Remove mouth piece, take out cartridge, replace mouth piece and inhale. Be very careful to avoid damaging the atomiser by over heating it.
ECA/ECASSOC: The Electronic Cigarette Association (http://www.ecassoc.org/): An American industry association set up both represent the interests of and enforce certain standards on members. Now defunct.
ECCA: E-Cigarette Consumer Association of the UK. Grassroots organisation which represents UK consumers and also organised National Vaping Day in 2012. Click here to access their website.
ECITA: Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Assocation: Represent the UK electronic cigarette industry. Members have to pay a monthly fee, adhere to strict standards and undergo strict twice yearly audits. Also campaigns for fair regulations on behalf of its member. Click here to access their website.
Electronic Cigar: similar to the electronic cigarette (see below) but with a cigar style and flavour.
Electronic Cigarette: a cigarette where an atomizer vaporises the nicotine which is then inhaled as vapour as compared to the smoke normally inhaled.
Also known as the E-Cigarette, the E-Cig and even the E-Ciggy.
Electronic Cigarette Starter Kits: Complete kits which normally contain batteries, atomisers, chargers, a manual and cartridges. See Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit for more information.
Electro-fag: See Electronic Cigarette above, or electro-fag for example of usage.
E-juice: Liquid nicotine solution for the electronic cigarette. (We don't recommend this ourselves for safety reasons.)
E-liquid: Ejuice. Check out our range here.
ENDs: Electronic Nicotine Devices, another term for electronic cigarettes. Frequently used in scientific papers on e-cigarettes. Some vapers like the term as it suggests the END of smoking.
E-Pipe: If you have read the other two you can probably work out what an E-Pipe is...
E-Smoking: Smoking with an electronic cigarette.
Filler Material: A material placed inside ecigarette cartridges which soaks up and holds eliquid.
Flooding: Occurs when e-juice floods into the atomiser.
French Hit: Refers to a specific way of vaping. You inhale the vapour, remove the ecigarette from your mouth, allow the vapour to drift out of your mouth, and the reinhale through your nose. Also known as Irish Waterfall.
Hot Cigarette: Another term for an analog (traditional) cigarette.
Irish Waterfall: See French Inhale ;)
LED: The light at the end of the cigarette. This lights up when the user inhales, resembling an analog. Depending on the model, the LED may convey information to the user about the battery, i.e. flashing when the battery is running out or glowing green to show it is fully charged.
Lung Inhale: When you inhale vapour directly into your lungs. This is unusual with ecigarettes, as most people inhale into their mouths first.
Manual: Refers to electronic cigarettes with a button which, when depressed, fires up the battery. Used in contrast to automatic ecigarettes.
Mini-Cigarette: Ssmaller than the average e-cigarette, the mini-cigarette is actually the same size as the average lookalike e-cigarette.
Mod: Name for an electronic cigarette which has been modified into a unique design.
Mouthpiece: replaces the butt of an analog.
Pacifier Mode: When you remove the atomiser and/or eliquid, but keep the electronic cigarette in your hand or mouth.
Pacifier Vaping: See chain vaping.
Ohm: Used to measure the resistance of heating coils in atomisers.
Pen-Style: A particular style of electronic cigarette, known for its resemblance to a ball point pen.
Personal Electronic Nicotine Inhaler System (PENIS): More of a joke than an term commonly used despite the efforts of some vapers to popularise the term. Included for the sake of completeness!
Passthrough: Device that plugs directly into a computer or USB charger so that users can vape without having to worry about recharging their electronic cigarette.
Primer Puff: When you take a short sharp drag on your ecigarette to activate the atomiser. Not usually necessary unless your ecigarette has been standing for a while and the atomiser is dry.
Propylene Glycol: A colourless liquid that forms the majority of the solution in the Electronic Cigarette. The liquid has been extensively tested for safety - see Propylene Glycol for more information.
Personal Vaporiser (or PV): A alternative name for the electronic cigarette.
Resistance: Refers to the resistance of the coil in the atomiser (measured in Ohms). A lower resistance produces more heat and vapour.
Ruyyan Cigarette: The original electronic cigarette - usually has a coloured tip.
Second Generation ECigarettes: Used by scientists to refer to tank systems, with cigalikes being first generation e-cigarettes.
Smoke-juice: Another phrase for E-juice.
Smokeless Cigarette: Alternative phrase for electronic cigarette. Not commonly used by vapers, but often used in media stories about electronic cigarettes.
Snus: Actually nothing to with an e-cigarette, but we liked the name. Snus is the Swedish version of snuff. Since Snus was taken up in Sweden, lung cancer rates in the country have dropped to the lowest in Europe.
Squonking: When a bottle is connected to an atomiser and then squeezed to deliver the eliquid. e.g.. "I squonked the bottle to delivery juice to the atty.
Throat Kick/ Throat Hit: The definition seems to vary according to the e-smoker, but essentially the feeling when the vapor hits your throat. Positive reviews of electronic cigarettes often mention a good "Throat kick." See our article What's Kicking Your Throat? for more information.
THR: Tobacco Harm Reduction: Much of the scientific support for the electronic cigarette has come from scientists involved in tobacco harm reduction.
Topping: Topping up a cartridge with e-juice. Also known as topping off.
Wick: A small piece of fabric or cotton which is found in the cartridge, and which holds the e-juice.
Vape: To inhale vapour an electronic cigarette.
Vaper: A person who vapes (uses an electronic cigarette).
Vaping: The habit/pastime of using electronic cigarettes. See Paul Bergen's article Vaping.
Vaper's Tongue: Refers to a loss of taste, from suddenly going off a flavour to losing all taste for flavours. See Vaper's Tongue: What is it, what causes it and what to do about it for more information.
Variable Voltage: e.g. Variable Voltage batteries. These allow you vary the volage passing through your atomiser.
Vooping: Vaping on the loo (you can work out the details!)
VG: Vegetable Glycerine: Vegetable glycerine is a clear, colourless, odourless but very sweet liquid used as an alternative to propylene glycol by vapers who mix their own liquid. Some vapers maintain it increases vapour production. See Vegetable Glycerine: Is it safe? for more information.
X-Vaping: To exhale vapour from an e-cigarette. (Actually, we just made this one up.)
More words - this is a work in progress, and with a new and growing community more words will soon be added. So help us out by letting us know if we are missing anything!