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Terms to Know When You Buy E Cigs

New to vaping? All of the terms and acronyms associated with it could set your head to spinning.  For example: What’s an atomizer?  PG?  Isn’t that a kid’s movie rating?  Well, fear not!  Once you get the hang of it, the language totally makes sense.  So, to help you out we’ve compiled a list of terms and abbreviations that everyone should be familiar with when you’re looking to buy e cigs.
The electronic cigarette itself has as many names as Billy the Kid.  These are a few of the most common ones:

  • Electronic cigarette
  • E-Cig
  • Smokeless Cigarette
  • Personal Vaporizer
  • E-Cigarette

Obviously, you can call them whatever you want.  But at least now you know that a personal vaporizer and e-cigarette are the same thing.
Now that you’re into e-cigs, you’ll notice more and more people talking about them at work, the coffee shop and even on facebook and twitter.  Don’t be out of the loop!  This is a list of terms you’re going to want to know when other vapers are chatting

  • Analog: This is a hip way of referring to the old, traditional tobacco cigarette.  The idea is that we are currently in the digital age.  And, all things analog are history, bygones, or old school.
  • Vapor: When you exhale electronic cigs, it gives off a mist that emulates “smoking” an analog cig.  (Catching on?)  The mist is made of water, propylene glycol, and nicotine.
  • Vape/vaped/vaping: In order to draw a line between tobacco cigs and e-cigs, the term “vaping” was coined as an alternative to “smoking.”  When you vape, you are taking a drag, puffing on, or “smoking” an electronic cigarette.
  • Pull: Taking a drag.  This is the literal act of sucking in on the filter that draws the vapor into your mouth
  • Throat Hit, abbreviated as TH: This is probably not as unfamiliar as some of the other terms.  It means the same thing as the throat hit of a tobacco cig except with vapor.  Its the sensation you get when the vapor hits the back of your throat
  • PV: Just an abbreviation for personal vaporizer.
  • Propylene Glycol, also abbreviated as PG: This is the part of the nicotine solution that provides the throat hit and makes it so that the nicotine can be vaporized.
  • Cartridge, or cart for short: This is the part of the e-cig that holds the flavor, nicotine, atomizer, and PG.  Now you can get flavored cartridges like traditional, vanilla, blueberry, and menthol. Click here to check them out.
  • Atomizer, sometimes called atty: This is the part that makes vapor from the water, propylene glycol and nicotine.
  • 2-Piece: Not a swimsuit, but its the same idea.  This is a two piece electronic cigarette.   In this case, the atomizer is stored as a single unit inside the cartridge so you get a fresh atomizer in every cartridge.

Now you can consider yourself “in the know.”  You can confidently use all of the terms and abbreviations you’ll need to talk about or buy e cigs.  Have any other terms you need clarified?  Leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you.