Vaping Terminology for Beginners

Vaping Terminology for Beginners

Vaping Terminology for Beginners

Hey, we’ve all been there. You dip your toes in a new hobby only to find you have no idea what anyone’s talking about. Allow us to step in and break down some of the basic vaping terms.

The Technology:


This is shorthand for electronic cigarette, your basic vaping apparatus. Unlike a traditional cigarette that uses combustion to release nicotine, e-cigarettes heat a liquid to release the nicotine present in it.

E-juice (also known as e-liquid)

This refers to the flavored liquids that e-cigs heat to produce vapor. While e-juice containing nicotine is popular, especially among ex-smokers, there are also non-nicotine options for those who like to vape for the multitude of flavor choices.


In some e-cig models, especially closed-system e-cigarettes, this is the detachable container that holds the e-juice.


This is the heating element in your typical e-cig. When it heats the e-juice, it turns the liquid into vapor.


This is a cartridge with an atomizer built into it.


This is the power source for the heating element.


This is an absorbent substance in the e-cig. It’s there to draw e-juice onto the heating element.

The E-juice:

PG (Propylene Glycol)

This is a common base for e-juice flavors.

VG (Vegetable Glycerin)

This is another common base for e-juice flavors. It’s thicker and more viscous than its counterpart, PG. Also, unlike PG, it has a distinct taste.


This is the ratio of PG to VG in an e-juice.


This bit of shorthand refers to e-juices with nicotine.


As you may have guessed, this refers to e-juices that don’t have nicotine.

The Vaping:


This is the plume of vapor that is produced by smoking an e-cig.


You may have heard of this activity practiced by certain vaping enthusiasts: trying to produce as big a cloud as possible.

Lung hit

You achieve this by drawing the vapor directly into your lungs.

Mouth hit

On the other hand, this refers to drawing the vapor only into your mouth, before either inhaling it further into your lungs or blowing it back out.

Throat hit

This refers to the tingly feeling you may get in the back of your throat when you draw the vapor into your throat. It’s usually associated with e-juice with high levels of nicotine.

Dry hit

This refers an unpleasant, harsh-feeling hit resulting from a lack of e-juice.

Vaper’s tongue

This phenomenon is a temporary dulling of the sense of taste that can result from vaping the same flavor of e-juice for a prolonged period of time.

Did we miss anything? What’s your favorite vaping term? Let us know in the comments!

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