A to Z Vaping Terms Part 1: Beginner’s Guide

A to Z Vaping Terms Part 1: Beginner’s Guide

If you’re new to vaping, you might not be familiar with the vaping lingo that has emerged among vapers. With our helpful guide on the language of vaping, the following terms will become a part of your everyday conversation with your fellow vapers.


Term for traditional tobacco cigarettes.


One of the core components of the e-cigarette. The atomizer contains the heating coil and wick. This is used to heat the e-liquid to a temperature where it turns to vapor and can be inhaled by the user.

Battery, batt

Key component of any vaporizer/e-cig. The battery powers the atomizer, which heats the e-liquid to create vapor. Batteries come in two classifications: A manual battery with a button that is depressed by the user to activate and start the heating process, or an automatic battery activated when the user inhales on the mouthpiece.

Cartridge, cart, cartomizer

Plastic or metal mouthpiece filled with an absorbent material that holds e-liquid. These mouthpieces can come pre-filled or empty.


Electronic cigarette designed to have the look and feel of a traditional tobacco cigarette.

E-juice, eJuice, e juice, juice

Liquid used inside an e-cigarette. Also referred to as e-liquid.

Electronic cigarette

Alternative to traditional cigarettes that allows users to inhale heated liquid turned into vapor. Comes in a variety of styles and configurations.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

A United States Government agency responsible with ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of the food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA also is responsible for regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products, which now include vaping products.

Milligrams, mg

Unit of measurement used to show the level of nicotine in an e-liquid. Normal range is from zero to 30, but can go as high as 48. Levels are often found in increments of six.

Milliliters, ml

Unit of measurement used in the industry to describe the amount of e-liquid a container can hold. Used in everything from the bottle size to the tank size.


Refers to the modification of an e-cigarette, often the battery, for higher wattage. Today, these can be broken down to unregulated and regulated mods.

Propylene Glycol (PG)

One of the two key ingredients used in the making of e-liquid. Known for its stronger flavor and throat hit compared with vegetable glycerin (VG). E-liquids come in different ratios of PG and VG and what you choose depends on personal preference.

Starter Kit

Basic e-cigarette package to help new vapers get started. Most kits come with at least one atomizer and battery.

Throat hit

Sensation of vapor hitting the throat. This feeling is aided by nicotine and propylene glycol.


When e-liquid is heated inside the e-cigarette, the product is then inhaled. The exhaled product resembles small clouds.

Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

A common ingredient found in e-liquid. Generally, VG produces more vapor than propylene glycol (PG), but carries less flavor.

As you become familiar with the vaping industry, these terms will start to roll off the tongue. If you’re an advanced vaper, feel free to share any tips or terms you found to be helpful when you started vaping.

The opinions and other information contained in these blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Nicopure Labs LLC, owner of the Halo and HaloCigs marks.


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