There is no shortage of slang terms for smoking and cigarettes – fags, dog ends, tabs, having a drag – so it is no surprise that electronic cigarettes have acquired their own slang and specialist terms, even in the relatively short time since they were invented.
Traditional tobacco cigarettes.
This is the ignition chamber of the electronic cigarette, the heating element that heats the nicotine liquid and creates the vapour.
Also known as ‘tips’, these contain the liquid nicotine which is heated by the atomizer.
The practice of dipping your atomizer into liquid nicotine before smoking an electronic cigarette – or of dripping a little nicotine onto it.
Accidentally inhaling when the atomizer has been flooded with liquid nicotine and so isn’t emitting vapour.
These contain everything you need to start smoking e-cigarettes, including the electronic cigarette itself, batteries, atomisers, chargers, and nicotine cartridges in varying strengths.
The liquid nicotine solution used in electronic cigarettes, also known as e-liquid.
If too much liquid nicotine gets into the atomizer it can spill out.
Short for ‘light-emitting diode’, these lights are used on many electronic devices and on e-cigarettes indicate the state of the battery.
Short for ‘modified’, mods are custom alterations to electronic cigarette components to increase vapour emission, battery life or ease of use.
The electronic cigarette equivalent of a cigarette butt.
A harmless, colourless liquid which is the primary constituent of the liquid in most brands of electronic cigarette cartridge.
An alternative, less commonly used term for electronic cigarette.
Another, less formal term for e-juice or e-liquid.
Also known as the throat hit, this is the back-of-the-throat sensation experienced when smoking, and a subjective measure of the pleasure or strength of a particular brand.
This means adding more e-juice to a cartridge.
A small piece of fabric which holds the liquid in a cartridge.
To smoke an electronic cigarette, from ‘vapour’).
Someone who smokes electronic cigarettes.
The practice of smoking electronic cigarettes.
An alternative to propylene glycol, also colourless and odourless but with a much sweeter flavor.
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