Vaporizing terminology

Vape/Vaping

To vape, or vaping, refers to the action of inhaling vaporized substances from an electronic smoking device. Vaped substances include e-liquid,nicotine, alcohol,cannabis and medicines. Vaping is a relatively new term and has been short listed for word of the year 2014.

E-cig

E-cig is short for electronic cigarette, an electronic cigarette is a small battery powered vaping device.

Cig-a-Like/Cigalike

A term used to describe an electronic cigarette, ‘cigalike’ is an amalgamation of two words: cigarette and like. It has been coined due to an e-cig’s similar appearance to that of a traditional tobacco cigarette.

V-meds

V-meds is an abbreviation, V: vaporizing and meds: is short for medicine, v-medication is a treatment for medical conditions. It is a way to administer medicine to treat symptoms like flu and headaches.

E-meds

E-meds is an abbreviation, E: electronic and meds: is short for medicine.

Why is it called a ‘vape pen’?

The term ‘vape pen’ was coined due to a vaporizers similar appearance to a pen. Some vaporizers double up as a writing instrument and also have clips that you can attach to shirt pockets. The aesthetic similarity inspired the name.

What is a cartomizer/cartomiser?

A cartomizer (US) or cartomiser (UK) is a small detachable component of an electric cigarette. They are designed to look like a typical cigarette filter. The cartomizer/cartomiser is the piece that contains the e-liquid. It is the mouth part of the e-cig which you inhale the vapour through.

What is an atomizer/atomiser?

An atomizer/atomiserย (US/UK) is a device that is used to emit the e-liquid as a fine spray or mist. The atomizer/atomiser is heated by the battery and on contact with e-liquid it almost instantly vaporizes the juice, producing a cloud of vapour that is inhaled into the lungs of the user.

What is a clearomizer/clearomiser?

A clearomizer (US) clearomiser (UK) is another term for the atomizer. It is the component that holds the e-liquid and is heated by the battery – this is the part that the vapour is inhaled through. It was given its name due to its transparency, this transparency allows the user to visualise the e-liquid and monitor the amount of liquid vaped or indicate when the device needs refilling.

What is an e-pipe?

E-pipes are just another form of vaporizer, they are styled to look like traditional tobacco pipes right down to the glowing tobacco heap. The e-pipe is a clear example of how e-smoking is looking to appeal to all forms of tobacco smokers.

What is a cannabis vaporiser?

A cannabis vaporizer is a device which allows the user to vape cannabis instead of smoking or burning it. Vaping cannabis is seen as a healthier option as not so many of the harmful by-products are inhaled. There is no need for tobacco when cannabis is vaporized.

Can you vaporize alcohol?

Yes you can vaporize alcohol and there are specific alcohol vaporizer out there to buy. The alcohol you vape has to be strong, you wont get a good hit off a Budweiser! The actual effect of vaping alcohol is under scrutiny, lots of users tried vaping alcohol but the general opinion was that they didn’t get as drunk compared to drinking. However, if you are concerned about the amount of calories in alcohol then vaporizing could be a good alternative as the process reduces the amount of calories absorbed by the body. You could say that vaping alcohol is better for your waistline.

 

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