Our vaping glossary of commonly used terms will help you navigate this rapidly developing category
The heater coil that warms the e-liquid and turns it into vapour.
The power source. This is either activated by pressing a button or inhaling, depending on the device.
A combination of atomiser and cartridge, which is part of a single-use vaping device.
Cannabidiol. One of the 113 cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant. It provides the relaxation of cannabis, without the high, which comes from THC.
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Most devices can be charged with a micro USB cable.
E-cigarettes that look similar to a traditional cigarette.
These contain an atomiser and a cartridge. It has a clear tank and heating coil, and can be reused.
Closed tank system
A vaping device that uses closed e-liquid flavour pods.
Vapour that is exhaled.
A wire heated by the battery. E-liquid is turned into vapour by this part of the device.
A device that can only be used once.
What happens when you overfill the atomiser with e-liquid. It results in a wet, gurgling noise when used.
When e-liquid seeps out of the device.
Milliampere hour. Commonly used to measure the capacity of a battery. The more mAh, the longer it lasts.
The amount of nicotine in an e-liquid per millilitre. The maximum strength legal in the UK is 20mg/ml.
The part of the device that the user inhales through.
An e-liquid that contains the same form of nicotine found in tobacco. It enters the bloodstream quicker and offers a comparable experience to smoking.
A flavourless bottle of nicotine that can be added to short fills.
Nicotine replacement therapy. A controlled way of reducing tobacco consumption over time.
Unit of electrical resistance. The lower the ohm, the faster coils heat up and produce more vapour.
A device that enables consumers to mix in their own e-liquids.
Propylene glycol. The higher this number, the bigger the ‘throat hit’.
A flavour capsule that is built for convenience.
Nicotine-free e-liquid that can be used with open systems.
Vaping with a sub-ohm device increases the amount of flavour produced. Sub-ohm levels are marked as less than one ohm.
The part of the device that holds the e-liquid.
The feeling when vapour hits a user’s throat. Often used to describe the experience to traditional cigarettes.
Vegetable glycerin. The higher this number, the more ‘cloud’ produced by the liquid.