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E-Cig Abbreviations

E-Cig Abbreviations

When you first start learning about e-cigs, it is a good idea to learn all of the most common abbreviations.  Just like when you were first introduced to the internet you learn “lol”, well now that you are first being introduced to the e-cig, you must learn things such as “Analog” or “LR”.  Look below as I tell you the abbreviations and what they mean.


Noob – Beginner
Analog – Regular Cigarette
Mod – Homemade device
Pull – The act of sucking on the mouthpiece to pull the vapor into your mouth
TH – Throat Hit (The tingling sensation in the back of your throat)
Vapor – the “smoke” emitted from an e-cigarette
Vape, Vaping – The use of an e-cigarette (similar to the term “smoking” when referring to an analog)
Topping off – Adding drops of e-liquid to your current cartridge.
Dripping – Vaping by adding a few drops of e-liquid directly on the atomizer instead of using a cartridge.
Dipping – Sticking the bridge of the atomizer in e-liquid.



E-cig or E-cigarette – Electronic Cigarette
PV – Personal Vaporizer
Atty – Atomizer
Cart – Cartridge
Carto – Cartomizer
Bat – Battery
Filler – The fiber found inside your cartridge that holds your e-liquid
PCC – Personal Charging Case
SD – ScrewDriver
JS – Janty Stick
PT – Passthrough or passthrough battery
2-piece/Disposable – 2 part e-cigarette. The Battery and a “cartomizer”.
Cartomizer – An atomizer built into the cartridge, marketed as disposable (you throw it away when the e-liquid is used up).
3-piece – 3 part e-cigarette. Battery, Atomizer, and Cartridge.
Cutoff – Refers to how long the battery will activate the atomizer before shutting down (safety measure to protect the atomizer).


E-juice, e-liquid, juice – the liquid nicotine that you fill your cartridges with.
DIY – Do it yourself (homemade e-liquid mixture)
PG – Propylene Glycol
VG – Vegetable Glycerin(Glycerine = glycerin = vegetable glycerin(e) = glycerol)
PEG – Polylethylene Glycol


FDA – Food and Drug Administration
ECA – Electronic Cigarette Association
NRT – Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patch, gum, e-cig)
PH – Public Health
BP – Big Pharmaceutical Companies
BT – Big Tobacco Companies
ALF – American Legacy Foundation
‘Anti’s – Anti-smoking people who do not acknowledge that vaping is a viable alternative to smoking analogs.
RYO – Roll your own (tobacco)

Thanks to “Jolly”  for the abbreviations.

About the author

Blake Brown

Blake is the owner and creator of the Guide To Vaping blog. He has expressed his passion for the vaping industry through his deeply rooted and highly informative content. Being a writer and content provider for the vaping industry for year's, Blake has also gained experience from working with multiple blogs and well respected companies.


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