Glossary

Activism 
Vigorous action or involvement as a means of achieving political or other goals, sometimes by demonstrations, protests, etc. 

Analog 
Regular (tobacco) cigarette 

Atomizer (Atty) 
E-cigarette component that vaporizes liquid 

Battery (Batt) 
Power source for electronic cigarette/personal vaporizer 

Blanks 
Cartridges with dry filler material to be filled with e-liquid by the user. 

BP 
Big Pharmaceutical Companies - Makers of medications and NRT products 

BT 
Big Tobacco Companies - Makers of cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco products 

Carcinogen 
Any cancer-causing substance 

Cartomizer 
A type of cartridge that combines the cartridge and atomizer in one unit 

Cartridge (Cart) 
The part that makes up the mouthpiece for the electronic cigarette and contains a reservoir with filler material to hold the liquid 

Dipping 
The practice of dipping an exposed atomizer coil into e-liquid 

Dripping 
The practice of dripping e-liquid directly onto the atomizer coil 

Dissolvable Tobacco
Smoke-free tobacco products made of finely powdered tobacco and reformed into lozenges, strips or sticks

E-cig 
Electronic Cigarette or Personal Vaporizer 

E-juice 
Slang for e-liquid 

E-liquid 
A liquid with a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin that contains flavoring and may or may not contain nicotine 

ECA 
Electronic Cigarette Association 

ECF 
E-Cigarette-Forum 

FDA 
US Food and Drug Administration 

Filler 
Fiber inside cartridge that holds e-liquid 

Mod 
A modified e-cig or PV device 

Modder 
One who modifies e-cigs / PVs 

Nicotine 
An alkaloid found in tobacco and other plans of the nightshade family 

Nitrosamine 
Chemical produced from nitrates and secondary amines; some types are cancer-causing; found in tobacco and many foods 

No-Nic 
E-liquid that does not contain nicotine 

NRT 
Nicotine Replacement Therapy - An FDA-approved medication for weaning from nicotine 

Personal Vaporizer 
An electronic cigarette/cigar/pipe/box/mod/stick which vaporizes e-liquid 

PG 
Propylene Glycol 

Propylene Glycol 
Colorless liquid used in electronic cigarettes / PVs. Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), used as a food additive and in fog machines. 

PV 
Personal Vaporizer 

Reduced-harm 
Describes a source of nicotine that is less harmful than cigarette smoking 

RtV 
Right To Vape 

Smokeless tobacco 
Tobacco product such as chewing tobacco or snuff 

Snus 
Finely ground snuff in packets held inside the cheek 

Swedish Snus 
Snus made in Sweden that has been treated to remove most of the nitrosamines 

THR 
Tobacco Harm Reduction - Policy or practice of providing less harmful nicotine-containing products 

TSNA 
Tobacco-specific nitrosamine 

Vaper 
One who uses an e-cig or PV 

Vaping 
The act of producing vapor using an electronic cigarette / personal vaporizer 

Vapor 
The mist produced by an e-cig / PV 

VF 
Vapers Forum 

VG 
Vegetable Glycerin - An alternate base for e-liquid