E-Cigs: Learn the Lingo

As with any community, e-cig users have developed unique terms and slang. We at KRAVE® have put together a quick cheat sheet of the basic terms you need to know for vaping.


This is the term used to describe using your e-cig. You should never say that you “smoke” or are “smoking” an e-cig, as these are terms that refer to cigarettes.

The best thing about KRAVE® e-cigs is that you can vape them almost everywhere!

First Generation

Also called “cig-alikes” or shortened to first gen. This was the first e-cig to become popular. They look and feel like real cigarettes, and can be either disposable or reusable.

I personally like first gen e-cigs better since they are less maintenance and lighter.

Second Generation

Can be shortened to second gen. These are the mid-size e-cigs that look like pens. They are heavier and bigger than first gen e-cigs, and look nothing like an actual cigarette. Second gen e-cigs use e-liquid, or e-juice, that comes in a variety of flavors.

The best thing about second gen e-cigs is that there are a ton of flavors to choose from.


The disposable part of your e-cig that holds the e-liquid. In first gen e-cigs, you attach the cartridge to your rechargeable e-cig. Once it runs out of e-liquid, you replace it with a new cartridge. E-cig cartridges come in a variety of flavors and nicotine levels.

Which cartridge should I get for my KRAVE® e-cig?


These are one time use e-cigs that generally last for about 300 puffs. They come in a number of different flavors.

I think disposable e-cigs are perfect for people who only casually vape.


This stands for “all day vape” and refers to an e-liquid that you never get tired of vaping.

Have you tried this juice yet? It’s my new ADV.

Dry Hit

When you take a hit of your e-cig and no vapor is produced. This usually happens when you have run out of e-liquid.

I thought I had more hits left in my KRAVE® e-cig, but I just took a dry hit.

Now you know the lingo, you’re ready to start vaping. Our KRAVE® starter kits are perfect for those new to the world of e-cigs. For more on vape culture, be sure to check out our blog!