Wait long enough, and anything seems to be made electronic. Electronic cigarettes (“e-cigs”) are the leap from paper, filter, and fire to battery, cartridge, and atomizer.
E-cigarettes vaporize a small reservoir of liquid into a mist. This mist is usually a combination of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), nicotine and flavor. PG and VG are safe substances commonly used in medical and hygiene products to deliver active ingredients. The act is called “vaping” and users are often called “vapers.” Like most electronic products, e-cigarettes can be self-contained and disposable or compartmental and customizable. The three basic parts are the battery (for power), the cartridge (which contains the liquid), and the atomizer (the piece that vaporizes the liquid). True vaping enthusiasts can engage in “modding” — the use of more versatile (often bigger and more complex) parts to precisely control the strength, weight, intensity, and overall texture of the vapor they get out of their electronic cigarette.