What Is Vape, E-Cigarette, and History

THE E-CIGARETTE

  • THE CARTRIDGE This holds the e-liquid (substance). It comes prefilled or refillable. It is usually combined with an atomizer as one unit.
  • THE ATOMIZER It is a coil that is a heating element that helps convert e-liquid to tiny airborne droplets (aerosol).
  • THE SENSORS E-cigarettes without a power button will turn on when the user inhales through it. E-cigarettes with or without a power button require sensors to turn on.
  • THE BATTERY It is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides enough current to heat the atomizer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit in seconds.
  • Mod Box It is a 3rd generation device that is modifiable (“Mod”) allowing users to change the voltage, coils, and wicks.
  • Sub-Ohm Tank It is made of plastic or metal with a transparent casing so liquid levels can be seen. It contains a lower resistance coil that allows the liquid to heat up faster.
  • Cartridge It is made of plastic or metal with a transparent casing so liquid levels can be seen. It contains an atomizer that heats up the e-liquid.
  • E-Liquid E-liquid is contained in a pod, cartridge, or tank. It is made up of a mixture of substances that includes nicotine, cannabis, and/or flavoring.

How to Classify the User’s E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Product

For an accessible explanation of the schematic below on how to classify e-cigarettes.

Important notes:

  1. E-liquids can contain nicotine, THC, CBD, flavors, or other solvents.
  2. Marijuana herb, hash oil, dab wax are used with vaporizers.

Classifying E-cigarettes, or vaping, product

Disposable E-cigarettes

  • A type of e-cigarette designed to be used one time, only.
  • These devices are not rechargeable or refillable.
  • They are discarded when it runs out of charge or e-liquid.
  • They are designed to mimic the look and feel of combustible cigarettes. These are sometimes referred to as “cigalikes”

E-Cigarettes with Prefilled or Refillable Cartridge

  • A type of rechargeable e-cigarette, or vaping, a product designed to be used multiple times.
  • E-liquid comes in prefilled or refillable cartridges. Substances may include nicotine, cannabis (THC, CBD), flavoring, solvents, or other substances.
  • The cartridge is attached to a battery pen—which contains the battery.
  • Cartridge and battery pens are typically purchased separately. They can be bought in starter packs.

Tanks or Mods

  • A type of rechargeable e-cigarette, or vaping, a product designed to be used multiple times.
  • They are modifiable devices (“mods”), allowing users to customize the substances in the device

Sub-Ohm Tank

  • Sub-ohm tank contains low resistance coils. It is designed to create a large cloud (aerosol) with a stronger delivery or hit of nicotine or other substances.

Sub-ohm tank

Pod Mods

  • Pod Mod is an e-cigarette, or vaping, product with a prefilled or refillable ’pod’ or pod cartridge with a modifiable (mod) system (“Pod-Mods”)
  • These are other examples of fourth-generation devices. Pod Mods come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.
  • Common Pod Mod brands include JUUL® and Suorin ®
  • There are compatible prefilled pod cartridges that contain nicotine, THC, or CBD with or without flavoring.

Pod Mods

  • Pod Mods typically use nicotine salts rather than the freebase nicotine used in most other e-cigarette or vaping, products.
  • Nicotine salts, which have a lower pH than freebase nicotine, allow particularly high levels of nicotine to be inhaled more easily and with less irritation to the throat than freebase nicotine.

Vaporizers

  • An inhalation device used to release the active substances of organic or inorganic materials in the form of an aerosol through the application of non-combusting heat
  • Vaporizers can be used to aerosolize dry herbs, wax, and oil. For example, vaporizers are used to heat marijuana to a point where its active ingredients (e.g., THC) are released in an aerosol and inhaled.

Vape Mods