Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Electronic Cigarette Vocabulary & Slang

The number of electronic cigarette users is growing rapidly, and with them, a new vocabulary is emerging. Many of the electronic cigarette vocabulary is second nature to our loyal Viking Vapor fans, but some aren’t as well known or as commonly used.

Here’s our list of electronic cigarette vocabulary and slang, hopefully it’ll help you navigate your e-cig purchases easier.

  • Electronic cigarette: It looks like a cigarette, it smokes (sort of) like a cigarette, but it contains none of the toxins that traditional cigarettes carry. The electronic cigarette is a tech-y looking cigarette that is smoked as a normal cigarette would, but produces vapor rather than smoke.
    • Slang: “E-Cigarette,” “E-Cig,” “ECig,” “eCig”
  • Personal Vaporizer: Another name for an electronic cigarette, some users prefer this term because it drops the sometimes negatively-associated word “cigarette.” Personal Vaporizer is an accurate term, because the vapor is produced by process of vaporization of the liquid in the electronic cigarette.
    • Slang: “PV”
  • Cartridge: The cartridge is essentially the mouthpiece of the e-cig; it holds the liquid that is vaporized and is where the “e-smoker” puffs. Cartridges can come pre-filled with the e-cig refill liquid or not.
    • Slang: “Cart,” “Carty”
  • Atomizer: The atomizer is what makes the electronic cigarette smoking experience happen; its where the e-liquid is heated and vaporized.
    • Slang: “Atty”
  • Cartomizer: A cartomizer is a cart-atty combo; the cartomizer combines the atomizer and the cartridge in one piece. It’s easier to assemble and begin using your electronic cigarette than having a separate cartridge and atomizer.
    • Slang: “Carto”
  • Electronic Cigarette Liquid: The e-cig liquid is what makes e-cigs so popular! The electronic cigarette liquid is what fills the cartridges, and is the liquid that is vaporized by the atomizer. It provides flavor to the user and can be customized to include or withhold nicotine. For many users who previously smoked traditional cigarettes, they prefer tobacco e-liquid, for the smoky flavor. There’s a huge world of e-cig fans who discuss and review the best e-liquid flavors so you can sift through for recommendations on flavors or companies.
    • Slang: “E-Cig Refill Liquid,” “Smoke Juice,” “E-Juice,” “E-Liquid”
  • Cart Helpers: Cart Helpers are labels, printed with the name of the e-liquid flavor, used to label cartridges and atomizers. They help vapers remember which flavors they've been using in the e-cigs.
  • Vaper: A vaper describes a user of e-cigs; rather than being called “smokers,” a vaper is more accurate and releases the “smoking” association.
  • Vape, Vaping: Similar to vaper, vape/vaping are the verbs used to describe the action of using electronic cigarettes. Because water (e-liquid) is vaporized when inhaled with e-cigs rather than tobacco puffed through combustion with traditional cigarettes, vaping is more accurate.
    • Slang: “Vape,” “Vaping,” “E-Smoking”
  • Throat Hit: A throat hit is what vapers note that they feel on the back of their throat as they inhale an e-cig. The way a throat hit feels varies per vaper and depends on a few factors: mainly the nicotine level of the e-liquid, but also can depend on e-liquid quality, proper e-cig usage and more.
    • Standard Throat Hit: This is the normal throat hit experienced by vapers, not too strong but satisfying and most preferred.
    • Full Flavor Throat Hit: This is a strong throat hit, it may feel like a burning in your lungs right after inhaling.
    • Filterless Throat Hit: This is the strongest throat hit available.
  • Propylene Glycol: This is a natural, colorless, odorless organic compound that is classified as “generally recognized as safe” for use as a food additive by the US FDA.
    • Slang: “PG”
  • Vegetable Glycol: Vegetable Glycerin or Glycol, is an organic compound used to sweeten various products. Some vapers have a PG allergy, which is why we offer a VG only option or a PG/VG mix.
    • Slang: “VG”
  • Nicotine Level: Many e-liquids can be customized to include nicotine. For an ex-smoker, including nicotine in the e-liquid helps fight the urge to retreat back to smoking. Though e-cigs are not an approved smoking cessation device, including nicotine is noted to help fight sudden urges. Having a higher nicotine level delivers a stronger throat hit when inhaled. At Viking Vapor, all of the e-liquids can be customized to include nicotine levels from 0 mg to 36 mg. We mix our e-liquids strictly and offer consistent nicotine levels based on the mixing option you choose.
    • Slang: “Nic” Level
  • Thinning E-Liquid Flavor: To “thin” an e-liquid means to even out the flavor of the e-juice, especially for e-liquids with a high VG mix, which tends to be thick. Thinning it helps the e-liquid work better with a carto and evens out the flavor. Viking Vapor e-liquids can all be customizable, so contact us if you’re worried about your custom e-liquid being too thick and we can make sure it’s perfect for what you want!

We know that you avid vapers have more e-cig slang – or are developing new and clever ways to discuss all things electronic cigarette. Write in the comments section about any vocabulary or slang we left out, or new and emerging jargon you see!

As always continue to buy e-liquids online at Viking Vapor – we offer over 100 completely customizable e-cig flavors, at the low price of $9.95 for 30 ml of e-liquid.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Best E Cigarettes E-Liquid for the Holidays

As we’re coming into the chillier winter months, nostalgic memories of warm apple cider or freshly baked pecan pie may generate some cravings for holiday foods. There’s no need to break out the recipe book and heat up the oven, you can enjoy these holiday treats easily – and with less calories – through a specialty e cigarette e juice flavor.

Here at Viking Vapor, we pride ourselves in offering a huge selection of more than 100 e-liquid flavors, all of which are completely customizable for taste, PG/VG added levels and more. With the holidays in mind, we’ve compiled our top 5 favorite e cig e liquid flavors for the winter months.

  1. RY # 4 : this robust tobacco flavor is rounded out with hints of sweetness through the vanilla and caramel flavors. We’ve perfected the combination of tobacco flavor with vanilla e liquid for an unmatched Ry # 4 e juice flavor. It’s a Viking Vapor fan favorite and is sure to be a hit this winter. There’s nothing like vaping the taste of tobacco to warm you up.
  2. Graham Cracker & Chocolate Hazelnut: Coinciding with the spike in firepits outside, a s’more-inspired e cig refill liquid is gaining popularity as well. You can custom mix your own s’more e juice flavor if you prefer a stronger chocolate flavor or want to add a hint of vanilla e-liquid, or simply order the s’more e-liquid and add customizations on the check-out screen there.
  3. Egg Nog: Craving a thick cup of egg nog this holiday season? Viking Vapor offers a realistic egg nog flavor that mimics the dairy, brandy combinations of a real glass. Just like the real deal, egg nog ecig eliquid may not be for everyone; however, if you are someone who looks forward to egg-nog-filled fridges around the holidays, try vaping our egg nog-inspired e cig e-liquid.
  4. Chocolate & Pecan: If you’re salivating for a choco-pecan pie e-liquid flavor, this is a great combination to try. Chocolate e cig e liquid is one of our top sellers, and it’s sure to satisfy when mixed with the unique flavors of pecan ejuice.
  5. Peppermint & Chocolate: Yet another classic taste around the holidays, vape a Peppermint and Chocolate e liquid mix that makes you think of choco-covered candy canes.

Do you have any favorite holiday e-liquid flavors? Let us know your favorite combinations, or comment and tell us about flavors you’d like to see. We’re a 100% American-made, family-owned and operated e cig company and striving to meet your needs!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

E Cigarettes: An Easy Way to Quit Smoking?

Electronic cigarettes are rising in popularity and until now, there has been limited discourse about using these “e-cigs” as a method to quit smoking. As a relatively new technology pending a stamp of approval from the FDA, electronic cigarette companies have federal restrictions on what they can and cannot say to consumers. To further complicate things, e-cigs have been in big tobacco’s cross hairs for several years now and they want to prevent the e-cig industry from capturing any market share. It’s no secret… e-cigs face numerous challenges, but the bottom line is that with almost 25% of the American public self-describing as regular smokers, an easy and successful smoking cessation method is necessary. E-cig users post in forums trying to spread the word about their success stories using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking, but e-cigs are still forbidden to be classified as smoking cessation devices.

Some long-term cigarette smokers claim that forgoing the habit of putting a cig to their mouth and puffing is half the battle when quitting; e-cigs engage those anxious and fidgety fingers and mimic the ritual of pulling off a cigarette… an experience that smoking cessation options like nicotine-infused gum or patches simply do not provide. Pulling out an electronic cigarette, choosing a tobacco e liquid flavor and “vaping” mirrors the action of smoking, without the toxic smoke, chemical additives and cigarette tar.

Thankfully now the public is challenging the illogical legislation and legal barriers prohibiting marketing e-cigarettes as alternative smoking devices.

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, or CASAA, is rallying support for a petition to “recognize electronic cigarettes as an effective alternative to smoking.” The pro e-cig petition, which also plays up the fact that sponsoring e-cigs will support e-cig related job creation, launched Sept. 27, 2011 and has already exceeded their petition goal of 5,000 signatures in one month - as of Oct. 20, 2011, the petition carried the support of an overwhelming 5,109 signatures and is still gaining more.

The petition mentions that tobacco smoking costs the American public over $100 billion dollars in health care costs every year and affects work productivity in users. The petition rallies for the White House to support electronic cigarette technology as a smoking cessation method, which will in turn reduce health care costs, smoking-related deaths and generate jobs in the new industry.

Visit CASAA on Facebook to learn more about ways to get involved to eliminate smoking and stay up to date with news regarding smoking alternative solutions. If you’re interested in trying out electronic cigarettes, visit Viking Vapor for a huge selection of more than 100 e cig e liquid flavors, like the top selling Vanilla e-liquid or Tobacco ejuice flavor.

Have you had a success using e-cigs to quit smoking? Are you in favor of a toxic-smoke-free U.S.A.? Do you support job creation in this new industry? Visit We the People to sign the e-cig petition, recognizing e-cigs as smoking alternative solutions.

Welcome to Viking Vapor!

We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Viking Vapor Blog and illustrate how easy it is to design your perfect e cigarettes e-liquid through our site. In addition to being able to choose your preference of PG, VG or a Mix you’ll note that each of our more than 100 e cigarette flavors comes with a ‘custom mixing instructions’ field. This field is your key to the perfect e-cig refill liquid! Feel free to utilize this field to add instructions such as: lighter flavoring, add sweetener or add 30% chocolate to this. For example, if you’d like an extremely sweet Strawberry Cotton Candy you would simply order the Cotton Candy e liquid flavoring and add instruction requesting additional sweetener and strawberry flavoring. Imagine the variety of e cig e liquid flavors you can create!

And don’t forget, all standard flavor 30ml bottles are just $9.95 with 7.5ml samples available at $2.99. E-liquid orders with a product total exceeding $50.00 ship for FREE, courtesy of Viking Vapor!

We thank you very much for your business and be sure to let us know if there is anything we may do to assist you further in your ecig juice needs!

Larry Knudson
Viking Vapor