What is it again?
The term “e-cigarette” is technically a catch-all that includes any battery-operated model that heats its liquid contents. However, often people use “e-cigarette” to refer to a battery-powered tobacco product that’s made to look like traditional cigarettes (hence the nickname “cig-alikes”). They can be disposable or rechargeable. Cig-alikes were the first electronic cigarette model, are typically simple in design (no buttons), and sometimes contain cartridges that the user refills.
A vape, or vaporizer, comes in various models (pen, mod, pod). In general, they are more complex than cig-alikes because they have buttons, flavor options, and stronger output. When you hear “Juul,” you can think of it in this category. “Vaping” can refer to using e-cigs or vapes and simply describes the method by which the substance enters the lungs.
Despite ads claiming that vaping is the safe alternative to smoking, a vape can contain as much nicotine as 1 to 2 packs of traditional cigarettes. It is also possible to vape other substances such as cannabis and alcohol. The liquid inside isn’t actually converted to vapor; it becomes aerosol. Vaping can be highly addictive and increases a person’s risk of Substance Use Disorder and other health problems, especially if the user is under 21.