When's the last time you've asked yourself this question?
It's kinda late in the week, so it's the perfect time to get meta about our the defining recreational activity of Generation Z (and Y, X).
Let's take a look at the facts.
The fine folks over at the Center On Addiction says that:
"Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles."
That's clear enough.
Now let's look at the question again.
Q: What is vaping?
A: So vaping is (1) not the same as inhaling tobacco smoke, (2) it's also not a water vapor, because water vapor contains fine particles. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol produced by an e-cigarette or similar vape pen device.
But the answer above begs a question, which is:
Q: What is aerosol?
A: For those of you that skipped chemistry class, Wikipedia says aerosol is a suspension of fine solid particles or liquid droplets in air or another gas (I also skipped chemistry class).
So now we know, vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the suspension of fine solid particles, because we know the vapor of e-cigarettes is not the same as water vapor which contains fine particles or liquid droplets. But ...
Didn't the center on addiction just say that vape vapor doesn't contain fine particles? Okay fine, so no particles.
But what are we actually inhaling?
Q: What is inhaled in vaping?
A: You vape/smoke e-liquid when you vape (the term smoke is used out of habit rather than as a matter of fact, because vaping is NOT smoking). The e-liquid in vaporizer products usually contains a propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin-based liquid with nicotine and flavoring, but not tobacco.
So there you have it, "vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling aerosol, that do not contain fine particles, made from vegetable glycerin-based liquid with, or without nicotine (because premium labels like FLOW have zero nicotine options), and flavoring, but not tobacco." Quote me on this.
Now when people ask you "What IS vaping?", you can give them this definition.
*This article is provided by FLOW, because FLOW values transparency. We get it, because we vape too, and we like to know what we are putting into our bodies as well.