A Simple Guide to Electronic Cigarettes

A quick breakdown of how e-cigs work, their components, and determining the best type of vape setup for your needs

What is an electronic cigarette?

The term electronic cigarette refers to the battery-powered hardware used to vaporize liquid nicotine (known as e-liquid or e-juice) so that it can be inhaled — simulating the tobacco smoking experience, but without the thousands of toxic chemicals produced with combustible tobacco cigarettes.

What components make up an e-cigarette?

Electronic cigarettes come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but the core components include:

  • A clearomizer — or tank — where the e-juice is stored and heated. Tanks come in different sizes and materials, and are usually attached to a mouthpiece.
  • An atomizer, consisting of a heating element (usually a coil) and a wicking material, is the part that actually heats up to convert e-juice into vapor. The quality of atomizers can vary greatly. Some last only a couple weeks and must be disposed of. Others include replaceable parts that can extend their use indefinitely.
  • A rechargeable battery, typically a lithium ion battery, provides power to the atomizer. Batteries are the component with the most diversity in terms of price, quality, size, shape and color.

Tanks and batteries have plenty of diversity in terms of price, quality, size, shape, color and style of vape. At Crescent City Vape, we carry a huge selection of every kind you could want.

E-Cigarettes turn e-juice into vapor without combustion.

Unlike traditional cigarettes that rely on burning tobacco leaves to generate smoke that can be inhaled, e-cigs use a processed liquid that typically contains natural flavorings, vegetable glycerin, and nicotine (usually ranging from 0-36mg in concentration). At Crescent City Vape, we offer only the highest quality e-juice crafted in the USA by the most reputable brands in the industry. Learn more about our e-juice brands and the wide range of flavors we carry.

Types of e-cigarettes and their benefits.

When e-cigs first hit the scene, they were predominantly the disposable kind. Since that time, e-cigarette technology has advanced exponentially, and reusable e-cigarettes — sometimes called personal vaporizers or PVs— have grown in popularity because they provide a far superior vaping experience at a much lower cost over the long run.

These more “open-system” vapes, with refillable e-liquid and replaceable atomizers, also provide a stronger hit and more flavor and vapor.

They are far better for both quitting smoking and having a pleasurable vape.

They last a great deal longer, with only the atomizer (coil) needing regular replacement. At Crescent City Vape we only carry open system vapes because we know they work superbly, provide a vastly better quality experience, and are much more effective at helping people quit smoking.

The newest trend in vaping is toward sub-ohm tanks. These are open-system starter kits or batteries and tanks that provide even more powerful hits with more flavor and/or vapor. These are even better for helping you quit smoking and leaving you happy with your vape.

Disposable e-cigarettes or cheaper quality pen setups like you might buy at a gas station do sometimes work well enough to help a smoker quit tobacco, and are a cheaper initial investment. However, it’s important to note that switching to a better quality, reusable electronic cigarette setup will provide a much more satisfying vaping experience, and comes out much less expensive in the long run.

If you have any questions about electronic cigarettes, e-cig parts and accessories, or anything else, please contact us at (504) 309-8134 or via our contact form. We’re here to help!


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Three Convenient Vape Shops Across New Orleans


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Crescent City Vape

4507 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 309-8134

Sunday – Thursday
11am to 8pm

Friday – Saturday
11am to 10pm

Lower Garden


Crescent City Vape on the Avenue

1224 St. Charles Avenue, Suite B
New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 267-7550

Open Daily:
11am to 7pm



Crescent City Vape Westbank

497 Terry Parkway, Suite B
Terrytown, LA 70056

(504) 309-9295

Open Daily:
10am to 8pm

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