I think it's a good question: I live in Colorado where we have access to multiple different kinds of “vape.” Let's start with the easy one, the nicotine vaporizer, these vapes work by sending an electrical current to a coiled wire that heats around a cotton or other absorbant material that is soaked in “juice” or “e-juice” which is a mixture of volatile organic alchohols and flavors and include a certain amount of nicotine, 0mg, 3mg and 6mg are standard with 12mg being at the higher end. You can see the vapes working details from the video on the left side.
This vaporzer usually is usued by smokers who are trying to quit smoking cigarette, or want nicotine without the harsh smell and taste. There is no tar and limited carcinogenic ingredients associated with nicotine vaporizers. Also severe reduction in second hand smoke. A nicotine vaporizer may not necessary contain nicotine, there is a vaping movement with many younger people vaporizing 0mg juice because they like the flavor and individuality they can put into the vaporizer. The Disposable vaporizers exist of all kinds, they are cheap and disposable for a reason, but they suck.In Colorado, and many other legal states (and most others just under the radar) there exists what is know as the marijuana vaporizer. These usually operate under one of two conditions, liquid vaporizer and solid vaporizer. A liquid vaporizer uses a pre loaded solution of thc, cbd and activated cannabinoids in varying amounts, they flow by density change due to heat into a heating chamber where they are heated to vaporization. Solid vaporizers act as a sort of hot plate below a funnel, solid cannabis concentrate(aka dabs, shatter, wax, resin etc.) As the solid concentrate heats melts and flows to the hotplate it is vaporized. I know I rambled but to answer your question, it depends on what you mean by vape: because the answer could be: no(0mg) or yes(marijuana or nicotine). But no, vaping is completely different than smoking which involves heating plant material well beyond is vaporization point, to it's combustion point.
Replaceable Juice and Resin panel of Shogun UNIV Vape Kit,please click the picture.