Reasons to Switch to Vaping

imagesNeed some motivation to move beyond tobacco, smoke, tar, ash, and all the problems they entail? Here’s a list of reasons to improve your lifestyle by switching to e-cigarettes, there’s a lot to gain and nothing to lose!

-Cost: We all like saving money, and since cigarettes are a very expensive habit, switching to e-cigs can cut those costs dramatically.

-Freedom: With all of the bans and rules placed on cigarette smoking, having additional freedoms, like being able to smoke in public, or indoors makes vaping much more fun.

-Your Family: Chances are, like the family members of most smokers, they have never been thrilled about your smoking habit. Ease their minds a bit by switching to vapor. Bonus points if you have kids, because you will be setting a much better example for them by ditching the tobacco. How would you feel if they eventually started smoking?

-Your Job: Getting through a stressful day will be so much easier without having to schedule in smoke breaks. In some cases, even being able to vape on the job is possible, and surely to make your time on the clock easier.

-The Smell: Oh, that lingering odor that marks you as a smoker. You know how it clings to everything, making you, your home and car smell like absolute smoky nastiness? Imagine if it were gone for good, and you could enjoy the pleasure of clean air and not smelling gross!

-The Burden: Cigarettes involve maintenance on many levels; like cleaning up after your trail of ash and cigarette butts. They can only be smoked in designated areas. You tend to be self conscious about how you smell and look when you use them. You can often be paranoid using them around other people because you get worried about offending them with your smoke. With e-cigs, all of that is gone!

-Your Health: There is no proof that e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative, but they do provide the same experience and sensations as smoking, without involving tobacco, residual tar, smoke, or any of the thousands of chemicals that get added in.

-You Want Options: Digital smoking is much more in tune with the times than old fashioned tobacco cigarettes. With e-cigs, you have the option to use different accessories, flavors, nicotine strengths, and battery types; tobacco cigarettes offer not even a sliver of the same choices.

-Conveniences: Do we have to explain this one? Convenience is a big decision maker, and e-cigs give you a whole lot more of it than you’re likely used to with smoke.

Convinced yet? Switching will make life in general more convenient, and it will give you a lot more modern amenities; are you ready for an upgrade from old-fashioned smoke? Give one of our e-cigarette starter kits a try today!

The Most Littered Item in the World: Cigarettes

cigarette-butts-2As if you needed another reason to drop the cigarettes for good, recent news tells us that cigarettes are the world’s most polluted item. And there’s a lot of pollution in this big wide world of ours! Electronic cigarettes are the more environmental choice for tons of reasons, and when you consider that it’s the responsibility of every person to keep this planet clean, it’s one more (really good) reason to make the switch to alternative smoking options.

Perhaps the problem with cigarettes is, is that they are just too easy to drop on the ground when they’re finished being smoked. Maybe the smokers who drop them just assume because they are so small, it doesn’t really matter. Sure, they’re tiny, insignificant, finished, seemingly made of paper that may biodegrade, but in reality they are anything but!

Cigarette butts are loaded with toxins, the filters are made of additional chemicals that do not actually biodegrade, and when they hit the ground, they unleash all of these chemicals into the environment where they are tossed. Lovely, isn’t it?

When cigarette butts are left laying around, floating in bodies of water, and piled into the ground, they are a constant target of wildlife. Fish, marine mammals and birds typically mistake them for food and eat them, with often ill consequences.

While it may seem like pollution isn’t that big of a problem, it is on a global scale. Cigarettes belong trash bins when they are done; nowhere else, no exceptions. As casually acceptable as some smokers find discarding their cigarettes this way to be, it isn’t.

If you’re looking for a better way to smoke, and to avoid being a part of this massive environmental problem, consider electric cigarettes. They are very much reusable for a long period of time. The cartridges and liquids used in them usually go a long distance, much farther than a single pack of cigarettes. Because cartridges are made of plastic or metal of some sort, they are much easier to toss in a receptacle, as opposed to on the ground somewhere; most people will not be changing their cartridges in such casual settings anyway. They accumulate less waste overall, promote recycling for disposal, and they encourage users to use a single product for a longer period of time instead of constant (often irresponsible) disposal.

Looking to make the switch to electronic cigarettes now? Check out our e-cigarette starter kits; there’s no better place to start!

Optima and Valentine’s Day: A Match Made in Heaven

323766729400407437_1357669095Valentine’s Day is coming up, and surely you’ve put some thought into this international day of love! Whether you love it or hate it, February 14th means one thing, and one thing only! This year, if you are looking for the right gift to give someone who smokes cigarettes, or uses low quality e-cigarettes, go with Optima Cigs. As different as it seems, simple and unique often makes for the best gifts. And who knows, you could be changing the life of a special person forever; what could be more romantic than that?

E-cigarettes, especially e-cigarette starter kits are gifts that go a lot further than one night. After the embers fade into the wee hours of February 15th, you will probably have eaten all the chocolates and the flowers may even be wilting already. Not e-cigs; they are a gift that goes a lot further, and keep on giving. Plus, doing something original is always nice; predictable gets boring. And when it comes to love, take it from us, boring is never a good thing!

Another great benefit of giving electronic cigarettes is that they are so much more cost effective than the traditional version. In fact, they are much more cost effective than giving conventional Valentine’s Day gifts! A single kit can allow the user to make up hundreds of dollars that would have been otherwise spent burning through cigarettes; how many gifts are so thoughtful they help to save money?

Valentine’s Day seems to really exploit the pleasures of taste, and you really don’t need to give that up if you are giving e-cigs as a gift. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes come in a multitude of incredible flavors, and can please any palate. So enhance the romance of the gift by adding extra flavor cartridges in sultry flavors like cherry or java.

If your sweetie smokes, an e-cigarette starter kit is a loving way to show how much you care about them. It says more than a typical drug store gift can, and lets them know you want the best for them, in a smoke-free, tobacco-free kind of way! Don’t do the obvious this Valentine’s Day; go with Optima!

Vaping at Work: What you need to know

vapers-collageThere’s been a lot of buzz about electronic cigarettes in the workplace. It can be a topic as controversial as smoking itself, as some employers allow them to be used freely, and others deem them no different than traditional cigarettes; citing more research is needed before they can be allowed. As e-cigarettes gain popularity, many employers are seeing them as an ideal compromise to traditional cigarettes, which have long been an issue in the workplace. Here’s what you need to know about e-smoking at work, and how to handle the situation if your work environment is new to the whole electronic cigarette thing.

In many circumstances, employers see e-cigarettes as a great alternative to tobacco. They are fine with employees using them at their discretion, knowing they carry no smell, no second smoke, and the vapor basically dissipates into the air without a trace. In many places, it allows smokers to enjoy their e-cigs as they work, without the constant interruption of cigarette breaks, or coming back into the workplace smelling foul and creating an additional disturbance for others.

However, not all places of work are as tolerant, seeing e-cigs as too new to be allowed casually. In these cases, employees typically have to use them under the same rules that apply to traditional cigarettes: outdoors, in a designated location.

If your workplace is on the fence about e-smoking, here are some tips to provide your boss with to help them understand more about electronic cigarettes.

-Everyone involved should be educated on what e-cigarettes are, what they look like, and how to distinguish their appearance from traditional cigarettes. Awareness is key.

-Employers as well as e-smoking employees should be knowledgeable and understanding that these products require proper disposal in regards to electronic cigarette batteries, as they are considered to be electronic waste. Batteries do last a long time, so there would not be a heavy influx of batteries getting disposed of, however.

-Some areas have restrictions regarding smoking in the workplace, including some local governments, 29 states and the District of Columbia. While these laws do not apply to e-cigs, some places are stricter than others in regards to it.

Above all, if your employer is interested in allowing e-cigarettes in the workplace, just a minimal amount of research will be necessary. The most important step towards tolerance is awareness, and for employers, boosting productivity can be a very big motivator!

Using your Starter Kit

premium_plus_kit_265x265When it comes to starter kits, the market has a lot of options for you. When it comes to our starter kits, we have a great selection, and highly recommend them all depending on your needs and budget. When you are first starting out, we highly suggest using one of our kits because you get everything you need, and are able to start right away once you receive it.

When Your Kit Arrives

When your e-cigarette starter kit arrives at your doorstep, you may be surprised by how small it is, but remember e-cigs are not big! Depending on which package you ordered, you will receive one or two batteries, a couple of chargers; most likely the wall and USB ones, and a certain amount of cartridges.

When you get your batteries, have a good look at them, they may have some power to them and may not seem like they need charging before you use them. Charge them up to full capacity regardless, as it is the proper way to do things, and it ensures a better performance from your battery. When charging your battery, wait until it reaches 100% capacity before removing it from the charger, and do not leave it on the charger longer than necessary; that can also contribute to less than optimal performance.

After charging, you will be ready to vape. Connect your cartridge to the battery, and have a go at it! We recommend taking small, quick puffs to prime your battery; this contributes to better vapor production and throat hits.

What You Need to Know About Cartridges

Your starter kit will come with either 5 or 10 cartridges, which last according to your usage. After a couple days of vaping, especially if you are vaping continuously, you probably want to reorder cartridges to avoid running out. You will probably have a good idea about flavors, and which you’d like, so that most likely won’t be an issue.

Accessories

Depending on what your kit came with, you may want to upgrade to having a few additional accessories to work with. If your e-cigarette starter kit only came with one battery, definitely get at least one more because you will probably need it for those times when the first battery is charging. Our selection of e-cigarette cases is also great, and having one can help you stay organized and keep your e-cigs safe; consider using one for all of your storage needs.

 

Why E-Cigarettes Are Lighting Up the Competition

4017120_origVaping has gotten so popular in recent times, some smokers may refer to e-cigs as just a trend. However, they are proving to be far beyond just a fad, as so many smokers have taken to their many positive attributes and acquired a new lifestyle in the process.

More Options, More Access

Smokers are surely sick of being told “no.” Of not being able to smoke as they please in the company of others, in most public spaces, indoors, and often whenever they like. How e-cigarettes work allows them to recreate the cigarette experience without any tobacco, therefore producing no smoke. Having an alternative that brings about more ability to have what you want and when you want it makes life more pleasant, and just a little nicer than having to scheme anytime you want to sneak a smoke in.

Choice is Yours

Unlike buying a pack of smokes, you’ve got more choices than just the brand and two flavor options with electric cigarettes. You can choose flavor, nicotine level, which battery style you want, as well as the accessories you want to use. Choices are great, all smokers are different. Vaping gives you more!

Big Savings

Everyone wants to save money, especially smokers who chuck out very unhealthy sums to support the habit. Vaping costs a lot less, with so many more benefits. It’s painful to spend in upwards of $10 a pack everyday for pack-a-day smokers! Please tell me why anyone is still lighting up with tobacco?

Simplicity is Key to Happiness

E-cigs are simpler to use, handle, maintain, and deal with than traditional cigarettes. Ask any e-smoker. Sure there is a bit of a learning curve involved in the beginning, but seriously? Did you figure out how to do all those snazzy tricks with your smart phone right off the bat? Exactly. Electronic cigarettes take the whole concept of smoking and simplify it in a very efficient, modern, mess-free, hassle-free way. They’ll make you happier!

E-Cigs: Use them Anywhere?

112919_most_people_smoking_electronic_cigarettes_in_one_place-300x177When it’s said that electronic cigarettes can be used anywhere, can this really be done? For the most part, yes, actually. Unless there are specific bans, and specific rules that say they are not to be used somewhere, the amount of public places where you can vape far exceeds places you are able to smoke traditional cigarettes.

Some banned places are obvious, like on airplanes, where there are tight restrictions on many types of electronic products, but otherwise you’ve got enormous freedoms that were never possible with tobacco.

At Work

Unlike cigarettes, which haven’t been allowed in the workplace in at least 30 years, many employers are totally cool with employees vaping as they work. It boosts productivity for smokers who are likely to be taking too many breaks. Vaping doesn’t have the negative consequences for those nearby like cigarette smoke, and they have no smell so they do not bother anyone. Smokers can cost employers more money than nonsmokers, so in many cases they are happy to accept electronic smoking into the picture because of their many benefits to their employees who would otherwise be a liability by smoking tobacco.

At Restaurants and Bars

Keeping customers happy usually means more sales in the hospitality industry, and e-cigarettes allow smokers to smoke and nonsmokers to be happy in restaurants and bars. Restaurant owners have found that allowing customers the ability to vape as they please keeps them in the location longer, which comes out to more sales. They also cause no drama with nonsmokers, making e-cigs perfect for social settings.

In Public Transportation

In metropolitan areas, millions of people rely on public transportation to conveniently get around, even though it comes with it’s own variety of stresses. If you lit up a cigarette on a public bus, you’d definitely raise some eyebrows, and most likely get asked to stop. Vaping with e-cigarettes on the other hand, will not be an issue most of the time because no one will smell the vapor, nor breathe in any second hand smoke, making them the better option if you want to pass time more smoothly while commuting.

Freedom to do as you please is a great thing, especially when you don’t make anyone uncomfortable. If you spend any amount of time outside of your home, e-cigarettes are the better choice for enjoying your nicotine: however you like, whenever you like, wherever you like!

 

 

Which Starter Kit is For You?

premium_plus_kit_265x265The right starter kit can make or break your experience with vaping, especially if you are just getting into the whole electronic smoking thing. Starter kits can include more or less products, they can be loaded with everything or scaled down to just the necessities.

Before buying, think about your individual tastes. Are you one for having a lot of products in general? Do you like having a variety of options, and like to mix things up? Or what about your lifestyle; are you constantly busy, running around, and never in one place at a time? If that sounds like your style, you probably want a starter kit with more accessories and batteries. If you don’t have the time to be strictly anchored to a wall to ensure your batteries stay charged, you need options like the car charger and USB charger. The Optima Premium Plus Starter Kit will be your best bet, offering state of the art technology, a large assortment of products, and just about everything you could need at any time to keep your vaping satisfying.

If you’re the type who prefers to live by the “less is more” mentality, the more basic starter kit will be right up your alley. It also happens to be a very cost effective option. Sometimes having too many products can be confusing, frustrating, or get in the way of your need for simplicity. If this happens to be a common theme for you, know that we’ve got you covered with the Optima Basic Starter Kit.

If for some reason you are stuck in the middle, and are not sure which starter kit will work out better for you, (and this does happen often) we offer a middle of the road package, the Optima Premium Starter Kit.

When starting to vape, it may be difficult deciding which starter kit to go for. Do you want more or less products and accessories? How much do you want to spend? What will you particularly need? One thing to keep in mind before ordering is to get a feel for the products, and especially learn about the different batteries and accessories so that you know exactly what you’re purchasing. The more informed you are, the more comfortable you will be with your decision, and the more likely you will be to enjoy your electronic cigarettes!

Still Smoking? Here Are 10 Reasons to Try E-Cigarettes

quitsmokingcigaretteE-cigarettes are revolutionizing the way smoking is enjoyed. They have changed the game entirely, and brought about an incredibly modern movement that is set to become a billion-dollar industry this year. So if you’re still puffing away on tobacco, have you thought about giving vapor a go? If you haven’t, here are 10 reasons to try them out. Who knows, you may come to realize how awesome it can be to go smoke-free!

  1. They cost less. Way less. And we all know how expensive cigarettes can be, especially if you live in a major metropolitan locale.
  2. E-cigs are more versatile; you have many more options as to where you can smoke them. You can also customize your products to your liking.
  3. No horrendous smell. Vapor is so much cleaner than smoke! It doesn’t stick to surfaces or stick around for the long haul, making your life smell stale.
  4. Those crazy chemicals that get laced into traditional cigarettes aren’t welcome with e-liquids.
  5. There is no tobacco, so nothing actually gets burned as you smoke. This means no tar and no ash.
  6. No toxin-loaded filters.
  7. E-cigs are better for the environment; not easy to pollute with, they’re reusable, and they last much longer.
  8. No need for lighters, matches, gum to conceal your smoker’s breath, or tons of fragrance to mask the smell.
  9. You’ve got more convenient options; such as our Cartridge Replenishment Program that hooks you up with automatic deliveries of your e-cigarette cartridges.
  10.  Convenience in mass quantities. You can use them around nearly anyone because they do not emit smoke, have no smell, and simply are not cigarettes.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The many benefits, and ways electronic cigarettes can fit into your lifestyle are incredible. They are much more in tune with modern life than tobacco cigarettes, and they truly offer a digital alternative that is making a huge difference in the lives of others. Yes, they look awesome, feel  amazing, and give smokers a lot of freedom but in order to get the full scope of what e-cigarettes do, you’ve got to try them!

College Campuses and Smoke

Cigarettes were always part of the college stereotype. Back in the day, it was even perfectly acceptable to use them in actual lecture halls!

These days though, smoking cigarettes has become so passé, they are actually banned on many campuses. Having a smoke-free environment gives a cleaner image, it encourages less people to pick up the habit, and it encourages an immaculate campus without cigarette pollution. Many schools that institute a no-smoking policy go so far as to ticket those caught illegally smoking cigarettes, so if you find yourself in such a predicament, you may want to find an alternate method of having nicotine.

At the same time, it’s no secret that nicotine has an amazing sensation. It offers truly indulgent feelings of relaxation and calming. If you’re stressed, it helps to take that irritated edge off, and if you’re having a good time, it can just make things better. But even with all the positives, we all know the problems that are part of tobacco smoke; and campuses are looking to protect those who are not up for the unpleasantness.

So what’s a stressed-out college smoker to do to avoid breaking the rules, face possible tickets, and get their nicotine fix in an appropriate manner? Invest in an electronic cigarette starter kit, learn how to use it, get creative with the flavors, and get comfortable being smoke-free! The world of vaporized nicotine is pretty wonderful, offering all that you love about smoking traditional cigarettes, without any of the aspects that get in the way, or cause you to get fined when using them on your college campus!

While banning cigarettes is a very responsible move on the part of many institutions of higher learning, it does create a great number of burdens for students who smoke. If you are a college student who doesn’t want to deal with the smoking ban any longer, consider using e-cigarettes. They’ll appease your school and give you the satisfaction you crave.

E-cigarettes bridge the gap. They offer all the pleasure and provide none of the setbacks, so they’re sure to add one less distraction to the already distracting world of college life! If you’re looking to smoke, go with the smarter alternative.