E-Cigarette Myths and Rumors: How to Tell the Truth from Fiction

You may hear a wide variety of things about electronic cigarettes, and they can run the gamut from realistic, to odd, to straight-up wacked, and those that are just plain untrue. How do you tell the difference? Research. And knowledge. And knowing how to distinguish whether someone knows what they are talking about, isn’t sure, or actually knows a thing or two! I guess the same rules could apply to life in general, however when it comes to electronic cigarettes, it really pays to read between the lines!

Some of the most common myths and rumors about e-cigs include the following:

Electronic cigarettes are just as bad as regular cigarettes.

Research is still in its infancy stages when it comes to electronic cigarettes, however there is no proof that they are just as bad, or better, for that matter than tobacco cigarettes.

They taste bad.

It depends on your personal taste really, but it’s not wise to assume all electronic cigarettes taste bad, or will taste bad. Many companies, ours included, offer many flavors options, and it’s a good idea to try them all. Who knows, you may find tobacco to be quite boring compared to vanilla or coffee!

They smell bad.

Generally, they have no smell! Nothing is being burned, and there is nothing but vapor that comes out of them.

Electronic cigarettes are not allowed in public.

While it isn’t true that you are free to use your e-cig anywhere you like in public and that no limitations exist, they are much easier to use in public because of the lack of smoke. People vape just about everywhere in public, so if you are unsure if you will able to, just check out the scene beforehand, ask questions, and be on the look out for other people vaping.

E-Cigs are more expensive.

Generally not true! It all depends on the company, but one of the most appealing aspects to e-cigs is that they are much more cost effective.

Most e-cigarette companies are bad.

Things vary by company. We pride ourselves in great customer service, excellent policies, innovative products that perform beautifully, and having a great selection.

E-Cigarettes don’t contain nicotine.

Not entirely accurate. You can purchase nicotine-free e-cigs, but most do contain some level of nicotine, which is what makes them legitimate alternatives.

E-Cigarettes do contain tobacco.

Electronic cigarettes are made to be alternatives, meaning they are alternatives to tobacco, so they don’t contain tobacco.

They break easily.

Low quality models, most likely, but not those designed and made with attention to detail such as ours can last a long time with plenty of use! And if yours breaks, contact us!

Doing your research about smokeless alternatives can go a really long way. Learn about them as much as possible, so you can make the best decisions. Know when statements are flat out wrong, and be able to discern when someone is blatantly saying misinformed things. And, if you have used electronic cigarettes, from Optima Cigs at least, you know where we stand when it comes to product quality… our name speaks for itself!

 

 

Celebrate Father’s Day with Optima Cigs!

Father’s Day is right around the corner, do you know what to get your pops yet? If he’s a smoker, blow his mind with an electronic cigarette starter kit! It’s never too late to try something new, and introducing your dad to vapor smoking with a starter kit is the perfect way to do it.

Optima Cigs offer three starter kits, so you’re sure to find the right fit for your dad. In addition to the products in the kits, you also get to choose the flavor of the cartridges, and which nicotine strength will be suiting. Electronic cigarette starter kits vary in price based on accessories and the amount of products in them, so if your dad is the type to enjoy products that enhance convenience, get one with more accessories. If he’s more low-key, go for one with just the basics. Don’t know where he’ll stand? Go for the kit in the middle, offering a little of everything.

Furthermore, if you go the extra distance and sign him up for the Cartridge Replenishment Program, you can get all of our starter kits at reduced prices. This makes it an even sweeter deal, giving dad the gift of e-cigarettes, affordable cartridge refills, and not spending a whole lot to get it done!

So why go for a starter kit as a Father’s Day gift? Because your dad deserves the best quality of life! Smoke, tar, ash, and all the negatives attributes that come along with tobacco are not necessary when he wants to indulge in the experience of smoking and nicotine.

Even if your dad has never expressed any interest in electronic cigarettes, demonstrating your affection and caring thoughts with them lets him know that he means so much to you. Letting him know you want the very best for him, and that you want him to be around for as long as possible is as kind as thoughts go, without getting all warm and mushy about it.

Electronic Cigarettes in Restaurants: Yes You Can!

A cigarette with dinner is nice, and back in the day it was perfectly acceptable to enjoy the two together over dinner in a restaurant. Remember when most dining digs had a section for smokers and a separate one for nonsmokers? While such a thing is virtually unheard of these days, many smokers still crave that cig over dinner. On the contrary, if you’ve switched to e-cigarettes, you know it’s not a problem to enjoy the two together, even if you are in a restaurant! As electronic cigs have become widely popular, it’s quite common to see people using them everywhere in public these days, and why not in a restaurant? No one will smell it, or be affected by the second hand smoke.
Most restaurants take no issue with e-smokers vaping in their dining areas. Even if they are unfamiliar, or their other guests are unfamiliar with e-cigs, if you kindly explain it’s just vapor, chances are there will be no problem. In the past, when most restaurants had designated “smoking” and “not smoking” areas, there would still be an essence of the tobacco smoke in the air. Smoke travels, and has a way of sticking around long after the cigarettes have been put out, so one way or another, nonsmokers had to contend with it. Now that smoking inside restaurants is pretty rare, and most often illegal, nonsmokers have gotten quite used to the clean air, and most want nothing to change! How electronic cigarettes work is simple; allowing for users to get their nicotine through vaporized liquid, for the same feeling and effect, and without inflicting harm or discomfort to those in the same proximity!

Now that electronic cigarettes have become very popular, e-smokers are actually welcome to vape quite often, because most establishments are interested in pleasing their guests. Many business owners in the restaurant industry actually promote their use because they are versatile products that allow for all guests to be happy. E-smokers are paying customers too, and if they aren’t a bother to anyone else, and their products are not dangerous, there is no reason they can’t use them liberally! So for many restaurants and bars, e-cigarette acceptance has been wonderful for keeping potential business (i.e. paying customers) in the door longer, and giving them more reason to enjoy their offerings (relaxing and spending money)!

What to Do, and What Not to Do When Vaping!

Do you need a quick little briefing on what you should and should not do when vaping? Here is a cheat sheet, a handy little 101 to make sure you use them right, and enjoy them to their full potential!

What to Do:

Read your manual! As easy as electronic cigarettes are, make sure you do exactly what the manufacturer’s manual instructs. Even if you have used other brands, don’t assume all products will work the same. You could end up missing out on important info that is beneficial.

Puff on your e-cig like you would with a cigarette! It’s made to be quite similar, and give you the same enjoyment.

Prime your e-cig every time you change the cartridge. This may take a little while to really get the hang of, but it’s pretty similar to priming a cigarette. You take a long puff, and it kicks the e-cig cartridge into gear. It preps the cartridge, and allows for a strong vapor.

If you receive a brand new battery, and it has a cartridge attached, toss it and replace it with a fresh, new one. Don’t be alarmed if it does not work; it’s just there from manufacturing.

Change your e-cigarette cartridge when it no longer produces vapor. It’s not broken; it just needs changing!

What Not to Do:

Do not tighten your cartridge too tightly when screwing it on, that will prevent it from working correctly.

Don’t wait till your battery gets very low to charge. It’s better in the long run to charge it when it’s around 50%.

Don’t leave your battery on the charger after it hits 100% power; this wears down it’s strength over time. Kinda common sense, we know, but let it be a reminder!

Do not mix Optima Cigs e-cigarettes, cartridges, and accessories with products from other companies. It could be potentially dangerous.

Do not throw your e-cig out the car window, especially while driving! Some habits for smokers die harder than others, and when you’re cruising along, enjoying your e-cig, it can be easy to forget it’s not the old fashioned kind! Many have met their demise this way!

E-Cigarettes VS Tobacco Cigarettes

E-cigarettes are not cessation devices, but that does not stop smokers from using them in such a way, or switching to them outright entirely. If a smoker were to be torn between the two, knowing they could have the same end result, the same pleasurable feeling while smoking, and afterwards have none of the negative effects, or longterm ills, what do you think they would choose? As e-cigs become more popular, and their presence is solidified as a serious option, smokers are choosing vapor over smoke in really high numbers. Such high numbers in fact that cigarette companies are bracing. Never before have they been faced with such dramatic anti-smoking campaigns in addition to having competition from alternatives that smokers actually embraced. They are holding on for dear life!

So with the recent bills being proposed across the country, attempting to have electronic cigarettes taxed in the same way that traditional cigarettes are, e-cig users are pretty upset. These bills run under the premise of regulating the industry, ensuring that minors are not able to purchase any nicotine products, but that is the least of the concerns to users of vapor cigarettes. It is generally difficult for those under 18 to purchase e-cigarettes, and they are certainly not marketed towards that age group. Advocates for e-cigs feel that their rights are being imposed upon, and that these products are not tobacco, they should not be considered the same. Traditional cigarettes are greatly dangerous, and e-cigarettes, despite not having FDA approval, are much safer. How electronic cigarettes work is with liquid nicotine, produce a clean vapor, and cause no combustion. They produce no smoke, and leave no tar behind. In those instances alone they are automatically healthier than traditional cigarettes.

Bills like these aim to have retailers of electronic cigarettes licensed as  Grouping e-cigarettes in the same category as cigarettes, and forcing vapor shops to purchase exclusively from tobacco companies selling e-cigarettes is simply wrong and just another way to give the business back to the failings of the tobacco industry. It also takes control away from users as well as shop owners, who have to rely on which brands they are permitted to carry. The tobacco industry has lost millions of dependent people, and therefore millions (if not billions) of dollars in sales, both to death as well as e-cigarettes; they are obviously willing to do what it takes to stay in the market. Several large e-cigarette companies have been bought out by large tobacco magnates, but that should not be a factor interfering with e-smokers’ options and rights to choose the brand of their choice.

10 Ways Your Life Will Change When You Switch to E-Cigs

E-cigarettes are amazing. When users switch, the amount of beneficial occurrences that happen always astonish and delight them. We’ve heard so many positive stories, and have seen it first hand how e-cigs are seriously changing people’s lives. Here are 10 of the most common positive side effects of switching to vapor, in case you are wondering what you can expect if you take the plunge and try them out! All you have to lose is the smoke!

1. You’ll feel cleaner. In fact, everything will be cleaner because you will never have to deal with cigarette ash or cigarette smoke getting on everything, stinking it all up. You won’t smell like smoke, and you won’t have to be conscious of it.

2. You’ll look better. Seriously, though! Cigarettes wreak havoc on the appearance, dulling the skin and hair, staining teeth unattractively, and darkening the lips and gums. Tobacco stains big time, and your body will totally appreciate its absence!

3. You’ll save much more time. Who doesn’t need more time in the day? Cigarette breaks are much easier with vapor, plus you don’t have to smoke whole cigarettes anymore. Vape, inhale, exhale, put it away.

4. Your life will be more convenient, in so many ways! You can smoke practically anywhere now, with no mess to clean up after, and no smoke to limit your smoking location.

5. You’ll enjoy how much easier they are to smoke. Charging and changing out your e-cigarette cartridges is way easier and simpler than dealing with lighters and burning material!

6. You’ll be doing a little more for the planet by being greener. No pollution, no chemicals, and they’re reusable.

7. You’ll make those around you happy by not smoking. Family members, friends, neighbors; anyone in your daily life who is not a smoker will be very happy to not smell your smoke! Plus, those who love you will be thrilled you aren’t smoking any longer!

8. Traveling as an e-smoker will be way more enjoyable. Traveling when you’re a smoker can really be annoying, and sometimes make you an unwelcome tourist!

9. Running our of cigarettes at the least opportune time will be a thing of the past. The Cartridge Replenishment Program takes care of all that, making life even more convenient by keeping you stocked up properly.

10. Most importantly, you’ll be doing something amazingly positive for your health, and you’ll feel it! Many people, after switching to electronic cigarettes report feeling better overall, with more energy and better breathing after a while.

Addressing E-Cigarette Rumors

E-cigarettes have lots of things being said about them. Rumors get spoken about everything and everyone, and it’s always a sign of popularity. There are lots of myths floating around about electric cigarettes, and new users and those who are skeptical often don’t know what to believe!

So how do you know when something is true or not? Well, you have yo be able to look deeper into the situation. What isn’t being said? Was the information spoken by a truthful resource? Does it seem more than a little “off?” One way to decipher the truth from the fiction is to do some research. While the internet is filled with more than a few odd stories, you can also find a great deal of useful info too. So hopefully, by ending up on this page, this info will do you some good to be able to have the truth behind some of the most common e-cigarette myths.

1- Electronic cigarettes are bad for you.

Truth- E-cigs are not bad at all for you. While there hasn’t been the level of testing done to appease the FDA, there has been nothing that has come out to prove this. With millions of users, and nothing but positive and great experiences, it goes without saying that they are better than tobacco cigarettes. Definitely not bad for you.

2- E-Cigs are just as dangerous as traditional cigs.

Truth- No way! They are made without tobacco or any of the many chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. They give off no smoke, so you won’t be breathing that in, and those around you will not be affected by second hand smoke. No tar is left behind, and you breath in only water vapor and nicotine. Neither of which are dangerous.

3- E-cigarettes are known to explode when they are used.

Truth- Only when things are used incorrectly. Don’t mix different products from different companies and use in ways they do not suggest in the manuals. ALWAYS follow the instructions in the manuals you get from each company. Keep your e-cigarette accessories, cartridges, and related products separate brand by brand if you use more than one. Don’t mix liquids, other batteries, and parts where not recommended. It could get dangerous.

4- E-cigs are illegal in many places in the US.

Truth- No, they aren’t. As much as the FDA has tried to restrict and control their distribution, e-cigs are entirely legal for people of the legal smoking age, which is 18 in most states, and 19 in others.

5- You can’t use e-cigs in public.

Truth- Most of the time you can. While cigarettes are banned in most public places, e0cigs are not the same and do not cause the same hazards and unwanted effects.

6- E-cigarettes don’t have nicotine in them.

7- Truth- There are e-cigs available with and without nicotine. Your choice.

7- Most brands of e-cigarettes are not good.

Truth- Can’t speak for anyone else, but Optima Cigs are excellent!

8- All e-cigs taste bad.

Truth- Not all, and definitely not our’s.

9- Electronic cigs are made to be sold to teenagers and children.

Truth- Never. And totally illegal here in the States.

10- E-cigs contain anti-freeze.

Truth- Come on! Anti-freeze kills, and if any company wants to exist, prosper, sell and promote their product without a boat-load of lawsuits, they definitely will not be infusing their e-cigs with anti-freeze!

E-Cigarette Sales Are Soaring

E-cig sales are soaring. Those e-cigarette starter kits  are working their magic on the masses! They have been for years, but they just keep on getting bigger. Why? Because, simply, they are everything most smokers have wanted for years. They’ve been an outlet for many looking for a way out of their tobacco habits but are not ready to quit the nicotine outright. They have been great for smokers who want more control of their nicotine usage, and want to be able to decrease their intake slowly, without sending their systems into shock like suddenly quitting cigarettes is known to do. And, simply, they offer freedom, convenience, and tremendous savings, where tobacco cigarettes are expensive, unhealthy, inconvenient, and generally just a pain to use in public.

Tobacco companies have surely taken notice, as they have seen considerable sales declines as e-cigs continue to draw in those who want more from their cigarettes, as well as those who just want something that is healthier and safer to use. Cigarette sales have been on the decline for the past decade regardless, dropping 27% from 2000 to 2011, due to a change in health trends and the widespread limitations that plague smokers who want to enjoy cigarettes in public.

Electronic cigarette sales, on the contrary, are way up. 2012 saw sales of $300 million, and are on course to hit $1 billion in the coming years, according to estimates from Goldman Sachs. So great are the sales of e-cigs, Wells Fargo’s tobacco analyst has projected them to surpass the sales of tobacco cigarettes in only a small matter of time. The rapid growth and having been so embraced by the masses, the sales category is being likend to those such as Greek yogurt and energy drinks.

Electronic cigs are the future of smoking, to be blunt. Tobacco has no place any more with smokers who know they have the option to have the same feeling, with the same nicotine, at a lesser cost with e-cigarettes. Tobacco companies would not be acquiring electronic cigarette companies and getting on the movement themselves if they couldn’t see it just as well. The allure of smokeless cigarettes is simple: all the positives, none of the negatives, and overall just a simpler way to smoke.

Get Healthier With Vapor Cigs

The reasons to choose electronic cigarettes over tobacco cigarettes are many. All smokers know that tobacco and it’s smoke are unhealthy and quite frankly, dangerous. So much so, in fact, that many countries will only sell cigarette packs bearing graphic images of the destruction they cause. Photos of actual cancer-encrusted organs, photographic depictions of oral cancers, rotting gums and teeth, and images of hospitalized patients connected to numerous medical machines are the mainstay for many cigarette boxes in countries like the UK, Brazil, and Chile. Sometimes they get so explicit in depicting the harm tobacco smoke causes that they use images of babies born with defects because of mothers who smoked during pregnancy. Pretty crazy, right? Obviously this is done to really get into the heads of the smokers buying the cigarettes, who will maybe think twice about buying them, knowing full well the damage they can cause. Does it work? Most likely, but after a while it makes you wonder if it becomes kind of normal. I personally do not know if I could handle staring at such dramatic pictures every time I want some nicotine relief!

So how do you avoid getting spooked every time you stop into your local corner store for a pack of cigs? Don’t buy them! Use vapor cigarettes instead! We know for smokers it seems like it isn’t the same, and all of that, but really you don’t know what you’re missing… well besides staring at scary images of what your cigarettes can do to you! Isn’t going with a healthier choice a better idea?

The ways electronic cigarettes are the healthier choice all amount to the fact that they contain no tobacco, burn no plant matter, and therefore produce no smoke when you use them. There are no carcinogens because nothing is burning; in simple terms. Without smoke, there is no leftover residual tar to build up in the body, most notably the lungs, and there is no continuous exposure to harmful chemicals and carcinogens that can cause cancer, breathing issues, heart issues, and rot your teeth. I don’t know about you, but e-cigarette starter kits are the way to go. It’s like having your cake and eating it too, only without the calories or carcinogens!

 

Traditional Cigarettes or E-Cigarettes; Which do You Choose?

There are many smokers out there who doubt electronic cigarettes still. Even as popular as  the alternatives have gotten, there are still those who really aren’t up for switching. Even if it means saving money, being healthier, and having more convenience, some people are just not interested in e-cigarettes. If you had the choice, which would you choose? Here is a back to back comparison, of e-cigs to traditional cigs, showing how electronics top analog in every way!

Price: E-cigs cost much less than tobacco. There is practically no comparison on this one, because in some areas of the country cigarettes cost as much a $12 per pack, and the average hovers around $5, it’s a costly habit. E-cig cartridge refills cost about $2- $2.50 for the equivalent of a pack of cigs, savings of at least 50%. Don’t tell me you aren’t even intrigued if you are accustomed to your cigarette habit costing as much as $200 monthly!

Convenience: Cigarettes seem easy enough; get a pack at the convenience store or gas station, grab a lighter while you’re at it, pull out a cig, light it up, smoke it and toss. If you’re still smoking these, you don’t know what you’re missing and how much time you could be saving! Our Cartridge Replenishment Program will save you the time and hassle of having to remember to purchase cartridges, so they come to you when you request, automatically; so no stopping at the gas station or running out when you need them. When you want to vape, you take out your e-cig, you vape, and then you put it away. You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home, you don’t have to do much of anything in terms of picking up after yourself. Extremely convenient!

Health: This one is of extreme importance. Who needs tobacco smoke and tar and all of those awful chemicals that come with the product? Absolutely no one! E-cigs don’t have any of those negatives, making them far healthier. Many studies have been done proving this.

Options: The options with e-cigs are plenty. The options with cigarettes are few. While the majority of quality e-cigarette brands are limited to the internet for purchasing, most people shop on the internet anyway because the prices are better. E-cigarette accessories, cases, chargers, starter kits offer far more versatility to users, and with all the limitations you have to deal with as a smoker, why would you bother with cigarettes if you didn’t have to. Just as an added bonus, e-cigs taste better anyway!