Celebs and Their E-Cigs: Who’s Vaping Now?

75f7e9a20b5daa6066126a523e081c26Electronic cigarettes and celebrities go hand in hand, or shall we say like an e-cig in hand? Vaping has enabled celebrities, in the age of smoking being uncool, to retain their hip status and still have their nicotine fix. Since electronic cigarettes hit the American market, celebrities were among the first to grab them. Known for being ahead of the trends, it was a good move on their part because not only did it bring them attention for hyping up a new product, it gave e-cigs instant credibility because trendsetters were on to them. Here’s a look at why e-cigarettes are so popular.

Fast forward to the present, and the number of stars who vape in the spotlight are countless. Now, with the e-cigarette movement hotter than ever, and more and more users happy to have made the switch to vapor smoking, celebrities have only contributed to their rise.

As of late, the celebs who have been proudly vaping in public, and getting photographed doing so have been many. We love that they are setting a great example for those who take inspiration in them by vaping proudly, and for choosing not to smoke tobacco cigarettes. Considering the bad reputation cigarettes have acquired, and the fact that no one really looks cool smoking traditional smokes anymore, it’s no wonder the Hollywood set has switched to vapor.

Some of the stars who are flaunting their e-cigarettes include Katherine Heigl, Kate Moss, Leonardo DiCaprio, Simon Cowell, Alexa Chung, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Katy Perry, John Cusack, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Lindsay Lohan, Robert Pattinson, Kevin Connolly, Dennis Quaid, Britney Spears, Christina Milian, Bruno Mars, Charlie Sheen, and Johnny Depp throughout his role in the film “The Tourist.”

Quite an A-list full of star power, making great smoking choices right? With all of these celebs getting headlines for their e-smoking, and proudly showing off their alternative cigarettes on camera, it only goes to show how big this movement is, and how Hollywood is leading the pack!

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!

Tips for Transitioning to E-Cigarettes

e-cigarette-reutersE-cigarettes may seem totally different than traditional cigarettes to those who are considering switching, but keep in mind, they are made to be similar and give you a very similar feeling. Here are some tips for switching to vapor, just to make it go a little easier. Intimidating as it can be, remember that it has worked for millions!

-Go easy on yourself. Switching may not go over in a day or a week, so don’t have hard expectations on yourself. Take it slowly, and don’t get anxious about it. You may have to learn to like vaping, so give yourself the chance to do so.

-It’s okay to alternate traditional cigarettes with e-cigs as you get used to them. Lots of people go this route, and find it makes the whole experience easier.

-Experiment with products and flavors, as this will allow you to find what you like and don’t like, and make vaping fit into your life better.

-Consider the differences between e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes. If you’ve smoked cigarettes for any considerable amount of time, you have gotten very used to having a lot of chemicals building up in your system. It can come as a shock to no longer have them when you switch; you may feel different!

-Drink lots of water. It can help your system flush out toxins better, and a clean palate allows you to experience e-cigarette flavor in a cleaner, fresher way.

-Choose a brand of e-cigs wisely. Go for quality and options, as you’re more likely to have a positive experience with a good brand that performs well as opposed to a low quality product with bad performance that only lets you down. Read reviews, look at e-cigarette FAQ’s, and do some research before settling.

-Time limits for quitting are not a good idea; they can add more stress to the experience. Instead set reasonable goals monthly, so you have the ability to accomplish them instead of having overblown expectations you cannot possibly meet.

Switching doesn’t have to go over with difficulty if you plan accordingly. More and more smokers are choosing to go with e-cigarettes, and hopefully you can too with some preparation! Good luck!

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!

The Life of a Vaper: Things only One who Vapes Experiences

e-cigarette-cartoonNeed some e-smoker humor to brighten your day? Ever get the feeling when you’re vaping that you’re experiencing things only someone who vapes would get? You’re not the only one! Here are some occurrences you’ve surely felt at some point or another, and proof that you aren’t alone in all the little things that make it awesome to vape!

-When you taste something really amazing, like an exotic dessert or tropical fruit and think, “wow, that would be an awesome cartridge flavor!”

-When you suddenly smell the odor of cigarettes and get grossed out, only to remember that you previously spent years surrounded in that funk! Thank goodness you switched, right?

-When you first started vaping, how many times did you forget that you no longer needed lighters to get it going?

-On the same lines, have you ever (irresponsibly) tossed your e-cig out the car window, forgetting it wasn’t a traditional cigarette?

-You get excited when you are on line in a convenience store and see the prices of cigarettes; it’s so nice to see your money go elsewhere! $12 a pack is outrageously ridiculous, and unaffordable if you are smoking a pack a day.

-You tend to experience euphoria every month when your supply of cartridges arrives at your door via the Cartridge Replenishment Program; never again will you be dipping out at midnight for a pack of cigarettes!

-You feel thrilled and thankful when you can lay in bed and peacefully vape next to a nonsmoking, smoke-hating partner as you cuddle and watch tv together, knowing it was never possible when you smoked cigarettes.

-When you vape openly in public, and you get to avoid the typical nasty stares smokers are used to for puffing amongst the nonsmoking of our species. The liberation rocks!

-After a few months of switching entirely, glancing at your smile in photos or in the mirror and noticing that your smile gleams so much brighter and whiter without the tobacco stains… e-cigs make you want to smile more, don’t they?

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!