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!

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!

Update Your Smoking; Update Your Life

ecigs130506_250Smoking traditional, old fashioned tobacco cigarettes has gotten to be well, old fashioned. Between feeling like a leper anytime you’d like to smoke in public, to having to shell out a fortune to keep up with the habit, turning people off with the smell of smoke, and basically having to maneuver your way around everything and everyone just to get some nicotine, it’s a wonder that anyone even smokes cigarettes anymore!

Not to mention, smoking bans have popped up everywhere, smokers have never been so discriminated against, and even employers are discerning when it comes to hiring those who have tobacco habits. The answer for today’s day and age, my friends, is to take your smoking to the next level and drop the tobacco and smoke. Go with electric cigarettes.

Millions upon millions of smokers have made the decision to go with electronic cigarettes as a way to avoid so many of the pitfalls of smoking. Their reasons to switch to e-cigs are plentiful. Many enjoy the additional control they have with vaping, as opposed to the control cigarettes generally wrangled over them. Being able to consciously choose how much nicotine you want in your cartridges is one of the various perks. Many enjoy the conveniences of purchasing online, often with convenient delivery services (such as our own Cartridge Replenishment Program) that enable them to sign up for automatic deliveries at set times.

So many smokers who have transitioned to electronic smoking enjoy that they no longer have to be worried about how they smell around others, they can enjoy their e-cigarettes while in public, indoors, and around groups of people. The ability to have the conveniences of electronics, which allow users to charge batteries, ditch the lighters, and maintain greater cleanliness are excellent; no one ever misses the ash and trash of cigarettes once they’ve switched!

Like everything these days, digital and electronics have taken over, and for very good reason. E-cigarettes are the modern way to smoke, and they are loaded with benefits, unlike their smoky counterparts!

Get Ready for 2014 with E-Cigs!

New-Years-Eve-Pic2014 is right around the corner, and if you plan on celebrating, don’t forget your e-cigarettes! While it may seem convenient to dabble with traditional cigarettes on big nights like New Year’s Eve, don’t bet on it. Electronic smokes go a lot further, and will help you enjoy your night all the better!

Here a few great reasons e-cigs are a better party match than smoke. Don’t let tobacco cigarettes drag your party down!

-They are much more portable. Carry them in an Optima Hard Pack Case, or safely stash your e-cig around your neck on a lanyard, and they are ready when you need them.

-E-Cigs can be used around nonsmokers, without a problem. No smell, no smoke, no tar, and no ash make them very convenient.

-Unlike traditional cigarettes, they are often permitted indoors and in many public places.

-They are more attractive. Hey, on a night like NYE, you want to look your best in every possible way, even down to your accessories!

-E-Cigarettes make excellent conversation starters. You never know who you’re going to be talking to, and who is going to be curious about your stylish e-cig.

-E-cigarettes won’t have you smelling gross, if you happen to be on date.

-If you only want a few puffs, that’s all you need to take. Unlike regular cigarettes, you don’t need to feel pressured into finishing entire cigarettes if you don’t want to.

-If you are currently an e-smoker, enjoy what you’re used to! If there is one night to really live it up, and enjoy life to the fullest, it’s New Year’s Eve. Send 2013 out with a bang, and enjoy your vapor as you do it!

Wherever you may be celebrating, whether it’s at a big city-wide event, or a wild, raucous house party, make sure you bring your e-cigarettes. Parties are always more fun when you’re relaxed and content, and being able to smoke as you please will only contribute! Happy 2014 from your friends at Optima!

Live an Active Lifestyle? Choose E-Cigs!

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If you’re an active person, smoking cigarettes is entirely not conducive. And we don’t just say that because we are in the business of e-cigarettes! We say it because we mean it! Traditional cigarettes can be entirely cumbersome, they can take you off your groove, and really just get in the way. If you’re busy being busy and active, e-cigs present a way better lifestyle option!

If you spend time doing outdoorsy things, like biking, hiking, communing with nature, or anything that gets you outside and moving, you know how well cigarettes fit into the equation. They don’t. They need to be lit, they need to be smoked around people who are okay with them, they need proper disposal because polluting is foul, they make you smell bad, and they are simply inconvenient. Stopping to smoke, handle your lighter, spend the time waiting through the whole cigarette, and then dealing with the trash takes time. When you are super busy, in the middle of something fun, and possibly hanging out with a group of people who may not be keen on fitting your smoke breaks into the time schedule, you just need a better, more appropriate option for nicotine!

Imagine you are on the go, and all you have to do to smoke is reach down and grab the device from the lanyard around your neck? You puff, it turns on, you vape, get your nicotine, and let it rest when you’re done. Sounds a whole lot simpler than tobacco , doesn’t it? You have the option of many different e-cigarette accessories, and this adds to the convenience and mobility in a really huge way.

For people with busy lives, traditional cigarettes are entirely passé. They don’t work well with others, they present way too many obstacles, and they are difficult to use in public places. Electronic cigarettes give you so much freedom to enjoy the things you love, no matter where you are, without having to fend off a guilty conscience. If you’re an active person, e-cigs will fit your lifestyle better!

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: Tons to be Thankful for!

header_img_banner_03With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the spirit of thankfulness is ever abundant. If you vape, have you thought about all the ways electronic cigarettes enrich your life? If you vape, what have you got to be thankful for?

Convenience:

Convenience doesn’t just make like easier, it can add precious time and make your days better spent. There’s more to life than making sure it all goes smoothly, but having extra moments of time and the ability to get a little more done to add to your feelings of accomplishment are priceless! In that vain, e-cigarettes do a lot to add time and convenience. You can use them anywhere, anytime, especially when you’re on the go. You don’t have to wait to smoke through entire cigarettes; if you want just a puff, you can have just a puff without the threat of waste. E-Cigarette accessories also add to the easiness, allowing users even more options to stay ready.

Savings:

The holiday season is always a great time to be thankful for extra savings! Electronic cigarettes enable users to save incredible amounts of money, which is always useful. If switching to e-cigs saves you $1,500+ a year, aren’t you thankful? Some people put that savings towards a vacation, splurge on something special, or just leave it in the bank, but wherever it goes, it surely isn’t going up in smoke!

Cleanliness:

E-cigs make life cleaner. They produce no ash, tar, smoke, or butts. Using them indoors will not have your furnishings and walls layered with yellow tar. You do not have to deal with the endless flow of butts that seemingly never end. You don’t have to worry about hot cherries falling off and burning anything. Your hands and teeth stay (more attractively) cleaner. Simply put, cleanliness is awesome and vaping allows your life to be just a little tidier; tell me you’re not grateful for that!

If e-cigarettes have positively impacted your life- be grateful! These products have changed the lives of so many people, and their benefits are mind blowing! Be thankful life is so sweet when vaping!

Enjoying Autumn with E-Cigs

autumnIn a vote for favorite seasons, there are an incredible amount of people who go crazy over autumn. There is just something about the weather cooling to the perfect level of crisp, the majestic view of leaves turning color, and the shorter days that make the nights longer. With all this sensory overload, when it comes to vaping, autumn is the perfect season to really indulge in your vapor.

Enjoying Nights Out

Summer nights get a lot of hype, but things get really interesting come autumn. The cooler temperatures, the briskness in the air, the energy of all the holidays, it’s way more fun to have a stroll and just get out and enjoy life during the autumn. Vaping takes the pleasure up because you can actually enjoy smoking, and not bother anyone when you’re mingling. Big plus: many restaurants and bars have no problems with patrons using e-cigarettes!

Enjoying Daytime Activities

Autumn is such a great time to be out enjoying the great outdoors. It can get really sweaty during the summer, and winter can be seriously limiting. You get the insanely gorgeous vistas of the leaves, and the perfectly temperate weather makes any outdoor activity just better. Hitting farmers markets, parks, mountain biking, hiking… whatever you’re up, you never have to leave your e-cig behind.

Savoring the Hearty Meals of the Season

With the holidays approaching, and fall seemingly all about eating some great hearty food, nothing compliments an awesome meal quite like an e-smoke afterwards. Compliment your palate with e-cigarette flavors like Vanilla, Menthol, or Classic Tobacco.

Autumn is one of those seasons that really gets your senses going, and there really is no better way to enjoy it all than with your e-cigs. Take them anywhere, use them everywhere, they are perfect for making the most out of every situation! They sure do it a whole lot better than cigarettes could!

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!