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!

How to Choose an E-Cig Flavor

Choosing an electronic cigarette flavor may seem hard at first, because with a selection of so many, how do you choose just one? Here is a little guide to helping you deiced which route to go, for the ultimate in satisfaction!

If you are just switching over from cigarettes, consider what you currently smoke. Do you smoke reds? Lights? Menthols? Are you happy with what you are using at the moment, or do you want to try something new? If you are worried about what e-cigarettes taste like, and if they will be similar or totally different from traditional cigarettes, keep in mind that everyone experiences taste differently, and really the only way to know what works for you personally is to just jump right in!

If you want to stick to tobacco, our Tobacco flavor was designed to be a classic, full-bodied, and exceptionally rich version, without the trappings of actual tobacco! Many of our customers have been thrilled with it, and have given feedback that it’s really similar. If you prefer a lighter version, remember that our cartridges come in four different strengths.

Menthol is an absolute staple, and it goes just as perfectly with e-smoking as it does with cigarettes. Our menthol was made to be an excellent balance of flavor and that signature cool menthol tingle, without venturing into minty territory.

If you think fruity is your thing, have a go with our Cherry flavor. It’s sweet, slightly tart, and very delicious.

If you crave something more exotic, try our Vanilla or Java flavors. Both offer new directions in taste when e-smoking, and are totally satisfying if you like sweet and rich flavors.

For those who are just not sure, and intrigued by all of our offerings, what we suggest to you is to try our Optima Flavor Sampler. In fact, we created this selection for those who are just starting out and need the variety of being able to try everything conveniently and cost effectively.

So when it comes to choosing a flavor, don’t let it intimidate you! Go for what you know, or try everything! We like to keep things simple, hope you enjoy!

Accessories Just Make Life Better

header_img_banner_accessoriesWant to know how our e-cigarette accessories work and what they can do for you? Keep reading!

Batteries:

Essentials and also accessories, batteries are the main component to e-smoking. Have a few extra so you have backup, and to extend the life of each battery. Two sizes: the High Capacity and the Mini give you options as well, get to know both of them!

Chargers:

Not something you can really live without, when you’re vaping your battery will need to be charged. Luckily for you, we’ve got a very nice selection of chargers to choose from. The Vehicle Charging Adapter, the USB Charger, and the Wall Charger give you a lot of choices and the ability to use them in a very wide variety of places. The USB charger is perfect for your desk at work, or to keep in your computer bag for access to anytime you are using your laptop. The Vehicle Charging Adapter enables you to charge whenever you are in your vehicle, and if you drive a lot, commute, or just happen to spend a lot of time in your car, it will really come in handy. In fact, this charger is so useful, it’s smart to just keep it in your car so it’s ready whenever you need it.

Cases:

Not essentials, but definitely useful, carrying cases can really help you stay organized and ready for vaping all the time. It’s great to have a case that safely holds your e-cigarette gear under all circumstances. Another reason to love these is that they are designed with a sleek profile in mind, so that they are comfortable and small enough to fit into a pocket so you can brings them anywhere you want. Choose from the Optima Hard Pack Case and the Compact Carrying Case.

Digital products and accessories kind of go together. Electronic cigarettes are made to be user-friendly, and allow for a lot of versatility, and having the right accompanying gear makes them all the more enjoyable! Let our e-cigs and accessories make e-smoking work for you!

Making the Switch go Smoothly

If you are a smoker who is thinking about switching to e-cigarettes, but are scared because you wonder how it will go, here are 10 tips to help you out. E-smoking can work for you, and it can be smoother than you expect. Keep reading to make the transition work!

1.     Learn about the products. They are really different than traditional cigarettes. They are an alternative for sure, but they also work very differently.

2.     Read all of the information that comes with your owner’s manual, it’s good, useful stuff that was included to help you get the most out of your products. Knowing how to use them properly can make a world of a difference.

3.     Get to know our nicotine strengths, and compare them to what you’re used to smoking. For instance, if you typically smoke “lights” our 12mg Lights will be perfect!

4.     Check out the flavors. While you may want to stick with something super simple, like one of the tobacco varieties or menthol, we really suggest getting our Deluxe Variety 10 Flavor pack, which is a sampler containing all of our e-cigarette cartridge flavors. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds!

5.   Get a feel for how our mouthpiece works. It’s made to be similar to traditional cigarettes, but it’s still not exactly the same. The single hole design creates excellent vapor and resistance, and because it is made of silicon it feels very comfortable on the mouth.

6.     Prime your e-cig. This creates really incredible vapor, and sets your e-cig and cartridge up for producing it all through the length of the cartridge. When your cartridge is brand new, start it up by taking one long, slow drag. In general, smokers get a better hit from taking slower drags with e-cigarettes, as well.

7.     Be patient with yourself. Cigarettes contain thousands of toxins, and if you have been smoking a long time, your body is used to them. Allow yourself time to adjust.

8.     Don’t set impossible time tables for yourself. There is nothing wrong with having goals to meet, and an idea about when you want to truly be acclimated with e-cigarettes, but it can create a lot of disappointment if you aren’t precisely where you want to be at a specific time. For some people, the switch happens practically over night, and for others it can take a few months.

9.     It’s okay to alternate traditional cigarettes with your e-cigs in the beginning as you get used to vaping.

10. Remember that the more you use your e-cigarettes, the more familiar and comfortable they will become for you!

 

Top 10 Reasons Your Life Will be Better for Switching to E-Cigarettes

Still deliberating on getting that e-cigarette starter kit? Still wondering if they’re worth the hype? Still not sure you’re ready to drop the cigarettes for good in favor of the more modern way to smoke? Here are the top 10 reasons you need to give e-cigs a try!

  1. Vapor is Cleaner. Cigarettes have the nasty tendency to stain anything they come into contact with, and this can mean your fingers, teeth, lips, and gums. Cigarette butts also create a trash issue, and as you smoke you will have to deal with ash. With e-cigs, you smoke them, and never have to worry about smoke, ash, or butts!
  2. Electronic cigarettes cost less. A lot less. If you were to compare the equivalent of cartridges to traditional packs of cigarettes, it would come out to less than $3 per pack, versus a minimum of $7-$10 per pack of cigarettes. The proof is in the numbers, and e-cigs are much more economical.
  3. They are way more convenient. So convenient in fact, we could do a whole post on that subject alone… There is no second hand smoke when you vape, and “second hand vapor” is not a threat to anyone.
  4. You have more options of flavor. Our e-cigs come in five different flavors, so you aren’t limited to just the boring basics of menthol and tobacco.
  5. You have the option to sign up for the Cartridge Replenishment Program, which saves you 20% on your cartridge refills, gets your e-cigs to you when you want them, and you are rewarded with the bonus of a lifetime warranty by being a member. Oh, and you set the number of cartridges you want and the recurrence of your choice. Did we mention it’s free?
  6. You may feel a lot better breathing in clean water vapor instead of all those chemicals.
  7. E-cigarettes don’t leave behind tar, or anything carcinogenic. It’s always nice knowing that when you smoke and get your nicotine you aren’t filling your lungs with tar, isn’t it?
  8. You can use them nearly anywhere. Totally different than tobacco, e-cigs are the best way to beat the smoking ban!
  9. No smoke means no second hand smoke. Vapor dissipates to nothing, and most public places have no problem with vapers.
  10. 10. You will have so much more control of your nicotine usage instead of being controlled by your habit. It’s all up to you, and not up to the length of your cigarette when you smoke e-cigarettes!

Electronic Cigarettes are Perfect for Vacation

Electronic cigarettes are perfect for vacations. Smoking around hotel pools, in crowded city tourist hot spots, and pretty much anywhere plenty of people are going to be comingling is rather difficult these days, as more people look down on smokers, and many places actually prohibit them. Vacations are meant to be savored, enjoyed, and a time when you can totally unwind, even if you are visiting a high-paced, metropolitan area and plan to do anything but kick back and relax, so why deal with smoking bans and having to get clearance if you just want some nicotine?

When traveling, e-cigarettes can be the perfect way to smoke. They simplify the process, and make it much more convenient to use. When smoking traditional cigarettes, you always run the risk of offending others, and being restricted to certain areas where smoking is allowed; with vapor, you don’t. With no smell, and no second hand smoke, you leave little for nonsmokers to take issue with. While e-cigs can be mistaken for tobacco cigs, a gentle explanation can go a long way, and most often will end in all parties being satisfied and comfortable! Besides, the last thing you want to be is that obnoxious tourist who is hell-bent on not taking “no” for an answer!

Vapor cigarettes are not just more convenient to travel with because they are smoke-free; they’re also pretty rad because they take very little effort to use. Once charged, e-cig batteries last a very long while (depending on your usage). When vaping, there is nothing to set up unless you need to change a cartridge, which doesn’t need to be done constantly. No lighters, no continuous trash, no dropping ash. You vape to your comfort level, as many or as few puffs as you need, and then you put it away. Simple, carefree smoking that will go a really long way on travels, and allow you to spend more time enjoying your vay-cay, than dealing with cigarettes!

Traveling can be highly stressful. Schedules need to be maintained on a very strict basis, and there is no room for error. For most smokers, stress is a key trigger for wanting nicotine, and being denied only adds to the problem! With electronic cigarettes, you can avoid all that; you whip out your e-cig and vape. You don’t have to worry about where you can and where you can’t smoke; you just enjoy to your heart’s content and enjoy the journey!

Looking for Love? Try Vapor Cigs

For smokers, e-cigarette starter kits can be the trick to a whole new place in the dating scene. Despite all the obvious reasons e-cigs would have you looking more attractive to potential partners, such as being better for your appearance, keeping your breath clean, and won’t have you constantly smelling awful, there are a number of reasons when it comes to relationships it is much better to be a nonsmoker.

More often than not, nonsmokers just aren’t that into people who smoke. Many nonsmokers would never give a smoker a second thought in attractiveness! There are those who are simply appalled by smoke, understand the many unhealthy side effects and refuse to allow it into their lives. Some nonsmokers are former smokers, and when it comes to dating choose not to be with smokers out of fear that they will feel influenced to go back to cigarettes. Smokers and nonsmokers in relationships together can be trouble because of the two different lifestyles. If one person smokes, and the other disagrees with the habit, it can lead to disputes and lying; both things that can weigh on relationships badly, especially those just beginning.

In many relationships that progress beyond basic dating, once finances get intertwined, the expenses involved with cigarettes can become the source of much disagreeing. Cigarettes are expensive, and nonsmokers are likely to view them as an unnecessary cost.

Smoke and romance just don’t work well together, even if both people involved are smokers. Smoking is inherently unhealthy, and leads to many consequences that can really degrade your health. If you are a smoker, and your partner is a smoker, why not make the switch to vapor cigs together? It can deepen your bond, and give you both a more enjoyable lifestyle to be enjoyed together. Get on the same page, or set yourself up for happier dating with electronic cigarettes!

 

Enjoying St. Patrick’s Day with Electronic Cigarettes

St. Patrick’s Day always seems to bring out the Irish in us all! There are always great parties for it, and wearing green to get into the festivities  makes it all the more merrier! Like any celebration, it’s always better when you are an e-smoker. Heck, you can even be vaping with menthol e-cig cartridges for an authentic, “green” feel! Here are all the ways e-cigs can make the party go even better, however you celebrate St. Patty’s!

-St. Patrick’s Day Parades: large groups of people, hanging out together in public, being wary of people of all ages, including children an elderly, why bring cigarettes into the mix? You won’t have to worry about burning anyone with a lit cigarette, or have to be conscious of smoke bothering those around you when you’re using e-cigarettes. The vapor has no smell to it whatsoever, and there is nothing harmful at all in it. Enjoy your parade in peace!

-Bar Parties: Everyone loves to hit their local Irish pub, or bar throwing a St. Patty’s Day fiasco, and electronic cigarettes will lessen your limitations. Socializing in general is way better with e-cigs, and you never have to deal with getting out of the building to enjoy your cigarette. What smoker does not love having a cig while they throw back a few cold ones? During a party, when your adrenaline is in full throttle, and you are enjoying the moment, having your nicotine (electronic cigarette) with you, wherever you are with total convenience is the way to go!

-House Parties: If you are at a house party, same goes as if you were at a public party in a bar. The only difference is, if you are at a friend or family member’s home, the last thing you want to do is offend others around you, or be a nuisance littering your cigarette butts in their yard, or roosting out front with a cigarette all night.

Whatever you got going on, when it comes to getting down and having fun, it’s done better with e-cigarettes instead of traditionals. St Patrick’s Day is no different, so we hope your’s is happy, and full of delicious vapor!

Why Companies Are Less Likely to Hire Smokers

Smokers can be a costly population, and hiring companies have definitely taken notice. If you are looking for a new job, it may really be in your best interest to drop the cigarettes for good! Electronic cigarettes are here to stay, and here to help!

There is a long list of reasons why companies are avoiding cigarette smokers, and with more and more people quitting, if they’d prefer to hire nonsmokers the odds are in their favor. Smokers are high maintenance, and they often need more breaks, which comes out to more wasted time. They tend to miss more work due to illness, because smoking can exacerbate the symptoms of ordinary colds and flus, as well as further agitate things like allergies and asthma. Getting sick more often than nonsmokers can also mean they cost more to insure with health insurance and life insurance, and most companies are looking to cut costs, not increase them unnecessarily.

They can be a social nuisance to nonsmokers; just another area where nonsmokers get the upper hand. Smokers have a habit of smelling bad, even if they frequently use perfume, and those who don’t smoke usually want nothing to do with it. Most companies have strict hygiene policies, so it’s about courtesy.

Cigarette smoking can give a company a bad reputation. Most people and companies are going the more health-conscious route these days, and smokers do not add to that image; they do the opposite. You can make your company look bad by being an ambassador for smoking, and it may not be a risk they want to take. It is not unusual for companies to have guidelines for where and when smokers can smoke cigarettes, but many want to avoid it all together.

Don’t fret though, because e-cigs can really make a big difference with this transition, and allow you to still have some satisfaction and comfort while you switch. If you have your eyes set on a company who has a zero tolerance level for employees even having nicotine in their systems, you may want to give 0 nicotine cartridges a try! There is better time than the present to improve your life, get an e-cigarette starter kit today!

Let’s Talk About E-Cig Flavors

Flavor accounts for a whole lot with e-cigarettes. If you’ve done your research, you know good and well that there are plenty of variances across the market, with many falling on the less than positive end. Not every flavor is going to please ever e-smoker, that’s a given, but having well developed flavors is entirely essential!

Why are Optima’s e-cigarette flavors great? Because many hours of thought and consideration went in to creating them. They have been made to appeal to smokers, keeping in mind how flavors should taste, especially in regard to traditional flavors like tobacco and menthol. Even if your other flavors fall into the gray area of “depends on the person” you just can’t mess with tobacco and menthol! The level of vapor is also superior to all others out there, and having a powerful vapor ensures that the user will get the most out of their e-cig, both when it comes to nicotine and flavor. Optima offers five different flavors: Tobacco, Menthol, Vanilla, Coffee, and Cherry. Tobacco and Menthol are obviously the most sought after, but there are many smokers who love the sweet, aromatic, and rich flavors that come with the other options. Most users really enjoy having a few flavors on rotation, and this allows them choose their preference as they wish, because unlike the monotony of traditional cigarettes, having the freedom to play around with your flavor can be quite enjoyable!

Why so many flavor options? Because with thousands upon thousands of smokers, you can’t possibly please everyone all the time. But having more flavors means you’ll be able to please more people than not! For new users, the Cartridge Sampler Pack is the perfect thing in the beginning because it comes with cartridges in all five flavors. This lets them try them all unbiasedly, and makes it easier in the future when reordering; they will surely know what they want because they’re tried them all!