Here’s a Question for You: What Are E-Cigs?

header_img_banner_how_it_worksIf you’re new to e-cigarettes, you may be wondering exactly what they are. You may have seen them, you may have heard of them, but if you’re wanting to know more about how e-cigs work and exactly what they do, read on!

Beginners start somewhere, even when it comes to electronic cigarettes. Guaranteed, if you were curious and confused before reading this, you won’t be afterwards! And, if you’re a tobacco smoker, you may even be interested in trying our e-cigs just to finalize the experience for yourself!

E-cigarettes are electronic cigarettes. They contain no tobacco, produce no tar, emit no smoke, and produce no odor. They are powered by electricity, not fire. However, they provide an experience that recreates the whole process of smoking, including the nicotine.

There are several main components to e-cigarettes: the battery, the cartridge, the atomizer (which is held inside of the cartridge) and the e-cigarette unit that houses them all. Inside of the disposable cartridge is a specifically measured amount of liquid nicotine, this is what gets vaporized during the smoking process. It gives the user the feeling of smoking, with vapor instead of smoke, all the while carrying the nicotine.

E-cigs can look almost identical to traditional cigarettes, down to the slightest details, including the light on the end, yet they are made of entirely different materials. Inside of an e-cigarette is a battery, which gets its power from being charged. There is also a microprocessor smart chip, which works by activating once a signal is sent when the user puffs on the unit. The battery then sends a charge of power to the atomizer inside of the cartridge, which in turn heats the e-liquid, vaporizing it into the hit for the user. All of this happens within seconds of the user bringing the e-cigarette to their mouth and puffing!

It’s amazing how much technology goes into these little devices, isn’t it? In short, e-cigarettes are electronic cigarettes. They are alternative cigarettes. And they are smokeless cigarettes. While these are all names they are called, they basically describe these awesome products that make smoking possible sans the smoke!

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!

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!

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.

 

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!

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!

 

 

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!

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!

 

Crazy Questions You’ll Get Asked About Vaping! (And How to Answer Them!)

Ah, you know how it goes when you blaze a trail; everyone’s going to have an opinion, they’re going to report about spin-stories they’ve heard on the evening news, and they’re going to ask some pretty wild questions. So when vaping, don’t be surprised if you get asked some crazy question! Here is a sample of a few of them, and how to answer!

How do you know what’s in those things?

Well, any good e-cigarette brand will let you know what’s in your e-cigarette. Most brands that care about their reputation will share what’s in them, and typically the ingredient list of cartridges is relatively quite small, especially compared to the THOUSANDS of ingredients and toxins found in traditional cigarettes.

How do you know it’s any different than smoking cigarettes?

The similarities are there; they contain nicotine, vapor, and the ability to use them like cigarettes, but that’s where they end. They contain no tobacco and nothing gets burned; the main components in smoking a cigarette, so that’s where the similarities end, making them very different.

How bad does it taste?

Taste is subjective; not everyone likes the same things. Part of smoking e-cigarettes is finding a brand that works for you. Often part of the figuring things out in the beginning will entail trying different e-cigarette flavors. Most people who stick with e-cigs find flavors they really enjoy, and do not use them if they taste bad!

Aren’t they more dangerous than regular cigarettes?

Testing is currently being done, but so far there has been no data to prove that e-cigarettes are any more dangerous than traditional cigarettes.

The bottom line is that you should not believe everything you hear! E-cigarettes have been used for around 5 years, and when used with common sense, they are enjoyable, satisfying, tobacco-free alternatives to traditional cigarettes!

How to Use Your Optima Cigs

If you are just starting to use e-cigarettes, or are interested in beginning, you may be wondering about how it’s done. Sure you are probably aware that it is quite similar to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, but exactly how they work, and exactly how you use them may be more of a mystery to you. Well, don’t fret, as we are going to let you know how these innovative electronic cigarettes work as they let you enjoy nicotine without tobacco! Above all, they really are so much more convenient than their combustible alternatives and if you are still smoking tobacco, you’ve got to give them a try!

How They Work

It’s all about technology in how they work. The parts come together to create a smoke-like experience. OPTIMA e-cigarettes are 2-piece e-cigarettes. This means they consist of a battery, which is the actual e-cigarette, and a cartridge that is filled with liquid and gets replaced when it has been used through. Inside of both the battery and the cartridge, are additional parts that contribute to the overall performance, and result in the excellent ability to get your smoke-free nicotine.

Setting up is simple. When you receive your starter kit, it’s advisable to charge your batteries to full capacity before the first use. After they have been charged, get your cartridges attached by simply screwing them on. Even though we offer two different battery sizes, High Capacity and Mini, they both work the same way, and use the same cartridges. To actually use your electronic cigarette, simply put your mouth to the mouthpiece and begin puffing, enjoy the nicotine, and repeat; that’s it!

Using electronic cigarettes is simple and easy, and if it doesn’t go over easily the first time, keep working at it. You can always give us a call, should you need anything in addition. We’re always here to help you enjoy our products to the fullest!