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!

Why 2-Piece Electronic Cigarettes Are Awesome

imagesElectronic cigarettes come in all kinds of different varieties. There are tons of different styles, and so many different options. Every brand offers their own take on the alternative cigarette, and what we specialize in is the 2-piece e-cig.

Some types require you to measure, mix, and fill your own liquids. Not everyone wants these additional steps, which can be messy, dangerous, and an absolute hassle if you are pressed for time. Being able to order pre-filled cartridges and whip out a new one every time the old one has expired is extremely simple, and it’s very convenient to do no matter where you are.

Another great feature of 2-piece e-cigarettes is that they look like traditional cigarettes, and many users, especially beginners, really appreciate that familiarity. They feel like traditional cigarettes, both when you hold them and use them. If you are smoking in the company of a crowd, they will allow you to blend in a little more easily, and not draw too much attention to the electronic device you are using; if that’s what you’re going for.

2 piece e-cigarettes are exactly that; two pieces. The battery is the main part, and the nicotine flavor cartridge connects to it. Within each part are other essential parts, but it is in these two main parts that they come together to create the magic that is e-smoking.

Inside of every battery is a computerized smart chip, a sensor, and the LED light that works as a signal for the user. Inside of every cartridge is pre-filled, flavored nicotine liquid and the atomizer, which is responsible for heating and vaporizing the liquid. Atomizers are known to have a very short performance life, and having them built into the cartridges allows for a new one with every cartridge change; resulting in optimal performance, and less frustration for the user.

With so many different electronic cigarettes available out there, it can be tricky choosing the perfect style. If in doubt, go with the 2-piece. Options, convenience, and having a similar body to a traditional cigarette will do you good!

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!

Cigarettes Are All the Same; E-Cigs Are Totally Different

Cigarettes and electronic cigarettes share only a handful of similarities. E-cigarettes are after all, alternatives to the conventional. They offer nicotine, a feeling of smoking, similar flavors as well as starkly different ones, and the ability to breathe in something that feels and looks like smoke (vapor). That’s about where the similarities end, though. Cigarettes are cut and dry; they contain chemical-laden filters and dried tobacco, also chemical-enriched, rolled into papers, and across all brands you get a similar format despite differences in strengths and taste. They are always the same, with no variation.

With e-cigs, you have the option of choosing so many different varieties, all to achieve that same smoke-like experience. You have the option to choose disposables, 2-piece models like our own that simulate the traditional cigarette in looks, you can purchase the sort that require you to fill liquids yourself, and you can even purchase styles you build yourself if you’re into that kind of thing. E-cigarette batteries come in so many shapes and sizes, you have the ability to use so many different chargers and accessories. The thing with e-cigs is that you have so much more ability to choose, rather than just settling for what a single company, or industry for that matter, hands you.

Optima Cigs e-cigarettes are known as 2-piece e-cigarettes, comprised of two basic parts. The reusable battery is the main component, and the cartridges are used and then disposed of. You are able to choose your nicotine strength, flavor, and which accessories you want to use to enhance your convenience.

If variety is the spice of life, e-cigarettes really let you live adventurously! They sure keep the smoking experience interesting, and they let you do it without tobacco. With e-cigs, “one size fits all” is completely, utterly irrelevant, because when you vape, it’s all about getting what you want!

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!

 

 

E-Cigarette Cartridges Let You Customize Your Vaping

One awesome thing about electronic cigarettes is how much choice you have in customizing them to make them fit your usage. Unlike cigarettes, which smokers were at the mercy of, and the only choice was in the type you purchased, you can control a lot when it comes to e-cigs. While smokers had to take what they got when it came to tobacco, the total opposite is the case with Optima Cigs.

E-cigarette cartridges make so much more sense than cigarette packs. They reduce environmental waste, they last longer, they offer intense flavors, and they come in four different nicotine strengths. Nicotine in our cartridges can come in levels of 18mg, which is considered full strength, 12mg, which is light, 6mg, which is ultra light, and 0mg of nicotine for those who want to enjoy the sensation of vaping without the nicotine. (For some smokers, the hand-to-mouth habit is harder to shake than nicotine). Unlike many other brands of e-cigarettes, our cartridges come pre-filled and ready to be used straight from the package. They require no filling by the customer, and promise that you will never have to handle the e-liquid yourself. Lots of convenience!

Our selection of flavors includes tobacco, menthol, cherry, coffee, and peppermint, so no matter what you’ve been smoking, or what you’d like to try, you’ve got more than enough choices. Most vapor smokers enjoy several, and they like the way they can switch it up and have different flavors whenever they want. They don’t have to switch brands to do that, and can change their cartridges as they please, without losing the Optima Cigs quality they so love.

When smoking electronically, you choose the nicotine strength, the flavor, the size of your battery, the different accessories you want, and the kind of case you want – if you want one. You are able to make them work for you, without feeling like a slave to tobacco. You choose, you vape, and you enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to Know Before Choosing Your E-Cigarette

For beginners, the choices of different electronic cigarette brands can be really astounding. There are a lot of products out there, and a lot of different styles of e-cigs. How do you know which will be right for you? The benefits of going smoke-free with your smoking are huge, but finding the right path can be tricky. Here is what you need to know about choosing your e-cig.

Know the different products. There are plenty of things to consider, and you have to really look into them to get an idea of what you want. When it comes to batteries, opt for lithium ions, because these are the most durable, and they have the longest running life. The battery is the most important part of the e-cigarette, so make sure yours is up to par.

Some electronic cigarette styles are simpler than others, so you should have an idea of what you’re getting into when you settle on a brand. 2-piece e-cigarettes are the industry standard for quality, performance, and convenience. Other e-cigarette styles will require that you fill the e-liquid yourself, and these are really not appropriate for beginners. Sticking to simpler models will probably be wiser. E-juice can be messy, it can stain, and it’s better not to have your skin come into contact with it. A 2-piece e-cig consists of the battery and the disposable cartridge, and they are easy and enjoyable to use. Cartridges come pre-filled, and take no effort to use.

Accessories and Options: Make sure if you want choices in how and when you charge your batteries, the company you choose supports this. Having additional chargers and other vapor cig accessories, like cases, are wonderful additions to any smoker’s assortment of e-cig products. It’s better to let the vaping be convenient and enjoyable – not a chore!

Above all, make sure the brand you choose has decent customer service. You should be able to contact the company through more than one channel, and they should be ready and willing to help you out. You can definitely judge an e-cig brand by the customer service, so if you want to give vaping a go, give the company (Optima Cigs, haha!) a call and see what they have got to offer!

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.

What You Need to Know About E-Cigarette Batteries

There are lots of options in the electronic cigarette market, especially when it comes to batteries. They come in all shapes and sizes, and with loads of different features. So, what makes Optima Cig’s e-cigarette batteries the best? Oh, where to begin! Between the advanced technology, the elegant design, and great performance, they offer everything an e-cigarete user could want!

Optima batteries were made for long lasting usage, and very long battery life. They were made to handle the needs of the heaviest smokers, for the ultimate in satisfaction. They are built with lithium ion technology for the best performance. Batteries charge to full power in one hour, and the High-Capacity lasta from 500-600 puffs, while the Mini lasts about 300-350 puffs. You can expect great amounts of vapor, and a smooth, smoke-like throat hit!

Optima Cigs batteries come in two sizes: High-Capacity and Mini, and when you’ve used both, you’ll see how useful having two sizes can be! The Mini is pretty comparable to what you are probably used to with traditional cigarettes, it is smaller, slimmer, and lighter in the hand. The High-Capacity battery is made with the same technology, only it lasts longer and it more powerful. Versatility is a beautiful thing!

On one end of the battery is an LED crystal that works as an indicator for the user, letting them know when they need to charge the battery by flashing. It also gives the e-cig a realistic, cigarette-like appearance by lighting up with every puff the user makes.

Using these e-cigarette batteries is extremely simple. Every detail has been made to ensure they as similar to cigarettes as possible, and they are just as satisfying. When you vape, all you have to do is puff on the mouth end, and that activates the battery to turn on. This also activates the atomizer, which then gets the vapor going. Optima’s users are always impressed by the level of our vapor, in thickness as wel as consistency! One tip for getting your battery to produce at an optimal level is to prime the e-cigarette when you use a new cartridge. It’s really simple; all you have to do is take a really long inhale on your first puff and your vapor will be set!