Vapouround Bus Heads South, January 2019

We love a good spin down south with the Vapouround Bus, and it’s even better when our smoking cessation service on wheels has had a total makeover. We kicked off the new year by hitting the road and set our course for Bournemouth for a weekend of starter kits, games and shenanigans. 

 

BHVape, Bournemouth. January 18, 2019
Johnnie Lovell — known to most as a host of the Vaper Expo and Vapouround Awards — was his usual jovial self and pulled out all the stops inviting members of the local community to BHVape and the Vapouround Bus on what was a freezing cold Friday. 
Despite the cold climes, there was an impressive turnout of dedicated vapers and curious smokers trying their first kit aboard the bus. Everyone commented positively on the new wrap, which stood out more than ever with a special helping of pink.  
In-keeping with the theme of newness and bold fashion statements, the bus also featured a line of “Vee-Shirts” from Ohm Made Apparel. These brightly-coloured t-shirts are made by vapers, for vapers and were designed by Ohmbré, a close friend of everyone at BHVape, who joined us for the day.  
Paradox & Vapourtrade, Bournemouth. Saturday, January 19
On Saturday, the Vapouround team went all out, completing three stops. 
We rolled up at Paradox on Old Christchurch Road at 10.30am. We received a very warm welcome from both Eddie and Cissa, who introduced us to all the staff. Paradox is a unique place that has not only reached out to one subculture, but two. One half of the shop provides tattoos and piercings, the other provides all your vaping needs. Both the shop and its visitors were so pleased with their Vapouround Bus visit, they booked another one. We hope to return for a special evening on Friday, June 28, and warmer temperatures we hope! 
Next up was Vapourtrade on Alder Road where we met Charlie, before heading to another Vapourtrade stop, this time on Wimborne Road where we were greeted by Harry. Our pit-stops at both Vapourtrade sites were introductory, familiarising staff with the purpose and functions of the Vapouround Bus. Everyone at both Vapourtrade stores were thrilled with its new look and layout, eager to take pictures and videos both inside and out. We hope to return soon and give them a full outing! 
    
The British Vape Company, Bournemouth. Sunday, January 20 
On Sunday, we were greeted by sisters Tatiana and Alex. An eventful day saw us doing our duty for the local smokers by hooking them up with starter kits. Staff and vapers at The British Vape Company were very excited about the arrival of CBD in the vape trade, and look forward to seeing what it can do for those who need it. We were later joined by co-owner Matt, another pillar in the local vape community, who helped fill us in on The British Vape Company’s own brands and unique liquid ranges. 

Lincoln Market, August 18 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our visit to Lincoln Market gave us the chance to do more than we normally do via the Vapouround Bus. Riot Squad, blu and Premier E-Cigs accompanied us in a busy marketplace.

It’s never too late to learn something new in the vape industry, and sharing this space with such distinguished brands proved that.

In a high footfall area, we saw many people who had never been properly exposed to a vaping company before. Premier E-Cigs even provided some additional entertainment, challenging visitors with games. As always, we were ready to answer questions, provide goody bags and talk smokers through their first starter kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halesowen Town Centre

We’ve spent so much time in the West Midlands of late that the locals could be forgiven for thinking that the region has its own dedicated Vapouround Bus. This time around we were in Halesowen on May 11, a stone’s throw from Dudley where we’d been the week before Vaper Expo.

The primary role of the Vapouround Bus is to provide information and advice for vapers and smokers looking to make the switch to e-cigarettes. But increasingly, visitors are seeking advice on vaping CBD and are sharing their stories about how it has helped them. Such was the case with our first visitor of the day.

“A friend of mine switched from anti-depressants to CBD and never looked back,” he said. “He’s happier and calmer than he’s been in years.”

Shortly afterwards, we had our first cigarette – starter kit switch. A local called William had already made the decision to take up vaping and had been trying different e-liquid flavours here and there.

“I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now but haven’t pulled the trigger. You know how it is. But you’re here now so what better time to take the leap?”

Next up was Matt. Like William, it took a while for Matt to fully convert after his first few puffs on an Innokin device in a pub a few years ago. But he eventually succeeded and vaping soon evolved into something of a hobby. He recently started making his own juices and planned to get into coil-building. But most importantly, ditching cigarettes has significantly improved his health.

“My doctor knows all about my vaping and fully supports it,” he said. “Over the past two years my lung capacity has increased by 18 percent.”

Our starter kit offer was proving to be to be too good to resist, though some smokers needed a little more encouragement than others.

Collette had just one cigarette to see her through her work day and was understandably reluctant to give it up. But after some encouragement and guidance from Vapouround’s Ned Jones, she finally relented, dropping the cigarette in the ‘sin bin’ in exchange for a pod device.

A steady flow of vapers and smokers kept us busy through the rest of the day. Shortly before we packed up, Jason dropped in to see what we were all about. As well as improving his health, he was keen to find out what impact vaping could have on his wallet.

“I started smoking when I was nine years old and have been smoking 20 a day for as long as I can remember,” he said. “Hopefully a vape will be a big saving for me.” A free starter kit was a good place to start.

Stourbridge Town Centre

A trip to the West Midlands town of Stourbridge at the height of summer weather on May 18 is an opportunity few would turn down.

We set up in the bustling Crown Square and within seconds of opening the doors we welcomed our first curious visitor aboard: an elderly gentleman smoking a pipe. Throughout the day we had a mixture of smokers, vapers and dual-users all keen to find out what the bus was all about. Interest peaked at lunch, as visitors socialised with each other and even called friends to come and join them.

We handed out several e-cigarette starter kits including to a group of university students who had already been smoking for several years. The oldest recipient was a 70-year-old man who had been on 20-a-day from the age of 18, proving that it is never too early or too late to quit.

We had given away starter kits, juice samples and all our media packs, a testament to the quality of the liquids available in our testing stations and advertised on board. It’s difficult to imagine how this tour date could have gone any better because the reception we received from the people of Stourbridge was simply amazing.

Tamworth St Editha’s Square

The Vapouround team brought our beloved bus to St Editha’s Square in Tamworth on Friday September 22. It was great to finally make this trip as the event had been book and rescheduled in our diary a number of times.

Our bus really does seem to bring out the best in people and we received a really warm welcome from everyone we saw on the day.

In fact as soon as the bus had parked and opened up, we had the eyes and ears of the locals who were all curious about what was going on.

Perhaps the strangest reaction – and one I have never had before – was from a group of pensioners who looked very excited to see us. They milled around for a while until a spokesperson was appointed to enquire whether we were here to promote holidays for senior citizens.

They said the bus looked so bright and colourful that they would have loved to tour the country for day trips with us.

We explained that the bus was in town to promote vaping and help smokers quit cigarettes and they agreed that was a really worthwhile cause to promote.

Tamworth proved to be a really pro-vaping town and throughout the day we saw many more people vaping than smoking, a rare but promising sight. We were encouraged by the fact that there are plenty of vapers despite a scarcity of vape shops around the area. One of these vape shops, Drip Tease, wasn’t far from where the bus was positioned for the day. The staff came out to say hello and express their thoughts and excitement on how good the bus looked. 

Samples went down a treat as always, because let’s face it everybody loves a freebie, especially a blow-up flamingo that will hold your mod and juice!

Tamworth is a town that the Vapouround Bus will definitely be visiting again, as much by popular demand as personal preference. So, if you do live in the area keep an eye on the Vapouround Bus website to see when we’ll be returning.

We’re always happy to answer any questions and if you want to know more about getting the Vapouround Bus to your area or store, then contact either David Turner or Jorgie Shaw on 01332 650239.

Alternatively, they can be reached by email:

dave@vapouround.co.uk

jorgie@vapouround.co.uk  

Stafford 25th August

The Vapouround bus visited Stafford on the 25th August making it the second tour date that the new bus has attended.

As renovations are still going ahead with the bus we are still having to use the same set up as Newark-on-Trent, with the vape sampling station outside the bus itself.

At first I thought this might put people off because I was so used to seeing people coming on board the bus and trying e-liquids from our top deck vape sampling station.

However my fears proved groundless as we had a great day from start to finish. People were genuinely excited about our plans for the bus and were asking what it would look like when it was fully kitted out which was great to hear.

This was a beautiful sunny day and the sunlight really highlighted the colourful adverts which adorned the windows of the new double-decker.

For those in the vaping industry the names on the bus are household names but this was the first opportunity that a lot of the non-vaping community had of seeing these companies advertised anywhere.

I can honestly say that Stafford had one of the highest footfalls with people coming up to us all day to find out what was going on.

One man explained how he had been vaping now for more than two years and had never looked back.

He was a former heavy smoker who had been warned by his doctor that unless he quit smoking then he was risking his life.

This was enough for him to seek alternatives to smoking and vaping proved to be the only thing that was able to get him off tobacco for good.

It is always great to hear stories like this and it cannot be emphasised enough how great it us for us to hear stories like this.

The local vaping shops around the area came to say hi and introduce themselves and, as ever, it was a pleasure to meet members of the local vaping community.

A lot of people told us how they had first seen the bus at Vaper Expo back in October last year  which was the first time we unveiled the bus to the public.

Time flies and we are getting ready to take this new bus to the NEC in Birmingham for this October’s event and we are looking forward to that very much indeed.

So, if you will be at the Vaper Expo UK in October pop along and see the official launch of the NEW Vapouround bus as we would love to see you on board.

We are also always happy to answer any questions and if you want to know more about getting the Vapouround Bus to your area or store, then contact either David Turner or Jorgie Shaw on 01332 650239.

Alternatively, they can be reached by email:

dave@vapouround.co.uk

jorgie@vapouround.co.uk

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Newark-On-Trent

In case you didn’t know, we have a new bus and this was to be its first official outing.

As a result everyone was both excited and nervous at the same time when we visited Newark-on- Trent in Nottinghamshire on August 11.

This was to be a little different from bus tours of the past because the renovations to the inside of the bus were not yet complete but that was not going to stop us from bringing the Vapouround magic to Newark.

Instead of people trying out new juices on the top deck of the bus, we set up a gazebo on the outside

with the vape boxes underneath.

We had other vape goodies on display too and, to be honest, it all looked rather good.

The new bus turned heads on the drive to Newark and, always, it was soon drawing a crowd of curious individuals who wanted to know what was going on.

We had a lot of interest in the bus throughout the day and a large cross section of people came along to check us out, sample e-liquids and find out more about vaping generally.

A lot of the interest we did have was from smokers who were looking to take the transition to vaping to better the quality of their lives and kick the smoking habit.

It’s always nice to help non-experienced vapours and give them on advice on what would work best for them. It also helps when they sample the vape boxes so they can get an idea of what flavours they like best, as there is nothing worse than taking the step to quit smoking and finding out the e-liquid you have purchased isn’t for you. So, it is always nice to try before you buy.

During the day we also handed out sample bags courtesy of Premier E-Cigs who are the UK Distributors for products from top names including Naked Fish, Mello Buddha, Hangsen and The Council of Vapor.

The sample bags went down a treat with the public and this was another great bit of PR work for the vaping industry as we met lots of great people and had a lot of fun.

The bus will continue its tour of the UK and it could soon be coming to a town or city near you.

We’re always happy to answer any questions and if you want to know more about getting the Vapouround Bus to your area or store, then contact either David Turner or Jorgie Shaw on 01332 650239.

Alternatively, they can be reached by email:

dave@vapouround.co.uk

jorgie@vapouround.co.uk

Vapouround Newark August 17

In case you didn’t know, we have a new bus and this was to be its first official outing.

As a result everyone was both excited and nervous at the same time when we visited Newark-on- Trent in Nottinghamshire on August 11.

This was to be a little different from bus tours of the past because the renovations to the inside of the bus were not yet complete but that was not going to stop us from bringing the Vapouround magic to Newark.

Instead of people trying out new juices on the top deck of the bus, we set up a gazebo on the outside

with the vape boxes underneath.

We had other vape goodies on display too and, to be honest, it all looked rather good.

The new bus turned heads on the drive to Newark and, always, it was soon drawing a crowd of curious individuals who wanted to know what was going on.

We had a lot of interest in the bus throughout the day and a large cross section of people came along to check us out, sample e-liquids and find out more about vaping generally.

A lot of the interest we did have was from smokers who were looking to take the transition to vaping to better the quality of their lives and kick the smoking habit.

It’s always nice to help non-experienced vapours and give them on advice on what would work best for them. It also helps when they sample the vape boxes so they can get an idea of what flavours they like best, as there is nothing worse than taking the step to quit smoking and finding out the e-liquid you have purchased isn’t for you. So, it is always nice to try before you buy.

During the day we also handed out sample bags courtesy of Premier E-Cigs who are the UK Distributors for products from top names including Naked Fish, Mello Buddha, Hangsen and The Council of Vapor.

The sample bags went down a treat with the public and this was another great bit of PR work for the vaping industry as we met lots of great people and had a lot of fun.

The bus will continue its tour of the UK and it could soon be coming to a town or city near you.

We’re always happy to answer any questions and if you want to know more about getting the Vapouround Bus to your area or store, then contact either David Turner or Jorgie Shaw on 01332 650239.

Alternatively, they can be reached by email:

dave@vapouround.co.uk

jorgie@vapouround.co.uk