Refax Vapes, Queensway, August 4 2018

Shop manager Cheryl Yee hosted us on a beautiful sunny day on a busy high street providing perfect public exposure.

An overwhelming majority of those we engaged were non-vapers having their first experience with our smoking cessation service. Even vapers who visited us left the bus determined to help get their friends and relatives off cigarettes.

Inside the shop, we learned that Refax has connected extremely well with the local vaping community and everyone involved was happy to help grow it that day.

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.

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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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