Derbyshire Vape (Formerly V Vapour), South Normanton. February 2019

We travel all over the UK in the trusty Vapouround bus, meeting countless vapers and converting smokers along the way. But there’s nothing quite like playing on home turf, particularly when it means weaving through the picturesque streets of Derbyshire to get to Derbyshire Vape in South Normanton.

The shop first opened its doors in 2015 and soon became the go-to resource for a growing community of vapers and speculative smokers considering making the life-changing switch to e-cigarettes. The shop stocks everything from juices and mods to replacement glass and coils.

With owner Michaela looking after us, we set up shop and waited for the first customers of the day to arrive.

It’s very hard for pedestrians to pass the bus without having a good look at it, so it wasn’t long before the broad spectrum of the community began to drop by to see what we were all about. Some tried the juices and asked questions, others took that important first step of swapping their cigarettes for a starter kit.

One of the most rewarding aspects of travelling on the bus is listening to the stories from people whose lives have been changed by vaping. Derbyshire Vape was no exception.

Among the stories, the team chatted with 58-year-old, Anne Cooper.

Anne jumped on the vape train six-and-a-half years ago, which, in the relatively short history of vaping, makes her an earlier convert to the technology.

Anne had smoked for more than 30 years, practically half her life. She finally found an alternative that would see her ditch cigarettes for good. She now counts herself as one of the shop’s many regulars, popping by every week to stock up on supplies.

Another hectic leg of the Vapouround bus tour drew to a close, giving us pause to reflect on how vaping continues to change the lives of countless former-smokers in our local community.

Premier E-Cigs, Mansfield, September 7 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Often on tour, no matter where we go and what we see, it’s the people who make the best impression.

Whilst getting the true premier industry experience at Premier E-Cigs, the bus was visited by a woman suffering from MS. She had been given a life expectancy of twenty years and had lived double that on a five-a-day habit. Now, urged by her children, she decided to quit, going home to personally pick up her pack to trade with us.

After taking her starter kit, the newly-converted vaper signed up to the Vapouround Club to what we hope will be a long and fruitful journey for her.

 

The British Vape Company, Bournemouth, August 25 2018

The British Vape Company, Bournemouth, August 25
There’s no where better than a bustling high street to do business. And where better than Bournemouth? Hosts Matt and Tatiana at The British Vape Company proved how well they have cultivated relationships with the locals, as smokers and non-smokers alike braved some adverse weather conditions  to get their fill of the shop and the Vapouround bus. This day saw families changed, with one young woman taking a starter kit for her stepdad. Matt and Tatiana even provided some of their own manufactured liquids on the day. We’ll be back!

A natural hotspot of both dedicated vapers and smokers who have yet to make the switch, we were exposed to the best examples of what the industry can do for communities.

 

Vaper Expo Shop, Halesowen, August 3 2018

Like the show it was named after, the Vaper Expo Shop in Halesowen attracted the best and brightest.

A calm, relaxed atmosphere at the venue allowed us to enjoy more in-depth conversations with both vape shop workers and curious members of the public. It’s one thing to provide an entry point into vaping for curious smokers, but spending quality time with them as you do is a huge bonus.

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.

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

Nottingham City Tour

The main aim of a city tour is to market the bus to the public as much as possible in a short space time, we made sure we targeted some high populated residential areas within Nottingham. With this being our first city tour since the re-wrap I wanted to stay local to where we are based before venturing out further and the public’s reaction to the bus was great. I even lipread a lady say “wow” and nudged her partner to have a look as well which is fantastic.
Our next city tour is booked in for the 8th March in Stoke on Trent so if anyone see’s us on our travels please give us a wave! You will also have the chance to receive a free vape wild bag full of goodies if you take a picture of yourself with the bus in the background.
If you would like to see the bus in an area near you please contact Jorgie@vapouround.co.uk or dave@vapouround.co.uk or alternatively you can call 01332 650239.