A UK wholesaler and retailer has uncovered a nationwide credit card scam that has left British vape businesses tens or possibly hundreds of thousands of pounds out of pocket.
UK Vape Supply lost £3700 after a gang, reportedly from the Rochdale or Blackburn area, paid for goods over-the-phone with a stolen credit card and then used the receipt to collect the items from a City Vape store.
Following the incident, City Vape emailed other businesses and were astonished to discover that shops from as far apart as London, Scotland, Wales and Ireland had been targeted by the scammers. It is clear that these were not isolated incidents.
“They ask for the same stuff every time – Alien Q-Boxes in bulk,” Patrick Wilson of UK Vape Supply told us.
The next time the scammers made an order, City Vape set up a sting operation, resulting in Greater Manchester Police successfully apprehending one of the scammers. On searching the perpetrator’s property they found incriminating evidence, including guns and other weapons.
The investigation is ongoing.
We will be covering this in more depth in the December issue of Vapouround Magazine. If you have been targeted by this or any other scam, please email email@example.com to let us know.
How a first-timer can prepare for one of the biggest vape shows of the year.
If you’ve decided to take the plunge and experience one of the best vape trade shows in the world, congratulations! We can’t wait to see you there. With little over a month left, we can confidently say that Vaper Expo: The Return, A Celebration of Vaping will live up to its name, and cap off an excellent year for the business and the people who love it.
But it wouldn’t be wise to rush in blind to such a momentous event. Here’s the best last-minute advice we have to help make your weekend the best it can possibly be.
Get Some Good Footwear
We’re not kidding when we say you’ll be spoiled for choice. Every stand at the Expo is brimming with new liquids, mods, people to share with, and experiences to be had. Odds are you’ll be on your feet for hours at a time, so eliminate any potential discomfort with a comfortable pair of shoes.
Get a Good Bag
By the time you leave, you may very well end up holding more bottles than the average liquor store. If you don’t want to compromise and dispose of anything to free up space, make sure you arrive with a spacious sturdy bag for all your goods.
Stock Up On Food and Drink
As you journey from stand to stand, vaping hundreds of flavours and snapping pictures of sights seldom seen outside the Expo, you may lose yourself in all the excitement and forget to recharge. It’s a weekend of unexpected twists and turns, not always suited to a rigid schedule. Make sure you don’t end up running on an empty stomach, and have a bottle of water at the ready to keep yourself hydrated.
Prepare Your Mod For Anything
Regardless of what kind of mod you’re packing, it’s going to be put through its paces, taking more unique liquids in a single weekend than most do in a month. Extra batteries are a must. We also recommend a mobile or plug-in charger kit.
Prepare For The Weather
As discussed in our previous blog post Winter is Coming, the latter end of the year isn’t the friendliest or most efficient for vapers, weather-wise. The only potential dampener on the weekend could be…literal damp. Wrap up warm and stay dry – that goes double for your vaping hardware and liquids. See the full post for details.
Know The Terrain
The Vaper Expo organisers have kindly allowed us to share the live floor plan ahead of the weekend, to free you up from needing to re-check your map every few minutes. Here’s the link:
Most of all, have fun, and never be afraid to give feedback. Honest reviews are the lifeblood of the Expo’s continued expansion and improvements, and your words can play a part in making the next outing even better.
Find the floor plan here: https://floorplan.live/data/api/events/381/views/17/pdf-external
Vapouround back a quitting campaign finally embracing e-cigarettes.
October is almost upon us. While we’re all eagerly counting down to Halloween and the Vaper Expo, here’s an unmissable initiative to last the entire month.
For the very first time, the Stoptober campaign, started by government agency Public Health England, is endorsing and embracing the use of e-cigarettes as a tool for smoking cessation.
Stoptober 2017 will even feature vaping in its TV adverts, overcoming a hurdle companies have been contending with for years.
This represents a major step towards institutional support for e-cigarettes, and is great news for vapers and vape businesses in the UK.
But what is Stoptober?
“Stoptober” was started in 2012 by Public Health England as the Lent of smoking cessation. According to their website:
“Stoptober is based on the insight that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to be able to stay quit for good. The campaign chunks down the quitting process, presents it as a more manageable 28 days and rallies people around a specific date to get started.”
Stoptober is now in its sixth year and begins, as always, on October 1. You can find PHE’s clear and accessible resources via their website: campaignresources.phe.gov.uk.
If your usual warnings about cigarettes and recommended vapes have gone unheeded, Stoptober comes with a boost. Having a set date and time period, as well as treating cessation as a trial run can help the quitting process. A single smoke-free month is often enough for the positives to show. If you have a friend or loved one in your life who you’d like to see quit cigarettes, this may be the perfect opportunity for them to experience the benefits of a cigarette-free lifestyle without the intimidating prospect of long-term commitment putting them off.
The meteoric rise of e-cigarette use has put another invaluable tool in its arsenal. Vaping is known for the strong, intimate sense of community it creates, and for many this is the extra step needed not just to get off cigarettes, but stay off them. Few can quit such an addictive habit without a friendly system of support and accountability.
For Stoptober 2017, Vapouround are taking it one step further.
Stoptober 2017 will be Vapouround’s second foray into the campaign, and it’s looking better than ever. We’ll be hosting a competition via Facebook, wherein vapers tag friends who smoke. The winner will receive a free mod, and other high-quality Vapouround merchandise.
Tagged smokers will be set up with their very own starter kits, provided by Evolution Vaping. Introducing newcomers to vaping is a specialty of vape companies, and we have full confidence in what can be provided. We hope that for many smokers, this Stoptober won’t just be another ticked box in the calendar, but the beginning of a permanent lifestyle change for the better.
The Indian government is considering an outright ban on e-cigarettes after the Union Health Ministry came to the contestable conclusion that vape products are addictive and harmful.
The study was commissioned after The Health Department of Maharashtra requested that the Food and Drug Administration enforce a ban.
Experts have been critical of the findings, which ignore the potential for harm reduction in a country that has 11.2% of the world’s smokers.
Professor R.N. Sharan of the Department of Biochemistry, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) and M. Siddiqi, Chairman of Cancer Foundation of India have written a letter to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda urging him to consider regulating electronic cigarettes instead of banning them outright.
“We believe that public health in India is at a greater risk under a prohibitive environment than by allowing smokers, who wish to cease tobacco use, an alternative option based on nicotine replacement via e-cigarettes.”
A number of states including Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Maharashtra already prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and it is estimated that 30-50% of the e-cigarette market is online.
While all parties agree that some form of government control is needed to safeguard minors from exposure to nicotine, critics argue that it would hypocritical to ban safer alternatives to smoking while allowing tobacco sales to continue.
Your chance to get involved in an influential survey – and voice your opinion about vapour products and advertising restrictions.
The Committee of Advertising Practice has just announced that they are consulting on potential changes to present prohibitions on e-cigarette and e-liquid health claims.
According to their official press release:
“This proposal follows the results of a call for evidence last year in which a majority of respondents argued that improvements in products and the positive view taken by many public health stakeholders about e-cigarettes’ relative safety compared with smoked tobacco warranted the removal of the prohibition.”
The inability to clearly state the truth of vaping’s safety and other benefits when compared to combustible cigarette smoking has hampered companies trying to get their message out and further this miraculous public health boon.
The announcement’s mention of a call to evidence, and the feedback of respondents should be encouraging to us. When we unite, turn words into action and make the case for vaping – backed by the evidence – we make a difference.
This is a rare opportunity to have a real say in the future of the vape industry by lifting one of its most restrictive constrains. Click on the link, get send your thoughts and don’t forget to share.
Vaping thrives when its strong community comes together; it has seen us through the TPD, misleading tabloid stories, and other pressures. Now, with your help, we can gain another victory.
You can learn more here.
You have until Monday 16 October. If you’re in the vaping industry, or a dedicated vaper who cares about its future, take this survey and be counted!