Everything the itinerant vaper needs for a safe, clean and easy vape when out and about.
Experience is everything, and at Vapouround we’re often out in the field to cover events and meet our partners face to face. We love to enjoy a good vape while carrying the banner for the business, and sometimes that means stocking up and preparing for the long haul.
Following the success of our two-part special on customising your car for a safer vape while driving, we decided to lend a helping hand to the wandering vaper.
If you’re going to be away from the house (or any building) for a while, you won’t want to leave without these handy accessories. And if you’re a business looking to widen your consumer base to include more lovers of the outdoors and workers who aren’t in the typical 9-5 office environment, take notes!
Like any evolving product, all of the items on this list have undergone changes from mundane (occasionally unsightly) functionality to presentable to downright stylish, and are now as fashionable as they are practical.
A Battery Kit
There’s nothing worse than seeing your mod screen flash with the symbol of an emptying battery as you wait for a throat hit and an influx of sweet vapour that just won’t come. This is especially bad if you’re on a night out and trying to avoid the drink-addled temptation and ever-present peer pressure to take a cigarette.
It can happen to anyone, even when you venture out with a fully-charged mod. This is where a mobile battery kit comes in handy. Pay close attention to wattage and compatibility; almost every mod accident can be traced to poor matchmaking with chargers.
Tools For Emergency Repairs
A small, easily stored and transportable toolkit could be the difference between fixing a problematic mod ASAP and waiting for hours before your next vape, or watching a small issue turn unmanageable and having to replace some expensive equipment. These items can help you keep your devices clean and clear.
Always have at least one properly made vape cloth on you when out. Even the safest of e-liquids with the lowest levels of nicotine should be kept away from the skin, and no matter how careful you are, you’ll need to be prepared for the occasional spill. Be mindful of how spilled liquids can stain surfaces and harm devices too.
And not just to stay hydrated! Dry mouth or “vape mouth” is something most of us who vape will experience at some point, especially those of us who like a high-wattage mod and a VG juice for a satisfying cloud. Keep a bottle of water handy if you’re out vaping in the sunshine.
The National Health Service have been providing public healthcare services to everyone in the UK, including visitors, since 1948. Despite its cuts and budgets, people in England have been experiencing blissful healthcare treatments for over 60 years from the NHS.
The NHS are known to be one of the largest and most beneficial healthcare providers in the UK. I’m sure we can all say we’re eternally grateful to the NHS for being there for us whether we had loved ones who have been sick with the flu or if it’s been an unfortunate terminally ill disease like lung cancer, which can be caused by smoking.
Regardless of the illness, the NHS has continued to provide exceptional healthcare services to all patients.
Ever since vaping has grown in popularity, e-cigarettes are now one of the top four alternatives to stop smoking on the NHS website. In fact, Public Health England have claimed that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than smoking and has proved that in most cases, e-cigarettes are a better alternative than nicotine patches or gum.
Similarly, Cancer Research UK (2017) have conducted studies where they have found:
“Existing evidence showing that e-cigarettes and NRT are far safer than smoking.”
With all the controversy that surrounds e-cigarettes in the media, even Alison Cox from Cancer Research UK has claimed that recent:
“Studies add to growing evidence that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco, and suggests the long-term effects of these products will be minimal.”
But what does this mean for vaping and the NHS?
With vaping on the rise, there has been hearsay about e-cigarettes being prescribed under the NHS as a means of quitting smoking. Although this has yet to be confirmed, there are already other stop smoking services that promote e-cigarettes so if you or a friend are looking to quit smoking, check out your local NHS stop smoking service.
However, people have raised concerns on the safety of e-cigarettes even though they have proved to be a successful aid in helping smokers to quit.
Although doctors cannot prescribe e-cigarettes yet, vapers should remain hopeful that once medicinally licensed e-cigarette products become available on the market, GPs could potentially prescribe them.
Do you think e-cigarettes should be prescribe by the NHS? Let us know in the comments section.
Until the next blog post, live long and vape!
World Trade Connection Logistics
From every corner of the world, the vaping market is proving itself by far as one of the leading industries for developing, releasing and improving its unique devices. But let’s not overlook the delicate details: manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers who buy vape related products overseas often require an agent to organise product shipping, and that’s where WTC Logistics step in. WTC Logistics have paved an easier path for business consumers, handling numerous aspects from shipping all the way to delivery, always ensuring customer satisfaction. Saving time and money is vital to all companies which is why WTC Logistics act as the mediator for the vaping industry.
Vapouround Magazine caught up with Stuart Mathieson, director of WTC Logistics UK.
VM: Who are WTC Logistics and what do you do?
SM: WTC Logistics have been involved in the vaping industry for over five years now and we have been growing since 2012. To put it quite simply, WTC Logistics act as a mediator between you and your factory for the transportation of your orders, as the first point of call for shipping e-cigarette related products between the UK, USA, and China, made efficient by having 20 offices located all around the world.
With TPD in place there has been an added focus on assisting more companies in the USA with their e-liquids hence working closely with e-liquid manufacturers who are aiming to sell their products globally. Our involvement is to complete the global supply chain by offering a cost effective reliable service in the USA as well as China and the UK. The whole point of doing this is to make their lives easier. We’ve grown with the industry, to become a reliable partner of choice which has been recognised also by the IBVTA who have recently appointed WTC Logistics UK as their approved logistics supplier which also allows us to offer its members additional and beneficial tailored services.
VM: How did WTC Logistics become immersed in the vape world?
SM: We have offices located across China and one of them had a shipment of e-cigarettes booked with us that needed to be arranged to the UK. Being a relatively new product at the time, we thought it best to do some research into the shipping and market requirements. We found that e-cigarettes were becoming a popular, fast-moving product on the market and we’re proud to have been a part of the vaping industry’s origins. The journey has allowed us to forge strong relationships with shippers, factories and customers alike which we are very pleased to be a part of.
VM: How are WTC Logistics contributing to the vaping industry?
SM: First and foremost is cost saving. We save companies up to 20-40% on their shipping fees and subsequently guarantee the best prices, independent from the suppliers. Most suppliers will need regular contact to make sure the product is available on schedule. WTC liaise directly with the factories to establish the lead times and departure schedules for our customer’s orders. At WTC Logistics, we take the hassle away from our clients, we like to take a more proactive approach to the process. Instead of our customers having to deal individually with ready dates, delivery, shipping, collection, WTC do it for you as one point of contact, which saves our customers valuable time and money.
VM: What is the most enjoyable aspect of working in the vaping industry?
SM: Having been in the vaping industry for over five years, I would definitely say the people. I’ve been in the freight forwarding sector for many years and I’ve met many different characters and personalities along the way. The vaping industry is one of the latest sectors out there and with that an exciting new energy. It’s very rare to delve into a new commodity but having found ourselves immersed in the vaping world, we are appreciating that the people involved in the industry are as excited to learn more about this growing industry, as we are.
VM: How has WTC Logistics progressed since its launch?
SM: We’ve seen the market progress and being part of that has brought expansion for WTC Logistics UK too. Initially, there were cartomizers and cig-a-like’s on the scene but once the second generation of the e-cigarette went into production, WTC was able to focus on the wider market and become more involved in shaping the shipping process whilst aiding clients who were looking to become a prominent voice within the vaping industry.
VM: What’s next for WTC Logistics?
SM: With TPD in effect, there’s been a slight shift focus in manufacturing so we’re concentrating on working closely with the American manufacturers. Even with the TPD regulations affecting everyone in the vaping world, WTC aim to continue to assist people through this change.
Social media was a way to pass time, something the “cool kids” were doing. In a way to socialise, to find out what’s new with everyone and to make plans for the day. Well, its 2017 and social media has evolved. It’s now the biggest and most effective methods of communication. Whether its interacting with friends, colleagues, or clients, most of us cannot get through the day without checking what’s new online.
It’s a great tool share information, in fact it’s the best tool if you want to find out about the latest news on vaping or the best juices to try.
Here we look at how Vapouround Magazine uses social media to keep in touch with everyone from regular readers to the wider international vaping community.
Once Vapouround magazine launched back in 2015, we took our vaping business to social media for the magic to happen! With a whopping 19,000 followers on Instagram, 6,000 followers on Twitter, and 5,000 friends on Facebook, the Vapouround team have outdone themselves yet again! But it doesn’t end there, oh no, our marketing department are regularly communicating with friends and followers across all of Vapouround’s social media channel to keep everyone updated on vape related news and trends.
Katie Loomes, manages the Instagram account alongside other colleagues in the marketing department, has increased the follower count to an incredible 19, 000 in the last few months!
She invests a lot of time on the account and posts regularly on a daily basis:
“It’s really important to engage with our followers online,” explains Katie.
She goes on to mention that the best way to inform vapers about the magazine’s competitions is through social media:
“It instantly grabs their attention. It’s different to Facebook.”
“You can’t share content on Instagram like you can on Facebook but you can get people to like and comment on your posts.”
Persevering to gain more followers on the account, Katie and others, continuously engages with followers and other vape companies and interacts with them via Instagram:
“If people send in pictures of them reading the magazine, I’ll be sure to post them.”
Besides deciding whether X Pro III or Nashville filters captures the surreal vape effect, Katie think it’s an excellent way to deliver exceptional customer service online:
“I’m on IG 24/7 so if someone messages the account or decides to comment, I can write back straight away, that way we’re developing a mutual relationship on our passion for vaping.”
From interacting with customers online, we, as a vaping community, can help each other and immediately address the needs of our fellow or, potential vapers.
When you hit that snooze button on your alarm in the morning, what’s the first step you take? If you’re an avid vaper, you reach for your mod and inhale a delicious flavoured e-liquid to start your day. The second step? Grab your phone and scroll through your Facebook feed. Facebook has been the first platform to find out about the latest news or trends for many years.
It’s also become the most efficient way to announce news, trends and stories on vaping which is why we at Vapouround keep regular updates on our Facebook page. From reading about the health benefits of vaping, finding about the latest mod on the market, to reading Vapouround’s latest edition, and attending our local bus tours, we have access to communicate with our vapers and friends to share fun and interesting stories, memes, and facts on vaping.
Twitter is just one of the biggest social media platforms to communicate with people. Whether it’s for sociable or professional purposes, the fastest and convenient way to reach somebody is via social media, and Twitter is an excellent tool for communication.
Here at Vapouround, we find that announcing our fantastic competitions, biggest tradeshow collaborations and posting vaping news on Twitter, invites our vapers interests instantly. Not only does it provide us with the chance to interact with members from the vaping community, but we can inform our readers with the latest updates on Vapouround and vaping itself.
What’s so great about promoting Vapouround on social media is the relationship we form with the vaping community via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We can share the latest vaping news and upcoming vape events with our fellow vapers. People not only want to buy what is a good product, but also what looks like a good product. And with multiple filters on Instagram, you can work wonders with the style of your vaping equipment. With so many followers online, we decided to switch things up and launch a YouTube channel.
What’s great about YouTube is the opportunity to film and showcase our achievements to the world and that’s exactly what we have decided to do.
From attending local vape shows, UK Vapouround bus tours, and competitions, Vapouround’s YouTube channel allows members of the vaping community from across the globe to gain a glimpse of Vapouround Magazine’s journey and success.
For great opportunities that are unfortunately missed by members of the public, social media – especially YouTube, is a powerful method to keep people update. It not only informs, but entertains vapers and non-vapers with the art of visual photography and videos.
Sharing and connecting on social media gets people involved and that’s what we at Vapouround intend to do. We want you to feel included and be a part of the vaping community.
Social media is a large platform and similarly, vaping is a massive community that interacts mainly, online. With just a click of a button or a simple touch on your smartphone, you can reach millions of people all around the globe. It’s like living a different life online, one that charms different characters and summons different communities.
Considering the vaping industry is continuously growing rapidly, so are our friends and followers.
To stay social, follow us on YouTube, tweet us on Twitter, friend us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!
Even a serious heart attack could not stop Simon Thurlow from smoking…but vaping did.
IT Security Architect Simon Thurlow, from Swansea, South Wales, explains how vaping changed his life after 30 years of smoking left him needing heart surgery.
On June 6, 2011 (I always remember the date as it is also the D-Day anniversary), I bought and started using my first e-cigarette.
I can’t remember what type of e-cigarette it was but most were pretty rudimentary in those days compared to what we have now. A few months earlier I had found myself in hospital due to a myocardial infarction (basically, two of the main arteries feeding into my heart had become blocked, starving my heart of blood and oxygen).
In hospital I had an operation to clear the blockages and was told in no uncertain terms that my problems had been caused by my previous 30 years smoking habit, which I should quit.
I managed to stay off the cigarettes for a couple of weeks following the operation, but gradually found myself having the odd cigarette here and there and soon found myself fully back in the habit.
Around the same time, I started to read articles about this new thing called e-cigarettes on the internet. Curious about them, and because I wanted to be free of the smoking habit that had put me in hospital, I started researching them and decided to give them a go.
I smoked my last five cigarettes on that June morning and have not had (or wanted) a tobacco cigarette since then. Now I am a vaper, not a smoker and my life is far better for it.
I still have some issues, but not caused by vaping. I have regular check-ups at both my local GP surgery and at the cardiac centre in the local hospital. My current health issue is a leaking valve near to my heart and I do have to undergo an operation to either replace or repair it.
Both my GP and the cardiac consultant are aware that I vape and both are fully supportive as they recognise the considerably reduced risk of vaping when compared to smoking.
During my last check-up, I was wired up and on a treadmill. The nurse in charge of the test said my lung capacity showed that I was clearly a non-smoker. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are also well within acceptable limits so I am seeing, and feeling, clear benefits to my health.
Quite apart from the obvious health benefits, I actually rather enjoy the whole vaping experience far more than I ever enjoyed cigarettes. It is the sheer variety of flavours that, I feel, has helped to make vaping such a successful phenomenon.
The other thing I enjoy about vaping is the community. Because of the actions of certain members of the public health and political communities, there is very much a sense of ‘us and them’ and it has engendered a camaraderie among vapers that is not seen in many other communities.
Whenever I get together with a group of vapers, whether at the pub or a vape event, you witness that great sense of community and friendship as we all have a common ground and sense of enjoyment.
However, the future of the vaping industry is an interesting query and, in my opinion, very much depends on what happens post-Brexit here in the UK.
If left to evolve naturally, vaping can go a long way in the next five years. You only have to look at the innovations and great strides forward that have already been achieved over the last five years to see that.
Unfortunately, the attitude of the governments (and Public Health) of a great many countries is going to greatly restrict vaping. All is not lost yet. Far from it. There is much, much more to come in the story of vaping.
As a passionate vaper in Swansea, other avid vapers may be aware of how close Welsh Labour got to banning e-cigarettes from enclosed public spaces earlier this year. But it was defeated due to heavy intervention and fighting back by the more vocal of us vapers in Wales.
In conjunction with the (now defunct) Save e-cigs campaign, a group of us spent two years getting ourselves in front of as many Welsh politicians as possible. We spent countless hours travelling around the country to meet with those politicians, armed with all the science to back up our assertions that vaping should be left alone, that it was not something to be feared, but embraced. And it paid off – big time.
The reason that the e-cigarette supporting politicians in the Welsh Assembly were so well informed was due to all the science and research that we had been feeding to them. It was extremely uplifting to see our political supporters standing up in the Assembly and fighting against the proposed ban using the science, facts and figures that we had provided to them.
Yes, it was a close run thing and we did get an element of luck to win that battle. But win it, we did. I like to think that the gusto and stubbornness we showed, the backs-to-the-wall no surrender attitude we displayed, was a major factor why Welsh Labour have shied away from attempting to reintroduce the vaping ban in the new Public Health Wales Bill that is about to start its way through the Assembly.
Quitting smoking does not have be an onerous or difficult decision any more. The easiest and best way to quit smoking is by switching to e-cigarettes. They taste better, are more enjoyable, and can be customised to your taste. All you need to do is find the right nicotine strength and flavour for you. Everyone is different.
Go to a vape store and they will assist you to find the right setup. The more attuned your setup to your own personal tastes, the greater your chances of switching completely to vaping.
If you have tried vaping before and found it was not right for you, try again. The technology has changed and advanced a lot in recent years. Vaping is becoming more and more pleasurable with each new innovation and advance, and you will save yourself a lot of money in comparison to smoking.