Meet Mt Baker Vapor – Becky’s Story
Unlike the majority of vapers, I have never smoked a cigarette before. I took a drag off one cigarette when I was 15 out of curiosity, and hated it, so I decided never to smoke. My friends and family didn’t smoke either, so it wasn’t hard for me to follow through with that decision. I was first introduced to vaping in 2012 after my boyfriend got a job at Mt Baker Vapor. I spent months listening to him talk about the job and electronic cigarettes and vaping until I finally decided to work for Mt Baker Vapor as well. I wanted an opportunity to learn more about the culture behind vaping and what it was all about, and I honestly don’t think I could have found a better place to do that.
Since I hadn’t ever used a vaporizer before, I spent the first couple of months asking lots of questions about vaping, vapor products, and the benefits of vaping versus smoking a cigarette. One of my co-workers gave me his old e-Roll (shown below) so I could see what vaping was all about and try some of the flavors we were making. I admit, I went a little crazy with the flavor testing after I got that e-Roll just because of how excited I was to finally have my own vaporizer! Within months, I had a whole box of e-liquid I had mixed up! Since I didn’t smoke or vape previously, trying to vape e-liquid with nicotine was rough, so I stuck to 3mg and below. Even now, I like to try the new flavors, and I will occasionally have my current personal vaporizer, a Gwar-wrapped MVP (shown below), at work to do this, which is awesome!
The thing that kept me interested in vaping and working with Mt Baker Vapor was hearing all of the stories from customers and employees who have switched over to vaping from smoking cigarettes. These stories all talked about how vaping helped them quit using cigarettes, how vaping helped them reduce their nicotine intake, how they no longer had a smoker’s cough after only days of switching to vaping, and, most importantly, how vaping saved their life. I was inspired by these stories and wanted to help support this community in whatever way I could.
I’ve been working for Mt Baker Vapor for over two years now. Throughout my time here, I have learned a great deal about vaping, about the electronic cigarette industry, and about the culture. I have attended and exhibited at vape events, conferences, and meetings. I have also recently been involved in a few discussions on the legislative issues surrounding the electronic cigarette industry. It amazes me how much opposition and negativity there has been, even with the release of so many positive studies and articles. From every vaper I have ever met, I have only ever heard about the benefits of switching over. Sure, inhaling anything other than oxygen isn’t going to be “good” for you, but it sure seems like inhaling something without the thousands of harmful chemicals would at least be “better” for you. Additionally, I think it’s important to note here that I can both count on one hand and pronounce all of the ingredients involved in the e-liquid we manufacture. I cannot do the same for regular cigarettes, which just doesn’t sit well with me.
Even if the electronic cigarette industry continues to receive flak from legislation, and even if they give us ridiculous rules and regulations to follow, I believe the vaping community will continue to stand strong and fight for what they believe in. Having been included in this industry for the past couple of years, I can safely say that we will not go down quietly. As part of the vaping industry and community, we all have a part to play in supporting the cause. If there is anything, I have learned in this past year it is that as a well informed member of the community, you can make a difference.
Written by: Becky K.