Meet Mt. Baker Vapor – Jacob’s Story

I grew up on a ranch breaking and training horses. My family was cowfolk and bikers so when the day came that I started smoking much too young, it came as no surprise. Everyone I had ever known smoked. Stereotypes aren’t always so far off the mark, and in this regard my proverbial apple didn’t fall so far from the tree.

In middle school and high school I was all about the extra-curriculars. I did band, choir, theater, soccer, basketball, football, and gymnastics. Thanks to smoking, in so many things I fell behind. Despite being larger and leaner than most of the kids in my grade, I couldn’t run as fast or push as hard. By high school I was in the shape of my life and I spent up to 5 hours in the gym every day. Even then, I was the only stacked kid in high school who couldn’t climb a flight of stairs without getting winded.


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Jacob’s mod, a 26650 Megan Chi

Post-puberty, my lack of ability to do cardio caught up with me. A few pounds here and there at first, and then all at once. All in a flash, I felt like I woke up one day and put on 100lbs. The first time I looked at the scale and it read 315lbs I knew something had to change. But I couldn’t give up smoking so no matter how hard I tried I hit a wall. I couldn’t run. I couldn’t bike. I couldn’t go on hikes or swim with my friends or play games without edging too close on blacking out. As I grew fatter and smoked more, my ambitions began to fall by the wayside and I resigned myself to a low self-esteem life of little to no achievement or passion. I stopped playing music or going outside and started drinking and playing more video games. Years went by in this state.

Fast forward to age 23. After a bad breakup I had to move in with a friend who was a non-smoker. Out of respect for him, I had begun to whittle my smoking down. Not a lot, mind you, but enough to set the stage. As I had no room of my own I had begun to go out more and spend more time with my friends. During one such outing a friend of mine brought along a girl who worked at a vape shop. She had a high end e-cig she referred to as a mod and offered me a puff. Out of curiosity, I couldn’t resist myself. IT WAS DELICIOUS!

The next day, paycheck in hand, I walked into the vape shop she worked for and told her I needed one of those mod thingies. Over the next month, my smoking whittled down to levels I hadn’t seen since I was a kid. I was amazed at how satisfied I was with my vape! I felt better too! Way better! I started going to the gym again and lost almost 40lbs! I could taste and smell things I didn’t even know existed! Over the next month, that girl and I became very close as well. then came the moment. The final straw. Words I dreaded as I had heard them so many times before.

“I’ll never date a smoker.”

The next day was November 7th, 2014. Nearly 8 months ago on November 7th, I had my last cigarette. I decided I didn’t need cigarettes anymore now that I had my vape and I was never going to let an opportunity pass me by because of cigarettes again. On november 8th that girl and I made our relationship official.

Since then, my life has only improved. That girl and I are still together, I am down to 268lbs and counting, and I am the Assistant Manager of Mt. Baker Vapor’s brick and mortar shop! I love my job! I get to spend my days vaping, building coils, and hopefully bringing the same relief to all of my customers that has found it’s way into my life! I am so proud and happy to be a part of an industry dedicated to helping people. More so to be a part of a company that cares about it’s employees and it’s customers and local involvement. How many people can say that they absolutely love their job? Count me among them!

This retail store is my baby and I hope to keep it going and helping people and connecting with the community well into the future.

Something to think about:

I allowed my weight and my smoking defeat me over and over again through life. Since kicking the habit, My self esteem has improved and I have taken charge over my life. What have you done/can you do to take charge and choose your own future?


Kenny Spotz

Kenny joined the Mt. Baker Vapor crew in November of 2014 because he was excited by the idea of working in such a cutting-edge industry. Beyond MBV, he's an avid musician, writer, and hiker.

  • Maria says:

    Fantastic story! … thanks. 😀

  • Jeremy says:

    Way to go Jacob, I started out vaping as most early vapers, with the cig sized ecig, I tried about 12 different brands with the disposable cartomizers until I slowly since 2009, graduated step by step, from cartomizer, to clearomizer, (spinner batteries) at the cigarette sized battery stage I found mt baker online probably sometime in very late 2011, I was using my old batteries with the tanks, I don’t recall the name, but was getting them from mt baker, they held maybe 1ml? I then through local(40 miles away, I live in the woods) tobacco shop, i found the spinner batteries, started getting iclear 30 from my baker, and the awesome flavored juices(back then I ordered everything in 24mg, or 2.4% nic. Because I was a pack and a half a day smoker), and back then I thought I was getting the best amount of “clouds” , then I got a box, itaste mvp…using the iclear 30 still, still 24mg nic, then I happened upon, (again everything is far away) I happened upon a new store, educated owners, new crazy looking vaping devices, still smoking tobacco like a chimney, but I decided to try out a mech mod, and was talked into the Atlantis tank, next thing I know I don’t remember the last time I had tobacco, long time, at least a year and s half since I bought a pack anyway, probably longer, but now it’s sub ohm, its ipv4, it’s sub tanks, like Jacob, I also lost a ton of weight, not sure why, wasnt trying(not trying to brag, as I know it’s s struggle for some), but I was 205 lbs , for me that’s pretty big, I’m now 155, feel great, and through my whole journey of de-tobaccoing myself, I still have always come back to baker for juice, they are and always will be my go to for juice, affordable, excellent staff, every once in awhile I’ll purchase the 22 dollar bottle of so called “premium” over priced juices, but then I started to be more of a diy’er with juice, and now that I’ve graduated to the level I’m at, dripping, using an Atlantis v2, along with my rebuildables….I could handle 6mg, but I prefer 3mg because of flavor, still learning and advancing every day, but still the one constant has been mt baker……I wish there was a store down the street in my little town.,, people would drive 50 miles from all over to get juice, because they are farther than me from the bigger town in the area, there are people up here where I live (way farther north than me)that drive 100 miles for groceries, it would be nice if they only had to drive 50 miles to get their juice fix, anyway, long story short, I will always attribute the name JAMES THOMPSON with my kicking the disgusting habit…thank you mt baker…..

    • John Swanke says:

      Wow, thanks for sharing. The best part of this job is hearing all these vaping success stories. How do you like the Atlantis v2? I’ve been thinking of getting one myself, but I’m still using the older model.

  • Jordan says:

    Great story and congrats on bettering yourself and on getting the girl!

  • Bob Joy says:

    Wow , got straight , got the girl , you could sell the rights to hollywood !

    • John Swanke says:

      I would watch that film. I can already see the ending in my head, Jacob lets out a huge cloud of vape and rides off into the sunset on his motorcycle. They might as well just start making Oscars in his shape and form. It’s going to be a hit.

  • Lloyd says:

    I hear you. Great story. I was a smoker most of my life. I think vaping saved my life.

    • John Swanke says:

      Thanks. We love hearing people’s vaping success stories. It makes the job so much more rewarding to know that people are actually getting off cigarettes. Vape on!

  • Doug says:

    I get 90% of my juices from here. The higher 10% I pick up a a store here and there.

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