Meet Mt. Baker Vapor – James’ Story
I started smoking at the tender and rebellious age of 13 and continued to smoke for 11 years. Honestly, I would probably still be smoking today if it weren’t for a coworker of mine six years ago that introduced me to electronic cigarettes. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer, and was looking to make the switch to vaping herself. I was ready to quit myself, so I invested in cigalike type e-cigarette. I found that I loved the clean feeling and tobacco flavored e-juice and was instantly converted. I quickly found I had to invest in more batteries, as at the time the battery life of the electronic cigarettes were only about two to three hours, but it was worth it to stay off cigarettes.
Once I started using my electronic cigarette at work, I found many people were interested and asked questions. I was handing out cards for the company I purchased mine from and saw more and more people converting from smoking to vaping. Now, I had a background in internet marketing, so I started to wonder why I didn’t start selling them directly, instead of forwarding business on to another company. Once the idea blossomed, there was no stopping the transition in my life. I contacted a distribution company and ordered starter kits to sell to my coworkers. That was the humble beginning of what is now Mt. Baker Vapor. There was a surprisingly quick growth from starter kits, to making and delivering my own e-juice, and now having a warehouse and over 100 employees.
I love how new and diverse the industry is. There are so many different types of ‘vapers’; the hobbyist that builds their own coils; those who are content with a starter kit and weaning themselves off nicotine completely; and people like me who are wanting the ability to have nicotine without the carcinogens associated with traditional cigarettes. With the amazing explosion of growth and advancement in the industry, it’s been a fun and exciting ride. I can honestly say that vaping has changed my life for the better, and I am proud to be able to offer that opportunity to other smokers interested in making the switch. My goal is to keep all vaping products, including the e-juice at an affordable price to make it more accessible to adults interested in using vaping to quit smoking. The most important part of this goal is to be able to do it without sacrificing quality. Just because the e-juice my company creates has a lower price tag than most, doesn’t mean it’s not a delicious and quality product. I personally have been vaping Mt Baker Vapor e-juice for years, and I love it. Although, I will admit to a hint of biased.
The vaping industry is moving at such an amazingly rapid pace that it’s difficult to estimate where it will be in the future. I believe we are going to see the ‘cloud chasing’ trend start to fade out and the overall industry focus return to creating and vaping the best flavor possible.
The question I get asked most often is about the current legislative trends, and honestly, it’s been an issue for us. We are working to keep up with each of the individual state regulations, but I believe that regulation should come from the federal level and be standardized across the country. Legislation is inevitable, but we are working to fight proposals that limit the accessibility of vaping to adult smokers who want to make the switch. I do want to assure you that as a company, we are taking steps to make sure that if online shipping ever becomes unavailable we are in a location near you so you can still get your vaping supplies.
We, as vapors are a minority. History has proven that minorities are most often oppressed. The key is to keep fighting for our right to vape. That means not giving up, and continuing to actively contact your local representatives and make sure they understand what vaping is.
Something to Think About:
Eliminating the misunderstandings surrounding electronic cigarettes through education will smooth the way for the road ahead in the vaping industry.