I first heard about E-cigarettes when I saw one of those mall kiosk guys sitting there, smoking what I thought was a cigarette in the middle of the mall. After commenting on how ballsy he was, my fiancee razzed me and let me know that it was just one of those E-cigarettes.
My smoking voyage began soon after, and lasted way too long.
I bought my first pack of cigarettes when I was 23 years old. Oddly enough I was at a bus station in Buenos Aires, Argentina waiting to board a tour bus for what would be an 85 hour trek to Lima, Peru. Knowing that my mp3 player could only keep me distracted so long I went to the gift shop to browse for a hobby to distract me. I left with a pack of menthol's and since that day, I have always been off and on with my smoking habit, always going back sooner or later.
How I Quit Smoking in One Week
For years after that bad bus station decision, I would smoke daily. Not in large volumes per se, but a pack or two a week. This would frustrate my parents, fiancee, reduce my health and stress my cardiovascular system to the point where a staircase would get me breathing heavy.
My clothes, hands and face always smelled bad and it was a habit I was really struggling with kicking, something I would sneak outside for to try and hide from others. I was hooked.
My Ephiphany- Why Smoke, Just Vape It
While I lived in Arizona, I became very good friends with my roommate Tone and his best friend Nhan. They were So Cal guys, who showed me a whole new world in culture and gave me a crash course on the coolest spots in Phoenix. I can't remember very many better times in all my travels than the time I spent in Phoenix with Tone, Nhan and their immense group of friends which we took on the town with weekly.
About six months ago I saw Tone and Nhan posting alot about vaping, which I had no idea what vaping was at the time. When Nhan decided to start Vape Central, a Vape shop located in Phoenix next to Tone's thriving business Snoh Ice Shavery, I got even more curious.
Sidenote - Nhan is gonna kill it with Vape Central and if you are in Phoenix, stop in and check out his shop on Camelback, and grab some Snoh from Tone next door while you are at it.
I called around to at least 8 smoke shops locally in Seattle and finally located one that sold me an Ego CE4 Vape Pen. I sampled many different e-juices that week from Pink Lemonade, to cupcake, to Pear and I was instantly obsessed. I have not had a cigarette since I started Vaping that day and furthermore, I have had no craving, irritability and most importantly no smelly clothes and hands!
Shopify Build a Buisness Contest
I am a long time fan of Tim Ferriss, the author of the 4 Hour Workweek. Recently on his massively popular blog, Tim posted about the Shopify build a business competition that started on October 1st. With mentors available like Tim Ferriss, Daymond John, Gary Vaynerchuk (who I've actually met before) and Mark Cuban, it was quite an interesting proposition to compete to win $50k and meet with these high profile mentors in person.
I sat at my computer squinting through my Vape smoke to read through the article and requirements and suddenly had an "AH Ha!" moment.
I had to call 8 smoke shops over a 3 day period and drive 40 miles just to buy my vape pen, shouldn't there be an easier way?
Now in Cali, there is a vape shop on every corner and Cali is clearly leading the trend in the country but in Seattle and around most of the rest of the country...? Very few shops selling Vape Pens and Mods and yet the trend is blowing up.
Why I Chose This Business
I knew that if I hated myself for smoking, but couldn't quit, there were others out there just like me who could benefit from a business that brought the best Vape products right to their front door. Not only is vaping a tremendous heath improvement to smoking, it also is wildly convenient. Ever tried smoking in your car? Ever stood shivering in the rain to feed a craving? Now these annoyances are unnecessary.
You can Vape inside without having a disgusting smelly apartment or car as the vapors don't stick around to stain your walls and sink into your seats,. Vaping is a trend that will undoubtedly continue to grow, despite the top tobacco companies shoving out money to try and curtain the spread of this emerging trend. I can only be in a business that I understand, love and am excited about and this is just the business for me, helping others to improve their lives and their health and selling really cool products, spreading the Vape message across the world.
Our Voyage into Business TogetherMy fiancee and I decided to start JustVape.it and with my skills in running social media campaigns, writing and creating websites and blogs and her expertise in guerrilla marketing and relentless networking and hustle we make a great team. She motivates me everyday and this is a business that is bringing us even closer together everyday as it is so fun to work on a project like this with the woman of your dreams!
Our website is up and we are rolling in the orders! Visit the website to check out our products, made for all vapers beginners to pros. We will soon be posting informative articles and videos on the sites blog to get you up to date and informed on what vaping is and how vaping works etc..
Help us win this competition, join us in improving our health and become the coolest kid on the block with our custom designer Vape pens and mods.
Email me directly anytime if you are interested in vaping but want more info on how it works as well. RickAGriffith@hotmail.com or Info@Justvape.it