December 2017: Connor Will of NicPicks

Greetings from Tennessee!  It is with great pleasure that I introduce entrepreneur Connor Will and his innovative product, NicPicks. (@nicotinetoothpicks)

Have you ever had the experience of being at work, in a grocery store, school, dance recital, children’s sporting activity, court (hopefully not), church, or just in a public place that either doesn’t allow vaping, or you feel it would be disrespectful to vape at that locality?  I certainly have! Nicotine toothpicks are a product that has been designed for that specific reason as it delivers 3 mg of nicotine discreetly thereby reducing your need or “want” to vape.

My wife, Erika, first took notice of NicPicks while we were attending the Deep South Vapers Carnevale in August.  The booth captured her attention across the room and she urged me to go investigate this intriguing and innovative new product.  The representative was extremely professional and gave my wife a sample of NicPicks.  I placed my initial order for my shop as I knew there was a need for this type of stealth nicotine delivery mechanism.  Shortly thereafter I happened to encounter a young, twenty-something year old who looked more like a college student than the owner of a company and I learned that he was the founder of NicPicksContinue reading

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December 2017: JOSEPH TUOHY “Vape Boss”

Joseph Tuohy – “Vape Boss”

Hello Vapun readers!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Summer with their families and are ready for my favorite season, Fall.

I began vaping in January 2010. Over the past decade there has been a significant rise in popularity of individuals across the vaping industry.  The proliferation of the industry has created a buzz on social media, resulting in a rise to fame for a select group of individuals known for their vaping expertise.  These people are often referred to as “Vape Famous.”  One such individual is Joseph Tuohy, better known as “Vape Boss” or, as I like to call him, “Boss Man.”  If you haven’t heard of the Vape Boss, I would like to know what bottle of e-liquid you have been hiding under?  The Vape Boss has become a very crucial vape personality, one of the most significant players in our industry because he has created what is referred to as the “Entourage Effect,” meaning the impact of the entire group is greater than the sum total of all its individual parts.  Vape Boss’ primary goal has always been to intervene in smoker’s lives and introduce them to a new lifestyle, that of Vaping e-cigs and subsequent harm reduction.

My first introduction to the Vape Boss was one day when I was awakened by my morning Facebook news.  Here was a man I had never seen saying “Good morning” to a multitude of individuals and friends while also delivering the daily Vape news both nationally and internationally, and including his home state of Alabama (I won’t discriminate against him since I’m a Volunteer from Tennessee.)  What intrigued me most about Joseph’s morning routine is that he wasn’t just calling out “vape famous” personalities or vape professionals, he would call out any new friend or new vaper that he had recently encountered, to say the least.  I fell in love with the man from day one (a.k.a. “Bromance”).  Continue reading

September 2017: INTRODUCTION TO THE “DOC”

INTRODUCTION TO THE “DOC” by “Doc Jr” Ryan Matthew Thornton    Published in VAPUN MAGAZINE 9/2017

On June 13, 2014 Docs Vape e-Scape was born in a tiny 600 square foot space in the heart of Cookeville, Tennessee, home to Tennessee Tech University and located almost equidistant between Nashville and Knoxville on I40.  The name was a tribute to the “Doc”, Anthony P. Dalton, M.D., retired Orthopaedic Surgeon and the Cofounder and CEO of DocsVapeEscape along with his wife Karen and Ryan M. Thornton, COO, nicknamed “Doc Jr”, son and author of this tribute.  Unbeknownst to any of us, the “Doc” would pass away in May of 2016 and the name would become one of his legacies.

As a result of Dr. Dalton’s vocation as an orthopaedic surgeon, as well as to honor the oath he swore when he received his medical degree of “…but first do no harm!” he developed a penchant for perfection and demanded that DocsVapeEscape become a leader in the industry, not only for products and juices imported from liquid artists locally and nationally, but also to provide a shop where patrons of all ages and levels of vaping experience would be comfortable to shop, share information, and gain knowledge about the techniques and nuances of this new technology.  First and foremost he emphasized customer service, realizing that strict adherence to providing excellent customer service would result in success both in productivity and financially, but most importantly to ensure the customer remained dedicated to their decision to give up combustible tobacco products and continue vaping.  This is probably a good time to point out that the industry jargon “vaping” was bred out of the fact that when the user exhales the end product is “vapor” per Dr. Dalton’s playful quote in the blog about this issue:  “Water vapor is the product of vaping, and only adds water vapor to the clouds which make our farmers more successful.”
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August 2015: Feature in VAPE SHOP CORNER section

Not far from the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, about an hour east, nestled in what is known as the Cumberland Plateau, exists a very special place, Docs Vape Escape. Now, of course, almost every vaper claims a vape shop or two that are their favorites.  After all, the goal of every vape shop that exists across the United States is to have something that makes them special or unique in this new industry.  Still it is what drives my journey to find the most unique and interesting shops across the country, digging deep into the heart of the business we call vaping.

Vape Shops are clearly the beating heart of the industry, having direct contact with the customers and “real-time” responses about what is desirable and refuted in the vaping world.   It’s what allows fellow vapers to network with other vapers, resulting in growth and knowledge of vaping and equipment.  For example, even the sheer fact of your being able to read a publication about vaping may not be possible if it were not for brick and mortar vape shops that sell vaping products and educate people about the process and the devices.   This dynamic is occurring at most every shop across the country each and every day. It’s how people get into vaping;, it’s how people get educated about the various nuances of vaping; and continue to get educated as they cautiously begin to venture into their first attempts of vaping.  Anecdotally, as vapers, we are all connected, even though we may not yet know one another, we all share the same vaping goals.

Doc’s Vape Escape in Cookeville, Tennessee is that special place!  To most, they may think it is just another vape shop, but as I stated, every shop has special qualities that separate them from all the rest. There is no exception to that rule here at Doc’s.  After all this shop is the legacy of, and dedicated to, Dr Anthony Dalton (Owner), a retired Orthopedic Surgeon who has professionally stated that his experience is that vaping is significantly safer than smoking.  As proof of that statement, after 35 years since his last cigarette, Dr. Dalton is now an avid vape enthusiast with a myriad of vape devices and liquids.  After months of scouring medical journals and anecdotal research, Dr. Dalton is convinced that vaping will significantly alter the ill health effects and years of medical devastation as the result of smoking combustible tobacco, also known as cigarettes.  It is with this knowledge that Dr. Dalton, his wife Karen, son and daughter-in-law Ryan and Erika Thornton embarked on the prospect of opening a vape shop in their town.  Not only was it Doc’s goal to provide the highest quality products and education of product to the vaping community, but to be the epitome of customer service, professionalism, and product education in our area.  Thus, DocsVapeEscape opened its doors in June of 2014, just 5 blocks from the local university. Continue reading