|Posted by CAM-VIP on September 19, 2012 at 6:20 AM||comments (0)|
The list of vaping pubs is about to grow massively, for the simple reason that we are going to use CAMRA's 'Good Beer Guide' to add to the map. This means we need to differentiate between the vaping pubs to channel ecig users and potential customers to them.
We propose to split the pubs into different categories but we need the help of the ecig companies, the pubs and their existing customers to do this by providing the following information;
Name and address of the pub
Does it sell ecigs, eliquids and/or accessories? (Y/N)
If Yes, what brand(s) does it sell?
This will hopefully make the map much more useful for everyone and will provide a springboard to promote ecig use and pubs that support it.
|Posted by CAM-VIP on June 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
To support our attempts to increase awareness of electronic cigarettes to pub going smokers, we will be compiling a quarterly eMagazine that can be printed off from the site and taken to your local.
We realise that many smokers and publicans are still unaware of the growing 'vaping' community due to its predominantly online nature. The eMagazine is an ideal way of getting the information to them so that they can digest it in their own time. Hopefully it will dispel some of the myths about electronic cigarettes, inform them of the issues regarding smoking and its alternative, promote community pubs that have embraced ecigs and more importantly entertain them. The CAM-VIP eMagazine will also include pub related features and articles as well as a healthy dose of humour.
Here are just a few sections that we can include;
If you feel that you can contribute in any way, please contact us via the website.
We hope to have the first issue ready for download by the 1st August 2012.
|Posted by CAM-VIP on June 4, 2012 at 3:20 AM||comments (1)|
The title says it all unfortunately
Smokers and traditional community pubs are both on their death-beds waiting to die or to be killed off by the Government. Do they care? YES Are most of them actively doing anything about it? NO Why not?
The slogan of the 21st Century!!
If they CBA - why should anyone else BA for them?
|Posted by CAM-VIP on May 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM||comments (1)|
CAM-VIP has negotiated a 10% discount on products bought from four of our VIP Partners' websites. This enables supporters of the campaign to receive quality esmoking products at excellent prices. Currently these discounts are only available to smokers and esmokers who attend our 'Stay Inside VIP Nights' plus the customers of The Anglers Rest Ebacconist and Electric Vape's Market Stalls.
We would like to offer the discounts to customers of other pubs where 'vaping' is allowed. If you are a supporting member who knows of a pub whose customers would benefit from the discounts, please email us it's name and location along with the licensee's email address. We will then send them details of how their customers can gain access to the discounts.
|Posted by CAM-VIP on May 23, 2012 at 4:15 AM||comments (0)|
On Wednesday the 30th May, smokers will be encouraged to stay inside the Yellow Lion pub in Greasbrough for the night by trying electronic cigarettes.
A local market trader has organised this night under the CAM-VIP umbrella and he will set up stall inside the pub for the night with his selection of quality ecigs. He encourages smokers to 'try before they buy', to find the device and flavours that suit them and explains the benefits and pitfalls of the different brands.
For more information contact Andrew via email at [email protected] or visit him at Penistone Market on Thursday and Saturday or Denaby Market on Sunday.
The event starts at 8pm, please come along and support the pub;
|Posted by CAM-VIP on May 13, 2012 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
Over the last two years, the Campaign for Vaping in Pubs has been spreading the word about the legal alternative to smoking in pubs. The aim has been to increase awareness to smokers that there is an alternative to standing outside your local with a pint and missing all the fun going off inside.
Traditional pubs and what they have to offer, are becoming a real rarity. A large section of society in 2012, does not understand the concept of a traditional community pub and what it can offer its locality. Many people under the age of 40, have not been exposed to a real pub. Instead, they associate pubs with either extortionately priced alcohol, somewhere to eat out or take the kids, as part of a binging pub crawl or a trendy 'pulling' place. Many of the younger generation have never spent the whole of a single night in one pub. This lost generation is possibly the main reason why traditional pubs are failing however, the 'smoking ban', along with the price differential between on and off sales, has contributed to the decline.
Despite the Government's attempts to stop people from smoking or discourage people from taking up the 'nasty' habit, many people (like myself) still enjoy smoking, especially with a pint or two. The same holds true for the younger generation of smokers who we wish to attract into our traditional pubs. One possible way of doing this is to encourage traditional pubs to become the local 21st century tobacconist or 'e-bacconist' - a place for smokers to buy their favourite brand of electronic cigarette (ecig) - as tobacco cigarettes seem to have no place in our future;
",,, both at home and internationally, we will continue to act against the vested and commercial interests of the tobacco industry.
As Secretary of State for Health, I haven’t met with those companies. Not now or when I was in Opposition as the Conservative’s health spokesman. Their interests are not my interests. My objective is to achieve smoke-free communities; theirs is to make a profit from selling intrinsically harmful products. We don’t have common ground. This is not like alcohol, where there is a level of responsible drinking and potential shared campaigns between Government and retailers. That’s why there is no place in the Responsibility Deal for tobacco companies. There is no responsible level of tobacco consumption."
"We’ll also be looking at the best ways to reduce the damage that tobacco does to smokers’ bodies, even if they can’t or won’t break their addiction to nicotine.
As you know, although nicotine is an addictive substance in cigarettes, the damage mostly comes from the inhalation of the smoke itself.
Anything we can do to reduce that damage is well worth doing, even if some smokers can’t kick the nicotine."
Smoking is becoming a very expensive and 'socially uncomfortable' pastime due to Government policies . The good old days when we could browse the different brands on offer at our local tobacconist or choose from a selection of 'goodies' on display at our local supermarket have gone for good. We now feel like druggies at a chemist queuing up for a methadone fix when we visit out local Tesco or Morrisons. Another alternative is to go abroad for our supplies or descend into the 'Black Market' by purchasing those imported on our behalf. As the policies on tobacco become harsher and harsher, smokers will have to look for an alternative to smoking tobacco.
Electronic cigarettes will become more and more popular as the Government's plans to erradicate 'tobacco consumption' and 'reduce the damage that tobacco does to smokers' bodies' take effect. Already tobacco companies are looking to market their own brands of ecigs to replace traditional cigarettes and there will also be 'medicinal' ecigs sold in chemists throughout the country in an attempt to wean people off nicotine (the latter is not something we are interested in).
Ecigs have been on the market for about 5 years in this country. Initially the majority of the brands available were a poor replacement for cigarettes and they were very expensive. In the last year or so, the technology has moved on and the costs have tumbled. Ecigs are now a true alternative to smoking where you cannot smoke, providing you buy the correct brand - a task which is much easier said than done!
CAM-VIP has been studying the ecig market for the last two years and one thing is clear. The brands which spend the most money on advertising in the press and other media, tend to be massively overpriced for what they are. Many of those brands give smokers unrealistic expectations of what the ecig can do and make false claims about how long they will last and what is actually in the vapour we inhale and exhale.
We have teamed up with six of the top UK online vendors of ecigs (VIP Partners) to ensure that traditional pubs wishing to be e-bacconists, will have access to the best brands at the best prices, along with all the real information and support that the smoker needs to help him/her choose the brand that is right for them. We will be trialling this initiative in my local from June and if it is successful, we hope to roll it out to other traditional pubs across the country.
Russell VR Ord
2012 - a new age of smoking,,, a new dawn for pubs? Let's hope so.
|Posted by CAM-VIP on March 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
The month of April brings us CAMRA's latest initiative to save The Great British Pub. It is called Community Pubs Month. Throughout April, local pubs are encouraged to put on a myriad of events and themed nights to attract further trade. This is backed up by a website which contains ideas to increase footfall as well as a page where the locals that have signed up can be seen.
If a community pub near you has signed up and is going to the expense of organising events and theme nights, please support them. Give them a call and ask what they are doing on which dates, change your drinking habits for one month to spend a few full nights in a traditional pub and see how much fun it can be.
Give JD Wetherspoons, kiddy pubs and cafe pubs a miss for a month. Forget your friday night pub crawl for a month. Don't buy supermarket beer for a month - just give your local a try, you may actually like it :).
Real community pubs will be extinct soon without your help. Let April be a month of nostalgia, a month of community spirit and if it doesn't work as intended by increasing trade after the 30 days, at least it would have been a good send off for a fatally ill part of British culture.
|Posted by CAM-VIP on December 20, 2011 at 12:40 AM||comments (1)|
In the New Year, CAM-VIP will be stepping up a gear.
We will be recommending specific ecigs suitable for pub going smokers and we will also have a range of eliquids called 'Vapours 'n' Ale'!
In addition, the Yorkshire Branch of CAM-VIP will be organising monthly 'Vape Runs'. This is where a village or small town is visited on a Sunday and the pubs are made aware of ecigs as a legal alternative to smoking inside. We are blessed with some beautiful countryside and some wonderful villages - let's get the word out there and enjoy the hospitality of their public houses :).
If any other groups of ecig users wish to do the same in their area, please get in touch with HQ here and we will send you out a promo pack of signs, posters and cards.
2012 - a new age of smoking, a new dawn for pubs
|Posted by CAM-VIP on October 26, 2011 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
22nd October 2011 - UK VapeFest
5.30 am Time to get up! As usual I had left everything to the last minute,,,Jessica had done the packing but I had to clean the car out-ish, find the hotal booking confirmation, sort out the CAM-VIP stuff, find some kit to take, have a bath and so on.
7.30 am Set off to pick Tony2Stix up from Wath and then picked Sam Munro up from Wombwell train station just after 8 am. I knew I'd've forgotten something BUT it didn't matter at the time! Sam had been travelling from 9 pm the previous evening, straight through from Aberdeen - that is commitment!!!
8.05 am - 9.30 am A very straight forward drive down the M1, A42, M42, A5, A51,,,,arrived at The Moat House in Tamworth, fresh as a daisy
9.30 am - 11.30 am When we arrived, we were gobsmacked by the number of people already queuing outside the venue! It was a little bit cool but the company stood outside sooned warmed each other up. Whilst waiting to get in, we chatted away to people who we'd never met before as if we'd known them for years!! It was only the start of what would turn into a fantastic social event.
We eventually got into the upstairs room at about 10.15 and Jessica and I baggied a table as a CAM-VIP 'stall', set out the promo stuff and chilled with Tony and Sam for a few minutes - then the flood gates seemed to open and hundreds of people were milling around the vendors stalls, asking questions, buying stuff and trying stuff out. We had many visitors to our table and Jessica took it upon herself to become a saleswoman for CAM-VIP!
On the lead upto the ECCA AGM at 11.30, the people who had spent hours talking to each other on the phone/video chat finally met face to face. Rolygate, Westcoast2, Sam, Fiona and myself - the 5 people who were constant throughout the steering committee phase - The end of an era and the start of a better one was nigh!
During this time Kath (Doodlebug) and Jo (Josfubar) arrived and I spotted an opportunity to match two party animals together - Jo and Jessica - a match made in devilish Heaven
11.30 am - 1.00 pm It was time for the ECCA AGM, the part of the day I was so looking forward to getting out of the way. The lack of support from others throughout the steering committee process had got me so wound up that I was having a bit of a break down in the week leading up to this, resulting in some un-Rusty like behaviour which I apologise now to all the people it affected - SORRY!!!
One real gentleman came down to the meeting and really helped me start to enjoy the day - thank you so much wyrm1973 (Julian)
The meeting eventually went very well after interjections from Prof and Jim to get it back on track and the standing committee was successfully voted in. Special thanks go to Dave Hook and Tim Boniface for relieving me of my duties I really hope that the foundations of ECCA are solid and that the promotional ideas to expand the membership are acted upon in the near future - Good luck ECCA and fare thee well
1.00 pm - 4.30 pm Arriving back upstairs, the crush was even worse! It was time to relax for a while; Jo and Jessica were in full flow, no time for food as the raffles would be starting soon,,,I started to realise a couple of things I had forgotten in the morning - to eat and to get some money out of the bank! We were hot, thirsty and hungry BUT we'd have to wait, the raffles were starting
The raffles were a logistical nightmare for Wayne and the organisers, but they pulled it off with very few hiccups - some tables were extremely lucky and cleared up - others less so BUT everyone had smiles on their faces anyway because the atmosphere was buzzing!!
4.30 pm - 6.00 pm This was our break from the event - we had to check in at the hotel and me and Jessica got a taxi there with Zola, Siddy, Tony and Hobgoblin (Jono). Time for food and to get some money out of the mini-bank. Whilst Jessica was beautifying herself into party-animal mode, I headed to the moto part of the service station. £1.99 to use the cashpoint and £7.59 each for a Burger King! This was the only food that we would eat on the day,,,,it is a good thing that alcoholic drinks are also nutritious
We got a taxi back and headed straight for the bar
6.00 pm - ???? am This was great! People mingled, chatted and have a laugh over a few-ish beers, wines and spirits. The raffle for the Cube (thanks to Wayne and Graeme for the donation) raised £150 for CAM-VIP and ECCA and the auction of Jim's 'Rant Mod' raised an extra £60 for the CAM-VIP coffers - a big thanks to all who helped raise this money
After 9 pm, the drinking became easier and people spread out downstairs and to other places. The staff at the venue were brilliant even though the bar was starting to dry up. I met some wonderful people for the first time as well as some 'old' mates. Rawveg is another gentleman, he made Jessica feel special, and so did Tim Boniface with his purchase of the double vodka and coke - plus he gave me Barney the Gnome back who is now living in my garage Little Mick from t'Tarn came out of his shell after a few shandys and I had some great chats with Daz , VEJason, Gizwald, Jemima, Paula and many others.
Sam Munro left at about 11.45 pm to catch a train back to Aberdeen with the attitude of 'If it is going north, I don't care!' - I'm pleased to say he got home ok; that must have been a great adventure in itself!
We somehow got bar extensions, drifted downstairs and left at sometime back to the Travelodge. I cannot remember much after then apart from not feeding Jessica; something I regretted in the morning
The morning after A strange feeling of contentment and emptiness. We met some great people and had a fantastic time, but it was over until next year It was an event unrivaled by anything that came before. It showed us that there is a really strong vaping community out there and if we stand together like we did on that day,,,,no [email protected] can touch us!! Bring it on, MHRA, EU, WHO,,,,we are strong and we will whoop your @rses
It was very worthwhile from a CAM-VIP point of view because of the contacts we were able to make and the pledged support from numerous vendors. We just need to chase those up and hopefully the campaign will be entering a new era of growth!
Russell VR Ord
Founder of the Campaign for Vaping in Pubs
|Posted by CAM-VIP on August 4, 2011 at 5:50 AM||comments (0)|
The site can now be accessed from posh mobile phones - please give it a go