|Posted by CAM-VIP on December 31, 2011 at 6:55 AM||comments (0)|
The festive period brings out a different side to our characters. It is a time when we become nostalgic and remember the warm and cosy parts of our past - with family and friends. We come together as a community, we celebrate what we have whilst thinking of those less fortunate than ourselves.
This couple of weeks at the start of Winter is a celebration of what we hold dear to our hearts, the people and things we cherish. It is also a time when we reflect on what is important to us, our successes and failures of the previous twelve months and our wishes for the future. In a way, this fortnight focusses our minds on the good and bad in society and builds a resolve to 'do better' throughout the cold, bleak winter months and into the new spring.
The sense of community is enhanced by social gatherings, whether it be in a church, a village hall or in a public house. Many more people attend these places during the festive period than at any other time of the year - to enjoy each other's company. However, once winter kicks in, we withdraw back into our shells, leaving those places as empty shells until spring arrives.
The traditional British pub is in decline. 'Society' has moved on, we can virtually do anything in the comfort of our own home. We can meet like-minded people online through our computers or mobile phones, chat via skype or video chat rooms. We do not need to suffer the bar-bore or the drunk or anything that challenges or makes us think or uncomfortable - we can just turn them off! Cheap supermarket booze can be delivered to our door and we can party to our hearts' content without any intrusion from 'undesirables'. So why is it different during Christmas and at the New Year, why is that not enough to satisfy us?
My New Year's resolution is to challenge myself and my beliefs, to go out into the harsh, cruel world and meet up with bar-bores, other drunks, places/people and 'undesirables' that make me think or challenge me. It is time to step out of my comfort zone and face reality - for better or for worse.
A pub is not just for Christmas, it is a National treasure that has to be protected and supported all year round - otherwise it will disappear for good along with the good times we associate with it during the festive season.
|Posted by CAM-VIP on December 20, 2011 at 2:15 PM||comments (1)|
Finally, after almost two and a half years of trying to find a suitable device (ecig) for pub-going smokers, such a device has been invented in the UK by Ted Rogers from cavecom.com. He is getting the SDK manufactured in China so that the kit can be sold for about the price of 40 cigarettes = £12.
The kit consists of a rechargeable battery, a USB charger and two tips called cartomisers which hold the flavoured nicotine containing liquid that is to be 'vaporised'. On the first charge with the first cartomiser, the ecig will last the equivalent to between 10 and 15 cigarettes - just enough for a night IN the pub :). A fresh charge and the second cartomiser will see you through the second night socialising INSIDE the pub.
Additional cartomisers will cost about £1.50, so the more often you use it, the more money it saves you compared to tobacco cigarettes and the more money you can spend on ale :).
Why is it better than all the other ecigs out there?
It is a slinky little device that comes in a range of flavours. It actually makes smoking enjoyable again.
What can be better than a night in a pub, 'smoking' with your friends and enjoying what the pub has to offer? Support The Great British Pub, support Vaping in Pubs and let's treat smokers like VIPs again
The SDK can be purchased from many of the supporting vendors BUT if you are a Pub, contact [email protected] for wholesale prices and quote CAM-VIP.
2012 - a new age of smoking, a new dawn for pubs
|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 November 26, 2011 at 5:05 AM||comments (2)|
Jean and James from ecigarettedirect, The Ashtray Blog and The Smoker's Angel are pledging to donate £1 to CAM-VIP for every person who makes a comment on a Facebook post that is dear to our hearts!
The Ashtray Blog is always well written and certainly worth a read for any smoker/vaper out there. Once you have read the interesting blog, please click the link to the Facebook page and add your comment. Each person who comments there will in effect be donating £1 to help the Campaign for Vaping in Pubs organise more 'Stay Inside' VIP Nights to spread the word about the legal alternative to smoking inside your local.
I would again like to thank Jean and James for their generosity and the hard work of Shane and Mark for organising the imminent 'Stay Inside' VIP Nights at The Springhead in Hull and The Plasterers Arms in Norwich on the 6th and 8th of December respectively.
2012 - a new age of smoking, a new dawn for pubs
|Posted by CAM-VIP on November 19, 2011 at 6:10 AM||comments (0)|
Thanks to the hard work of Shane and Mark, CAM-VIP will be holding 2 'Stay Inside' VIP Nights in early December.
Tues 6th December
This is a large pub that has regular music nights, open mic nights and other community events. On the night in question, there is also an Ann Summers party and a Handbag sale going off!! Please pop along to support Shane and CAM-VIP from 7.30pm. Free ecigs will be given out to the smokers so they can enjoy a fun night inside the pub.
Thurs 8th December
The Plasterers Arms
This is a small pub with a fantastic selection of Real Ales, around 15 on tap at any particular time. If you live in Norfolk, please come along and support the event as Mark would love to see you. Each smoker who attends will be given an ecig to use for the night so they can quaff as much ale as they like in the comfort of the pub.
At each event, there will be raffles and possibly even auctions of ecig related paraphernalia - come along and support The Great British Pub.
Russell VR Ord
|Posted by CAM-VIP on November 5, 2011 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
We are hoping to stage further 'Stay Inside' VIP Nights in the build up to Christmas. If you go to a traditional pub which would benefit from an introduction to the legal alternative to smoking inside, then please get in touch.
In the pipeline are VIP nights in Hull, Norwich and Hailsham but we need more!
The initial night at The Anglers Rest, Wombwell was much more of a success than it first seemed. As well as it being the busiest Wednesday night in three years for the pub, it has sparked an interest in ecigs that continues to grow - even with the regulars
The nights will cost the pub and the organiser absolutely nothing! The ecigs are donated by various vendors and the publicity material will be sent out on request from CAM-VIP HQ. It is a no lose situation as the vendors should get repeat sales from the night, the pub gets a good night behind the bar, the smokers get to stay inside and 'smoke' for free and even the organiser may get a free pint or two
CAM-VIP benefits by raising awareness of its existance so that it has more clout when approaching pubcos, breweries and so on, which benefits everyone again - sort of a positive feedback loop!!
Please get involved and help CAM-VIP help the struggling pubs out there.
|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 October 18, 2011 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
At The Anglers Rest in Wombwell, CAM-VIP gave away donated disposable ecigs to smokers for FREE. We were also given some starter kits to raffle off which we did to raise some funds for further 'Stay Inside' VIP nights. I also received some financial donations which allowed CAM-VIP to purchase some of the more widely available ecigs that may attract smokers or new vapers to give ecigs a go. I got a smoker (S) and a new vaper (V) to test 3 cigarette looking ecigs and give me their thoughts - these will be outlined below.
The three ecigs bought/donated for review were the;
The first part of the review here contains the initial thoughts of the smoker (S) and the new vaper (V), a follow up video will be made after they have used the products for a while. I did not tell either reviewer the cost of the products as I wanted them to suggest how much they would have been willing to pay - before and after use :).
The 10 Motives is a disposable ecig in a brown and black coloured sealed plastic card displaying the ecig. There is information on the front and back laid out in simple short sentences. The packaging displays warning signs and safety information, no ingredients of the contents of the cartomiser apart from 'Nicotine content 16mg/1g atomising liquid'.
S said "Looks easy to use and looks like it is aimed at smokers."
V said "Wouldn't interest me in the slightest."
The intellicig EVOlution starter bundle is in a white and green cardboard packaging. The information and warning signs are present. In fact there is so much information and 'white space' on the complex interlinking packaging , that it is difficult to read because the text is quite small.
S said "Looks like a box of nicorette patches."
V said "Looks healthy, I would have been drawn to it if the three ecigs were placed side to side."
The Halo kit is in a small cardboard box that is predominately white and blue. Warning signs and safety instructions are clearly displayed and also a list of ingredients. The information is again laid out in simple short sentences, 'Kingsize cartomisers high traditional 1.8% nicotine by volume'.
S said "Looks like a packet of condoms."
V said "Looks like a compact kit, easy to read the contents."
If both people were just going on looks of the packaging, the smoker would have gone for the 10 Motives, the non-smoking vaping nicotine user would have picked the intellicig with both placing the Halo in the middle.
What do you get inside?
The 10 Motives is a single piece ecig, quite heavy and probably a bit larger than a superking. When puffed on it has a blue LED. Once the battery dies or the cartomiser dries up, it needs to be replaced.
The intellicig contains a battery, atomiser, USB charger and 5 'capsules'. There is a substantial instruction leaflet inside which would take some reading!
S said "I would probably sit outside and smoke 2 cigs whilst I read it, or more likely, I'd roll it up and smoke it!"
V said "I could wallpaper the bathroom with that"
The Halo kit consisted of an easy to read instruction leaflet, one battery, two cartomisers and a USB charger all contained in a metal clasp case.
S said "The case is fantastic, they should really have a clear plastic part to the packaging to show the case off, it looks great!"
V said "If this is any good, I'm having it!"
By this time of the review, the 10 Motives was a secondary consideration for both the smoker and the new vaper. They realised that disposables have their place, but if you have got the chance of pocketing a rechargeable kit for FREE - it is a matter on deciding which was better for them, the intellicig or the Halo. They went through the motions of comparing the 3 ecigs but neither were interested in the disposable anymore.
First impressions in use?
10 Motives - Both S and V agreed that this was so simple to use.
S said "Easy to use, too much 'smoke' and the flavour is quite cig-like in a 'knock off fags' type way."
V said "I like the blue LED, it stops it from being mistaken for a real cigarette."
Intellicig - Both S and V struggled with understanding how to set the EVO up! They couldn't be bothered to read the instructions, so I 'helped' them. I suppose that if these are bought from the local corner shop, the shopkeeper would demonstrate how to get the kit working - we did struggle!!
S said "It looks most like a cig and I like the flavour,,,sort of like candy-floss."
V said "Way too much faff, and I don't like the fact that it looks very much like a cigarette."
Halo - Both S and V agreed that this was simple to use, the case kept all the bits together and looked great!
S said "I'd have no problems in taking this kit out with me for when I cannot have a cigarette. It is very convenient and easy to use"
V said "The case and simplicity of the product are its selling points, plus it does not produce as much vapour as the other two, which I like!"
The Halo was now winning hands down. Simple to use, nice case (both female reviewers btw) and clear instructions on how to get replacement parts. They both decided to take the Halo kit away with them and left me with the intellicigs. We will see how they got on with it in the follow up video :).
|Posted by CAM-VIP on October 12, 2011 at 5:05 AM||comments (0)|
What do we have in store for tonight?
Firstly I would really like to thank the vendors who have supported this event;
Paula at vapourworld.co.uk
Trog at cavecom.com
James at ecigarettedirect.co.uk
Jason at totallywicked-eliquid.co.uk
Garry Dibley the Modfather
Daz at safercigs.co.uk
The money that is raised tonight will be split between CAM-VIP and The Anglers Rest. The CAM-VIP money will be used to fund further promotion of Vaping in Pubs and more 'Stay Inside' VIP Nights. Some of the money that is raised for The Anglers will be donated to 'Help for Heroes' and the rest into pub improvements (cellar coolers and the like!).
What will the pub offer?
Local Cask Ales
Acorn Barnsley Bitter 3.8%
Wentworth WPA 4.0%
Wentworth Vanilla and Almond Stout 4.8% all £2.50 or less
Traditional cider on tap
John Smith's Smooth
Wide selection of bottled ales and lagers
House wine at £6 a bottle
Hot Pork sandwiches
Home made Quiche
all kinds of crisps and savoury snacks plus chocolate!
What will CAM-VIP bring to the night?
7pm - 8pm
Lots of information about ecigs.
Free disposables for all the smokers to use.
Pool and Darts comps to win additional disposables.
8pm - 9pm
2 smokers to blind review 3 types of popular ecig to receive a kit for free.
Auction of Garry Dibley's LG 1001 and the Original Little Cow (BESA Moo!!)
Football and Domino cards to win starter kits.
9pm - 10pm
Raffle to win higher value starter kits and eliquid.
Rusty's Pub Quiz to win a CAM-VIP T Shirts.
10pm - 11pm
More drinking, vaping and general boo-larks
|Posted by CAM-VIP on September 24, 2011 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
The first night will be at;
The Anglers Rest
66 Park Street
from 7pm on Wednesday 12th October.
If you are a smoker and are interested in giving ecigs a try without the expense, come along and enjoy one for FREE.