Diss vape shop set to expand reach with the launch of a new website
A Diss vape shop is set to expand its reach with the launch of a new website next month
RC Vapes was launched by Chris Field in April 2017, shortly before work started on revamping the Heritage Triangle in the town.
The work came as a shock to the entrepreneur but, once completed, he saw customers return and footfall has increased ever since.
Unlike many companies in the vaping world, Chris wanted to build up his shop first to help customers find their way through the maze of vaping.
“It can be very confusing, so we wanted to help people find their way around on a face-to-face level,” said Chris, 33, from Stradbroke.
“Being in a market town means people can pop in to discuss what they need and would like and, for the majority of our customers, that is to stop smoking. We sometimes get people who have been referred by their doctor as vaping is generally supported and seen as the best way to give up cigarettes.
“The new website, which we are hoping will go live next month, will expand our reach further.”
Chris set up the shop after taking up vaping himself. He also runs Team RC courier services, which he has done for the last 13 years.
“I wanted to give up smoking as I used to smoke quite a lot and tried vaping,” he said.
“It became a hobby and the shop is an extension of that. We now have around 350 brands and flavours of liquids, as well as starter kits and accessories and, since we have been open, we have had to redevelop the shop to fit them all in.”
Chris, who employs one full-time employee as well and part-time staff and an IT specialist, has always been keen to make sure that people start vaping for the right reasons.
“We did have younger people come to us at first but we were very strict on not serving anyone under 18, and still are,” he added.
What the NHS say about vaping
An e-cigarette - sometimes referred to as a vapouriser or vape - is a device that allows people to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke. E-cigarettes don't burn tobacco and don't produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most damaging elements in tobacco smoke. E-cigarettes work by heating a solution (e-liquid) that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerine, and flavourings. Using an e-cigarette is known as vaping.
An estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and of these, 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking cigarettes. They carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes and can be particularly effective when combined with extra quitting support.