Two Veterans in Idaho Start Vape Shop
A pair of veteran ex-smokers out in Idaho have launched a new vape shop called Idaho Vape. The pair managed to quit smoking cigarettes by transitioning to electronic cigarettes and saw opportunity in the products.
Daniel Nelson and Cameron Busch are co-owners of the shop. The two were deployed to Iraq in 2010 where they stayed for about a year before coming back. Now they’re running the business.
The military has been a steady source of smokers for some time. Busch even admits that he started smoking his first year in the military simply because smokers got more breaks. The military tends to produce a lot of smokers that remain smokers forever (here’s a little more on that topic).
According to a report from east Idaho local news station KPVI, the two are focusing on helping other individuals in the service (in addition to members in their own community) transition away from smoking.
This may be a small step, but electronic cigarettes are definitely finding there way into targeting niche communities and environments. It started months ago with prisons offering e-cigs to inmates so that they could be smoke-free environments. The military certainly seems like a community soon to be targeted for transition.