It has been a crazy four years since the Vaping Militia was founded. Originally the brainchild of Fred Dauksza, we came together with the singular purpose to to spur people into action and to fill the gaps left by the other advocacy groups.
Fred enlisted two friends, Artemus Barker and Armando Mendez to found the organization. Quickly they recruited Jim Ranes and Joe Barnett to complete the original board of directors. With the help of Danny Baker the group started.
At first the other vape advocacy groups didn’t take them seriously, a bunch of guys with no experience in politics taking on the system.
Brash branding, harsh language and a lot of passion gained them some victories on local issues. It also got the attention of vapers.
Vapers signed up to join the fight. They joined to spread the word, to learn and to support 5 guys who wanted to save vaping.
The battlefield grew and the board had to expand to suit what was needed. Patrick Riffe and Robin Barsky were added to fill areas of need on the board, and shortly after Faith Orsini-Calix and Ian Bird Friedman were recruited.