On Thursday night, my adventure to Vape Fest Vegas began. I said goodbye to my son and girlfriend Lauralee, who I’m ever indebted to for watching after my son during my trip. My flight was delayed by 40 minutes, but it sounds like we’re only going to arrive about 15 minutes late due to a lucky tail wind.
Entry through TSA security was surprisingly uneventful, considering the number of electronic cigarettes I’m carrying. I brought my magneto and vamo, which I’m not planning on using other than as battery holders, and my IPV mini. I didn’t connect any atomizers or tanks to my mods as a safety precaution. I also have along my nautilus, atlantis and patriot clone. All of my mods and atomizers were carried in a small box that was formerly used for 8 track cassettes.
I only brought along 2 bottles of eliquid, one at 15mg and the other 3mg. Both of them were only half full. You are required to put any and all liquids in a 1quart seal-able bag. I pre purchased zip lock baggies, but there were some available near the security check point lines. There are limits to how much liquid you can bring as well, but I’m forgetting how much. I think it’s something like 100ish ml.
I went through security without having to say a word to any of them. Nothing, no questions asked. In fact, I even over heard one of the security guards talking about ecigs to an officer. It was unrelated to mine, but I found it interesting. It seems it isn’t so much hype, as it is a normal occurrence to see people carrying electronic cigarettes now. This makes me both relieved and hopeful that the electronic cigarette industry is growing and will be more commonplace than traditional tobacco cigarettes soon. Yes, I know it will probably be years before that happens, but one can hope.
Vaping is banned at the Minneapolis airport, and on all flights, so I’m extremely grateful of the Nicassure Sidekick nicotine inhalers that Fat Cat Vapor of Pennsylvania sent for me to use in the terminal and on the airplane. I can highly recommend them if you are planning on flying. I don’t think anyone, including the person in the seat next to me, realizes I’m even using them let alone making a fuss about it. I’d also like to thank Fat Cat Vapor for sponsoring my trip to Las Vegas Vape Fest.
I arrived nearly an hour late to the mixer, but the party was just getting started. I was given vendor access to the events, which I’m planning on using to the best of my abilities if I can get up early enough to get in on the event setup. Immediately upon arrival to the mixer on the garden view terrace I was met by some of the greatest advocates in the United States including Cheryl Richter, Matt Wellman, Mark Burton, Stefan Didak, Brian Fojtik, Cynthia Cabrera, Pamela Gorman, Joe Barnett, Mondo Mendez, Art Barker, Robin Barsky and Malice Doll; for starters.
The members of the National Vapers Club opened up with some talking points, and an unveiling of their new CQ roll call system at http://www.vapersclub.com . It’s a promising tool that will be available for use by the head advocacy organizers of every state. It will also lay out, not only a list of all advocacy groups and who their leaders are, but also the political actions being taken in your respective states. Cheryl Richter says “It’s the goal of the National Vapers Club to have the CQ roll call system ready and have every state in the Union involved with it within 4 months. There has to be someone in every state interested and willing to work on this.”
You can find information on Vape Fest Las Vegas running this Friday and Saturday at 2pm pacific on http://www.vapefest.com
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