Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
MW: Tell me about Mt. Baker Vapor?
JT: Mt Baker Vapor is one of the largest independent E-Juice retailers in the United States. We’re based in the far Northwest corner of Washington State and pride ourselves on affordable, high-quality, USA made E-Juice.
MW: How did Mt. Baker Vapor start?
JT: Mt Baker Vapor started as a small operation running out of my garage. I realized that I couldn’t find good E-Juice that matched my specifications anywhere so I decided to build my own company based around high-quality juice that’s shipped quickly. It’s since grown to nearly one hundred employees in three years.
MW: Tell me about the E-Cig movement?
JT: The E-Cig movement, I think, has two big draws. The first is those who wish to quit smoking. They know that they want to quit smoking but they don’t know of an affordable solution that works. Electronic Cigarettes have been proven to be more effective than any over-the-counter smoking cessation program in history. The second part is the hobby vapers. It’s people, like myself, who found that there’s an awesome hobby aspect to vaping. From mods, to tanks, to the different juices—there’s almost limitless customization and I think people find that really appealing. Frequent the first group will find themselves in the second group after they quit cigarettes. That’s where I found myself.
MW: What is difference in the traditional cigarette and the E-Cig?
JT: Everything. The only similarities are that they contain nicotine (though that’s optional in E-cigs) and that they are inhaled. Cigarettes, or analogs as we vapers call them, contain thousands of chemicals. E-Juice contains only four ingredients.
MW: What can you tell me is drawing more and more people to the E-Cig?
JT: I think people are seeing through the lies of Big Tobacco and they want to find a good way to quit.
MW: What are the differences in E-Cigs?
JT: The two main groups are the cigalikes and mods. Cigalikes are what most people think of when they hear the word electronic cigarette. It’s your small disposable battery. They don’t last two long and are sold in packs. This is what a lot of people start vaping on because it reminds them of analogs. Mods are larger products with rechargeable batteries and refillable tanks. This is what we sell.
MW: Tell me about the juice used for the E-Cig?
JT: E-Juice is really simple despite all of the myths about it. It contains only four ingredients. Nicotine, flavoring, PG and VG. PG is propylene glycol and it carries the flavoring. VG is vegetable glycerin and it’s responsible for vapor production.
MW: Does Mt. Baker Vapor make their own juice?
JT: Yes we do. That’s how Mt Baker Vapor started, I couldn’t find any juice I liked!
MW: What are your best selling flavors of juice?
JT: Hawk Sauce, Thug Juice, Cinnamon Roll, Moo Juice and Menthol are our top five sellers.
MW: Tell me about your new GWAR Juice that just came out?
JT: It’s a special line of juice developed by our team in collaboration with Gwar. They’re sold in 30ml glass bottles at 10.99 a bottles. Still way, way under median price for a 30ml of E-Juice.
MW: How have sells been so far?
JT: It’s been amazing. We sold out in less than 24 hours!
MW: Did you get to work with Dave Brockie at all when developing GWAR Juice?
JT: We worked mainly with Jamison Land, AKA Beefcake the Mighty at GWAR.
MW: Is this your first time working with a band or artist?
JT: We have many, many band endorsements. Real high-profile people too like Lamb of God and the aforementioned GWAR. This is our first time releasing a special juice in conjunction with an artist though.
MW: Where do you see the E-Cig movement going?
JT: There are definitely some difficulties with the looming FDA regulations but I can only see it heading up. More and more people will see E-cigs as the best smoking cessation device.
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
JT: Thank you for the interview, it’s been a pleasure.