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Vapor Mos brings alternative solution to tobacco addiction
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Vapor Mos anticipates opening next week and brings an alternative method to help people quit smoking. From left to right: James Wilson, Anna Marie Gonzales-Wilson, Nick Miller and Matt Duron. - photo by Photo Contributed

Name of Business: Vapor Mo’s

Type of Business: Vapor Shop

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. -7 p.m., Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5p.m.

Location: 2020 w Monte Vista

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Business Specialty: In house E-liquids

A habitual cigarette smoker for over 33 years, James Wilson found a way to quit.

“I tried patches, gum, just about everything at first,” said Wilson, owner of Vapor Mo’s. “A buddy of mine got me to try vapor and next thing you know I was down to maybe five cigarettes a day, then two and eventually none.”

With this discovery, Wilson decided it was his turn to help others that struggled with tobacco addiction like he once had.  He recognized that Turlock is home to many head shops or cigarette stores and he makes it clear that his business does not have the same intention as they do.

 “My location will not contain glass, 4/20 paraphernalia, chew, absolutely no tobacco—the main purpose is to help people quit smoking,” said Wilson.

Wilson explains that vapor is basically water vapor with FDA approved flavor-adds. His shop, “Vapor Mo’s,” will feature over 102 in-house flavors that he can mix and match to create whatever flavor you’d like. 

“We have apple pie, all the way to watermelon… we can mix green apple with pie crust and there’s your apple pie,” said Wilson. “I loved Apple Jacks as a kid so that’s one of my favorite flavors to create, but we can come up with just about anything.”

Caramel popcorn, Fruit Loops, pistachio… just to name a few.

Their nicotine is derived from plants and everyday vegetables—such as eggplants, tomatoes or vine vegetables.

 “Nicotine is an amazing natural pesticide and that’s where the nicotine is extracted,” said Wilson. “We have ‘zero tobacco anything’ products, but do carry tobacco flavors.”

Vapor Mo’s will assist in helping people quit their tobacco addiction by figuring out the individual’s nicotine levels, and Wilson believes he can wean his customers off of their tobacco addiction within three months.

“This area is saturated with tobacco shops,” said Wilson. “I saw an area where I could contribute to the community, so that’s what I’m doing.”

Wilson is donating 10 percent of proceeds from a specific pink battery pack Vapor Mo’s is selling to Emanuel Cancer Center.

 “The Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Association will not accept donations from vapor shops,” said Wilson. “So I’m happy to make a local donation.”

Wilson prides his store on being one of a kind, as he explains that most places buy their E liquid in China where there are no regulations.

“We make it ourselves,” he said. “That way we know exactly what’s going into it and we can make it safer for our customers.”

The shop is anticipated to open next Wednesday.

“It’s a safe environment where people can come and hang out, but also a place where your grandma can come in and get help to quit smoking,” said Wilson. “I’m excited for people to come check it out.”