The Vapor Shoppe was founded in 2013 by Linda Welch, her daughter Teresa Shields, and her son-in-law Eric Shields. Linda was a smoker for more than 30 years and, at one point, was smoking 3 packs per day. She had tried multiple smoking cessation products throughout the years with no success. In anticipation of the birth of her first grandchild in December 2012, Linda made the decision to switch from combustible cigarettes to electronic cigarettes in October 2012.
Linda immediately reduced her consumption of combustible cigarettes and had completely transitioned from combustible cigarettes by December 2012. In an effort to help other smokers transition from combustible cigarettes, the Rocky Mount store location was opened in February 2013 and the Wilson store location was opened in July 2014.