BLACKBURN and Darwen has cemented its place as the capital of vaping once again with a string of new announcements.

Flavour Warehouse, part of Vampire Vape in Darwen, has announced a fresh move in the South Asian market.

With the trading arrangement in Pakistan, the Global Way company, which has been around since 2013, has now made inroads in no fewer than 63 territories.

And Vape Dinner Lady, working out of Wilkinson Way in Blackburn, has revealed a new line of tuck shop varieties to garner a sales boost.

Mo Patel’s fledgling firm is banking on the likes of apple sours, watermelon slices and lemon sherbets, Bubble Trouble and Sweet Fusion.

The entrepeneur, who entered the field around two years ago, said: “As always, we have listened carefully to our loyal fans. They are the ones that push us to be better every single time we launch a new range.

“So much time and investment has gone into creating Tuck Shop, which is set to be our fastest-selling range to date.”

Their new line comes as VDL also introduce a new custom-designed bottle, with a nib mechanism, instead of pipettes, to cut down on dripping. Custom-made plastic vessels are also being favoured over glass.

Mr Patel added: “We’ve also listened to our retailers and distributors across the globe – hence the new custom bottle with its unique features. We’ve really hit every point of feedback to truly make this a fantastic experience for everyone. We think it’s a winning combination.

Their exploits have comes as one of the industry’s forerunners, Totally Wicked, bang the drum for their 10th anniversary. Bosses at the Stancliffe Street chain have commissioned their own documentary, to mark a decade in the game. And a cash giveaway has been unveiled, with a first prize of £10,000.

Fraser Cropper, managing director, said: “Our 10-year anniversary marks the day we first opened our Totally Wicked website and sold our first branded e-cigarette and e-liquid.

“It was a true pioneering moment. With the term vaping still at least three years away from making its appearance, e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers had a tremendously difficult task of creating awareness and trust in our products.

“ Even in our earliest infancy, we were privileged to be able to rely on the support of some tremendously loyal customers, who understood first-hand the potential of vaping.”

The market leader now has a string of retail outfits and sporting tie-ins with the likes of Blackburn Rovers and St Helens RLFC.