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Real People. Real Stories.

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is collecting successful vape stories and testimonials from smokers who used smoke-free alternatives to quit or reduce their smoking. The testimonials are posted publicly on our website for everyone to see, and may be sent to lawmakers to fight anti-vaping legislation.

This public collection of successful vape stories is a powerful response to those who want to restrict access to e-cigarettes and other smoke-free products. Our goal is to present a large collection of compelling individual reports that will make it impossible for anyone to claim that substitution of low-risk alternatives (e-cigarettes, snus, and other smoke-free tobacco/nicotine products) is not a proven method for quitting smoking.

You are free to write your own story and include or exclude any details as you like. However, if you would like a few suggestions, below is a list of questions to consider:

  • How long did you smoke?
  • How long ago did you start using a smoke-free alternative?
  • Exactly what type of smoke-free products do you use (please do not include company/brand names), and has this changed over time?
  • Do you still smoke, and if so how much have you cut down?
  • Did you both smoke and use the smoke-free product for a time before quitting smoking entirely (if so, how long?), or did you switch immediately? Did you stop tobacco/nicotine entirely for a while and then start using a low-risk alternative?
  • What methods (NRT, Chantix, counseling, etc.) did you use to try to quit smoking before switching to a smoke-free alternative? How long were you able to go without smoking using these other methods before starting again?
  • What changes in the quality of your life (both positive and negative) have you noticed since adopting the smoke-free alternative?

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Latest Testimonials

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# Name Testimonial Experience Date
13339
Lolly B
Legislators of my state Maryland imposed a 60% tax on nicotine liquids effective this spring 2021 n the name of 'saving kids". What about us elders - people who smoked for over 50 years before switching to vaping? Our bodies are wired for nicotine-- ingestion is not an 'addiction' as much as a physiological necessity. Are we disposable? Are we being punished financially for switching to vaping? Ironically. although Maryland also modestly raised the tax on cigarettes and cigars a bit, it was nothing like 60% on vaping liquids!! (You can bet a lot of folks on fixed incomes will return to old fashioned smoking.) I'm very angry with Maryland's "nanny state" disregard -and the monetary penalty imposed on vaping oldsters like me.

2-5 years

06/04/2021

13338
James
Hi I'm James. I am a working class father and husband. I am 31 years young and I smoked cigarettes for 15 years (half of my life 🤯) Nothing worked during those years of smoking to aid me in my wanting too quit. Gums, patches, etc. none were of any help. Then when vaping was first introduced into my rural area I tried a cigalike. Terrible. That almost ruined vaping for me entirely. It wasn't till a few years later when I got to try a friend's subohm tank. And wow! I went out and got my first box mod and tank combo. It took a little time but eventually I did go some time combustion free. Then problems had arise. Broken mods, tanks constantly leaking, coils bad/burnt when brand new out the package. I got irritated and it was getting expensive losing juice and wasting coils. I ended up smoking again. Until my oldest son on a random day just said to me... "Daddy I liked it better when you were vaping." So from that point I knew I had to find a solution. So I did my research on anything I could find. I needed something more affordable and durable. I was drawn to mech mods and building. And today it's a part of life and the entire family hasn't looked back since. 5 years combustion free as of 5/31/21

2-5 years

06/02/2021

13337
Bayhi1990
I have been vaping since 2014 , since then I have felt like I have been free of any smell of cigarettes, vaping has helped me breath, smell and taste better. The areas around me have not smelled like cigarettes ever since. I have also started diying juice and have noticed vaping is a lot cheaper. I do not want to ever go back to smoking. Thank you .

11+ years

05/31/2021

13336
Liana
I smoked for 34 years. I suffered from chronic bronchitis, asthma, and the beginnings of COPD. I tried nicotine gum and patches, counselling, etc to quit, but nothing kept me from smoking long term. When I finally tried vaping, it worked! Within a couple months of vaping, all my respiratory problems disappeared. Vaping saved my life from the harmful effects of smoking. Every adult deserves access to safer alternatives to smoking, especially vaping.

2-5 years

05/30/2021

13335
J.Loibl
I smoked for about 18 years then started using smokeless tobacco for about 7 years. I'd heard about vaping and finally decided to try after all the skepticism ( cause gums and patches didn't work) I was able to quit using tobacco all together! Vaping saved my life!!

6-10 years

05/30/2021

13334
Gavin
I started smoking when i was 22,i had tried everything i could to try and quit, cold turkey,patches,gum, then my friend introduced me to vaping in 2017, i feel much better health wise for my self and my son, i dont know why i started but vaping has helped me quit and stay of the smokes

2-5 years

05/29/2021

13333
Christopher
Ok So the last cig I smoked was in 2008. I just went for full lung xrays and I was told that my lungs don't look like I have ever smoked. I still vape everyday. I can't believe the pushback from this government on something that saves lives. Thanks for trying, but big tobacco owns the vape industry now. I will surely not be voting for this administration in the future. Dumdums. May 2021

11+ years

05/29/2021

13332
Marc Slis
I'm 57 and started smoking at 9 yrs old. After smoking my first cigarette, I went to a gas station to buy my first pack. Instead, I got my first job-pumping gas for the attendant, where he paid me in cigarettes. I became a pack/day smoker within one year and smoked for 41 years. After trying to quit for 30 years and failing with every other available method, I walked into a vape shop by accident and quit with a flavored electronic cigarette on the spot. After patronizing that vape shop for a year and a half, I bought it. In the last five and half years I've helped over 1,700 others to successfully quit smoking, just as I did. Vaping saved my life and the lives of 1,700 others in my small community.

6-10 years

05/28/2021

13331
Shane E.
I started smoking when I was 15 years old. Within a year I was going through about a pack a day. This habit lasted for 30 years. One day I heard a story on the radio about devices that smokers were using to get nicotine without tobacco and could still blow out some kind of cloud. That sounded interesting but I thought it would probably be sort of lame. I bought one of those cigarette-looking devices and my initial thoughts were confirmed. So I kept smoking. A short while later my father, in his seventies, told me that he had taken up vaping on advice from his cancer doctor. He told me he had quit smoking with vaping and actually kind of enjoyed it. I purchased a decent little starter kit and a couple flavours. This setup was so much better than my first attempt. I really liked the taste and the urge for a cigarette vanished. By that evening I just knew I would never smoke again. And I haven’t. It’s been over nine years now. My father, incidentally, is cancer-free today and living his best life. He doesn’t vape anymore but he credits it with kicking a years-long habit and saving his life. I do too and I’m grateful. I believe I have the right to make my own health choices and I choose vaping over smoking. Everyone should have that choice available, and that’s why I am an advocate for vaping.

6-10 years

05/28/2021

13330
Brandee E.
I had my first cigarette at 8 yrs old. By the age of 12 I was smoking regularly. My whole family smoked: generations of us. I knew that smoking would probably shorten my life, I just didn’t care. My life and all of its challenges are happening now. I was happy with smoking and the lectures are so rote they’re easy to ignore. So when I was first introduced to vaping, I wasn’t interested. The technology wasn't fantastic at the time and cigarettes still did the trick. But I kept tasting the different e-liquids that my husband offered me (he’d quit smoking already) and they were really good. Initially, it was the taste that kept me coming back & I’d smoke in between. But as it got colder outside I substituted more, choosing not to go outside for a ciggie. Over a period of 18+ mths, I vaped more & smoked less, until I couldn’t be bothered to smoke anymore. I’ve smoked 6 or so cigarettes in the last 8 years. Haven’t had a single bronchial infection or trouble breathing, when I used to all the time. Also haven’t craved a cigarette because I’m still getting the nicotine that I enjoy. Coercion never worked on me. If anything it made me dig in harder. It was having a better option that worked & leaving me to make the choice. Today I try to support people who smoke where they’re at, the way my husband did for me, & I fight to preserve vaping for the people who haven’t yet tried it. We all deserve the opportunity to make the choice for ourselves and I’m determined to preserve that choice. People who smoke are still my people and I refuse to abandon them, even if the world largely has.

6-10 years

05/28/2021

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