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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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# Name Testimonial Experience Date
13726
James
I smoked for over 40 years and at the age 4 I ordered a free sample vape pen from a site and I liked it better than smoking and over a year advanced to a mod with rebuildable tanks and have not had anything else and I feel a lot better and no longer smell like a ash tray.

6-10 years

04/14/2021

13725
Megan
I started smoking when I was 13 years old. I am 62 years old. I was told that I had to quit smoking several times. I have tried patches and I am allergic to the glue and my doctor said I couldn't use it. I have epilepsy I can't take Chantex because it causes seizures, so my doctors won't let me use it. I have tried cold turkey and the longest I ever went was about a year and a half. The gum didn't help me at all and it taste is disgusting. I would get bronchitis and/or walking pneumonia several times a year. I hated the smell of smoke in my house, my car, my clothes, and my hair all the time. I was diagnosed with COPD and my doctor said I had to quit smoking. No matter how tried to quit I never succeeded. I started vaping 8 years ago and haven't gotten sick, and my doctor said that my lungs are cleared. I no longer have shortness of breath walking or exercising. I started at 12 mg of nicotine and am currently at 3 mg. I love Pina Colada as my favorite flavor. I hope that vaping can help smokers to quit when nothing else works for them. I don't want to go back to smoking cigarettes again. Vaping has saved my life and can help so many others to stop smoking and/or the loss of their life. Thank you.

6-10 years

04/14/2021

13724
Cal Rynn Pavus
I smoked cigarettes from age 16 to 19/20. I was a military member, and I am part of the LGBTQ+ community. I started smoking due to stress and anxiety, and other mental health and life issues, and it (as well as vaping) has filled a habitual gap that could have easily been taken by other substances. I tried to use NRT's like patches and chewing gum for over a year, and they just did not cut the manual and oral habit that I needed to fulfill to truly stop using cigarettes, as well as just not generally being an enjoyable or affordable set of products to use. My psychiatrist at the time, of all people, was the one who actually suggested vaping to me. I started transitioning to vaping around age 19, back in mid-2015. I used some small pod systems and gradually settled in the dual battery mod/open system tank & pod mod area for my preferred devices. I completely transitioned from smoking, to vaping, in early 2016. I was a less-than one pack a day smoker, and my initial use of vaping was 6-12mg E-liquids, completely comprised of fruit and food flavors (not menthol, mint, or tobacco, for clarification.) 6 years later, I use strictly 3mg E-liquids, when I even use nicotine E-liquids at all. A vast majority of my vaping use now is just for flavor/enjoyment, and to fulfill that manual and oral habit. My personal quality of life has improved quite a bit. My doctors at this point can not even find evidence that I ever smoked or used combustible products - my lungs are healthier than they were over 8 years ago, by comparison. I can breathe better, I can focus more, and most importantly: My mental health has improved. I've been able to reduce medications and worry less about health issues because of vaping- specifically speaking, I had a particular case of depression that was mostly linked to cigarette use, as some of the chemicals in cigarette smoke were causing imbalances and worsening some of my already existing mental health issues. In short, vaping has, I believe, saved & changed my life in many ways. I now manage a vape & glass chain, and assist other smokers and vapers in improving their own quality of life and knowledge about harm reduction, among other things.

6-10 years

04/14/2021

13723
Katherine Weiner
My name is Katherine Weiner and I'm writing this testimonial specifically because of CT State Bill 326. Vaping has helped me in a multitude of ways, including easing my breathing as I smoked from approximately 13 until I was 23 and in the military. I began vaping in 2018 after having more issues than others performing for physical readiness tests while I was in the Navy. I went to my local vape store to see what they had as it wasn't a huge thing where I was from at the time and I was lost on what you needed, levels of nicotine, etc. The amazing small business owners helped me figure out which electronic nicotine delivery system would be best for me as well as vape juices that tasted great and contained the nicotine my body needed after having smoked for so long. Over time I've gradually decreased my nicotine levels and it has made a world of difference over the years. I can now breathe more easily and enjoy more activities now such as hiking and not having to worry about smelling like cigarettes. My own father and step mother have started vaping, and they were smoking since they were teenagers, and it has only improved their overall quality of life and health. If this option is taken away from the adults who are 21 and up, then they may just stick with cigarettes as there's nothing else that gives you the hand to mouth like vaping does or the ability to know exactly where your nicotine levels are and taper down. Besides that fact, there are four ingredients in vape juice versus 3, 500+ in cigarettes and 50 known carcinogens. I'm not saying vaping is healthy as introducing anything that isn't air to your lungs is potentially harmful, but it is a much healthier option that cigarettes.

2-5 years

04/11/2021

13722
Eric
I started smoking at age 16, and smoked a pack and a half a day until i was 25. I had tried to stop smoking many times using gum or patches but it never worked. For my 25th birthday my mom, who had just stopped smoking by switching to vaping and is now nicotine free, got me a vape mod and some ejuice and implored me to give it a try. The selling point for me was the cost savings as vaping is far less expensive than 1-2 packs of cigarettes a day. Unlike with other smoking cessation aids, i did not have any nicotine withdrawals and had no craving whatsoever for a cigarette. I actually came to find I enjoyed vaping far more than i ever did smoking and that the monetary savings, while nice, pale in comparison to the effects to my health. For me the transition was easy and painless. After about 2 months of vaping my smokers cough had gone away, my blood pressure decreased and I began to recognize the effect smoking was having on my health. Begining vaping is one of the best things ive done for my health, 4 years later and im still happily vaping and my dr. is happy about it as well. Also, I would like to point out that my favorite flavors are the sweet fruit or candy flavors, many people propose a ban on these flavors because "only children are attracted to them". If those flavors of vape juice didnt exist when I started there is a good chance I would have switched back to smoking. Banning those flavors will not prevent youths from vaping, but it will lessen the appeal of vaping to a large swath of smokers who may stop smoking if they find a vape flavor they enjoy.

2-5 years

04/06/2021

13721
Jesaiah hansen
I started smoking at the age of 12. Stealing them from my parents, at 14 I bought my first pack. And for the next 23 or so years I never stopped, no matter how hard I tried. Finally, one day I started vaping, and found a flavor that took away the urge. Bourbon vanilla custard. Mind you I had started vaping 2 years prior, but it never satisfied the urge. I have come to the conclusion that from 12-18 what a person does gets engrained into their being. I will never stop inhaling some sort of product. But, with vaping it has been proven over 97% safer by the royal collage of physicians. So I'm at peace with my decision to vape for the rest of my life, and hopefully I can get down to zero nicotine in the future.

6-10 years

04/05/2021

13720
Rory
Vaping has been the only solution to quitting smoking for me. Flavors are the reason. Look at the black market it would create if they were banned. Prohibition has never worked. Furthermore since online sales has been halted customers have to come into a shop (just the same as any liquor store across the state) not to mention alcohol can have any flavor?!?!

6-10 years

04/05/2021

13719
Jeremy Terminesi
Vaping saved my life flavors saved my life

6-10 years

04/05/2021

13718
Damian T
I was a smoker from the age of 13 to 26yrs old. The last 8 to 10 years that I was smoking I was up to almost 2 packs a day. I started trying to quit at around 19 years old. I tried gum,patches,pills, lozenges and cold turkey. Nothing ever worked... Well nothing worked until I decided to try vaping. Within 5 days I had completely stopped smoking combustible cigarettes. I went from waking up coughing till I vomited every single morning. To waking up not coughing at all the first week after I switched to vaping. I went from not being able to walk through the mall without having to catch my breath. To being able to exercise for on average 2 to 3 hours a day,including jogging and running an average of 3 to 5 miles per day. Not only did vaping drastically improve my quality of life,by improving my health, it also did so by allowing me to vape inside instead of having to step outside every half hour to an hour wherever I was. I was able to stay inside and watch a movie with my family. I was able to save countless amounts of money. I had also found a new hobby and a community of people who vaped. A community who were all more than willing, to help me with any questions I had. I was taught how to build my own coils and about ohms law. I was taught how to mix my own e liquid. I got into advocacy through grimmgreen on YouTube and Casaa, who made it easy to stay informed and to write my local senators and men/women of congress about the issue I was so passionate about...vaping. The thing that did what nothing else could. Which was to quit smoking. Vaping... the single most important factor in dramatically improving my health and quality of life. The fact that I could find amazing flavors AS AN ADULT that kept me satisfied and never wanting a cigarette again for over 7 years. Vaping...the thing that certain organizations and individual politicians have attempted countless times to ban under the false narrative of “protecting the children” or false claims about the dangers of nicotine or diacetyl ‘which was a chemical found in certain flavor concentrates that the vape industry and community had known about for years prior and already had self regulated. These groups and individuals spread lies and misinformation about the very thing that saved my life. If you are reading this, and want to know WHY???..why exactly, would these groups and politicians want to ban such an amazing tool of tobacco harm reduction, and smoking cessation ??? If you are asking yourself why do yourself a favor and Search “the truth about vaping, why they hate us” on YouTube and learn about the MSA (master settlement agreement),it’s not very long and I promise it will blow your mind and will perfectly explain exactly why, Why I have watched these people try to ban vaping so many times over the past 7+years. I know I went on a rant there but I am passionate about vaping because it did save my life. I don’t need to read anyone else’s story to know the benefits of switching, because I have lived them and continue to everyday. Yes I am still addicted to nicotine, but that is by choice and I have drastically reduced my nicotine intake and did so very shortly after switching. I went from vaping 24mg e liquid to 6mg and now sometimes 3mg and I continue to vape not just out of a physical dependency to nicotine, I continue to vape because I enjoy it and it is a hobby of mine. I continue to vape so I never have to smoke a disgusting cigarette again. I love vaping , vaping saved my life and I believe that exact sentence sums up my testimonial.

6-10 years

03/31/2021

13717
Katherine
I started smoking in the 70s. I started vaping and have not smoked since. Smoking cigarettes gave me COPD. I smoked for over 30 years. Vaping worked for me. I'm an adult and have a choice, and those rights to choose are being taken away from us. This is the United States! Right?

11+ years

03/31/2021

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