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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
I was a smoker for over half my life, starting at just 14 due to growing up in a family of heavily addicted cigarette smokers. Through the years I tried everything to quit, even volunteering for several clinical studies on the (unnecessary and dangerous) use of antidepressants for smoking cessation - nothing worked. Finally I tried vaping as a more convenient way to smoke. I could take "a hit" versus smoking an entire cigarette and quickly broke free from my habitual smoking habits. In just a couple of years, I was no longer feeling all the effects of addiction and felt ready and able to quit. By reducing the amount of nicotine down to zero, I eventually quit vaping and have been smoke-free for 2 years. Vaping cut my associations with nicotine and now I don't even think about or crave it, even when in the presence of others smoking/vaping. It changed my life!

2-5 years


Matthew Phillip Vallee
I smoked 2 packs a day for 20 years, I initially switched to lightweight closed pod systems to mimic the feel of a cigarette and switched fully to vaping back when the nic limits were over 50mg using roughly 1-2ml of eliquid a day. After about a year my oral fixation involving holding a cigarette was shattered, I noticed I went from holding my vape device between my fingers like a cigarette to balancing it on my pinky. A few months ago I started using a mod+refillable tank and the cost of using it was night and day lower than smoking even those nasty reserve no name smokes in a bag. 2 years later the most significant change is in my breathing, before switching to vaping I had burned my lungs with combustibles so my lungs are constantly flooded by natural fluid build up in the scar damage and my breathing was very restricted. 2 years later I'm breathing so much easier, I've stopped coughing up black chunks, I stopped smelling like an ashtray, and I'm not so drained all the time. I'm gradually dropping off nicotine entirely and being pushed by my government back into smoking cigarettes cuz they're hellbent on killing the vaping community in Canada entirely after they made tanks hard to get cuz the CRC regulations soon liquid will be taxed even higher than cigarettes. It's truly a depressing time to be alive in Canada.

2-5 years


N Cook
I've been off regular cigarettes for a year and a half now. I was using regular cigarettes for 26 years prior to this. I was not even trying to quit regular cigarettes and it just worked - One day I was like well I haven't had to roll cigarettes in a while now, and it hit me that I had not had one in 5 days. I quit regular cigarettes - it happened and I couldn't be happier with this fact. I started out with disposable vapes and went to a moderate sized kit then on to a smaller kit. In the past I tried patches and those did not satisfy the hand to mouth craving so I gave up trying to quit. I also tried to quit by getting on prescription meds to help control my depression/anxiety and other issues but the meds worked for a month and then I couldn't take them anymore. So I smoked more to keep my emotions in check. Now I can control how much nicotine I take in. I can cut it down to zero if I choose too, haven't gotten there yet but I will - As long as the FDA doesn't interfere with these products. My personal understanding is that addiction comes from a form of trauma and a trauma response is smoking - the least harmful of the other alternatives like hard drugs in response to trauma. So message to the FDA if you ban all forms of cigarettes or even some forms of cigarettes - You will be adding to the trauma and no good will come of it. You want to keep nicotine out of peoples systems? Stop trauma from happening. You can't? Then do the next best thing and leave our nicotine and the way we chose to use it ALONE.

1-2 years


Smoked for 40 years. Took about 2 years to switch over to vaping completely. No cravings, breath easier.

6-10 years


I used to smoke cigarettes, then I switched to vaping. Honestly I’d rather vape because it’s better on the lungs than an actual cigarette. Especially the smell of a cigarette overall just stinks and annoying. I’ve been vaping for almost 5 years, I can breathe better, I smell better, I taste better ever since I quit smoking and switched to vaping. I would rather see vapes everywhere than cigarettes in general. I don’t think they are bad for you. Especially overtime the quality of the liquid is so much better and safer.

2-5 years


Kasey Hardwick
I was a hard-core smoker since I was 10 years old and I turn 38 in September 2022. I am so thankful for vaping and flavors! It is the only thing that helped me stop smoking. I haven't had a cigarette in over a month now and I feel so much better just from one month of not smoking. Around 28 years of smoking and all it took for me to quit was an amazing harm reduction known as vaping. Thanks to everyone out there fighting to keep vaping available to help save lives like mine! 👍

Less than 1 year


My name is Vicki, and I'm an ex smoker (3 months free of cigarettes) thanks to vaping. I've only been vaping for 3 months, and I quit cigarettes cold turkey. I am not a dual user. I'm 55 years old, and smoked for 25 years. I use rebuildable tank atomizers and rebuildable drip atomizers with 3 mg e liquid. I don't even miss cigarettes, and the smell actually disgusts me. I tried Chantix, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, hypnotherapy, and countless other methods to quit smoking, but none of them worked. The longest I was able to stay smoke free was 2 weeks. Vaping nicotine is the only thing that has helped me stay smoke free, and the flavors help me. Since switching to vaping, my health has improved. I don't cough anymore, and no more wheezing. My last Pulmonary Function test that was taken after I had switched to vaping for 2 months, was better than the PFT a year ago. I feel so much better, and I'm so happy I switched to a safer alternative, vaping nicotine in flavors that I enjoy.

Less than 1 year


Lorry R Williams
I started smoking sporadically when I was 14 years old. A couple of years later, I started smoking regularly and continued for the next 42 years. I never tried quitting because I didn’t believe I could. I never got above a pack a day, but when cigarettes started costing so much money, I was literally spending money I could not afford. One day, a gentleman came into my work and offered to allow me to try his ecigarette. The next weekend I bought a rig and quit smoking that Easter Sunday. That was 9 years ago and I can’t tell you how much better I feel. I don’t wake up coughing , no sore throats, and saving so much money was thrilling to say the least. When I heard they were trying to outlaw vaping, I was appalled to say the least. The very thing that saved my life was now being threatened because of teenagers who were using it to get high. I prayed for a long time for something to help me quit smoking, and God answered my prayers. Please don’t let them take my vaping away from me. I don’t want to start smoking cigarettes again. Thank you Lorry

6-10 years


I smoked for 41 years until my husband found out his sister had lung cancer. The same day he stopped at a vape shop & bought a electronic vape home. I tried it for the first time. I like it and haven't smoked cigarettes in years. I hated the smell of cigarettes plus I was just starting to get a cough & weese every morning. After vaping the cough & weese left in two weeks. It was the best thing that happened to me. In my family every person that still smokes cigarettes has a C.O.P.D disorder. I am so thankful for the vape being invented. It has truly saved my life. No doubt!!!

6-10 years


I will be 69 years old in August of 2022. I smoked marlboro cigarettes until 2009 when I was hospitalized for double pheumonia. I was forced to quit smoking, however, I used nicotine gum & patches until 2014 when I discovered vaping. Everyday during those 5 years I obsessed about smoking again, even using the alternative nicotines. I don't obsess anymore & feel so much better physically. Vaping keeps me from even thinking about cigarettes. I have a lung xray every year & my doctor says my lungs actually look better now than they did in 2009. I panic just thinking e-cigs may be taken off the market because I know I would want to go back to smoking again. We must not let this happen. Especially if they are not affecting others. I feel that e-cigs are my only way to stay off cigarettes forever. GB PS. I would order them from other countries if I'm forced to!

6-10 years


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