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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 smoked a pack a day for over 25 years and it was really taking a toll on my health. I became easily winded by even just climbing stairs, developed a chronic cough, and my chest was always tight. I hated the smell, the dirty ash trays, the occasional burnt carpet spot from dropping one, and the idea of others dealing with my second-hand smoke. I tried many times to quit with the aid of things like nicotine gum and patches. Nothing worked. That is, until I was introduced to flavored vaping. I had my first vape in March 2014, a delicious strawberry vanilla, and that day was my last cigarette. I held on to my cigarettes for 30 days because I was unsure if this new safer alternative would work, but it did - I had absolutely no desire or craving for a cigarette, and the ritual habit of hand to mouth along with seeing the "puff" were completely satisfied by the vapor. Within just a few months my health improved, the coughing stopped, and within 6 months I was exercising without getting winded. Within 8 months a chest x-ray exam showed that my lungs looked healthy, and the doctor was very impressed. My overall quality of life improved, and having a smoke-free household improved the quality of life for my family. Now 8 years later at age 53 I still enjoy vaping, I've tapered the nicotine level down to just 3mg, and I'm in better health / physical shape than I was at 45. Vaping truly saved my life and made me a better person to be around. What I don't understand is how the powers that be could possibly in good conscience try to prevent fully grown adults from obtaining flavored e-liquid and they try to deny that vaping is much safer than smoking in every way. They resort to their notion that flavored vapes could be attractive to teens, but I don't see them taking flavored alcohol off the shelves. Anyone who lives in the real world knows that some teens come from backgrounds that make them predisposed to smoking and drinking, and teens will always find a way to get what they want. It's obvious that the flavor bans have nothing to do with public health concerns, and everything to do with the money the states owe in huge bonds to the big tobacco companies, and keeping those cigarettes on the shelves to collect that tax money to pay those debts. There are now millions of people like me who credit flavored vaping with giving us ability to quit smoking and reduce our risk of several smoking-related illnesses, and who now live a vastly improved life thanks to vaping. Give us our flavors back. We do not want the gross taste of tobacco or the dangers of combustible smokes. Why penalize us for improving our health and the lives of those around us? End this ridiculous flavor ban and give adults our rights back. David, 53, New York, smoke-free for over 8 years thanks to flavored vaping.

6-10 years


I smoked 2 packs a day since age 11 ...42 years later couldn't breathe.. mornings were a nightmare of hacking. went to a vape store got a starter kit and Marlboro juice. it was horrible...big fail...after a month I went back and got cotton candy...put my cigarettes down and been smoke free 7-8 yrs ...0 nicotine juice and still cotton weight gain from quitting because it fulfills my sweet tooth.

6-10 years


I was a 2 pack a day Marlboro red smoker since I was 16. At 30 I started waking up to coughs and lung soreness. I decided it was time to make a change. Thanks to vanilla custard flavored liquid and a simple vaping device I was able to kick an almost 15 year habit over night. Before vaping I’d tried chantix and had some of the worst nightmares ever. I also tried nicotine gum and even nicotine toothpicks. Both were useless. Now I’ve been smoke free for 8 years. I do still vape, but I’m down to 3mg of nicotine. Since quitting the lung pain has gone away and I haven’t had any negative side effects from vaping at all. My energy levels have gone up, o2 levels are up, and I feel better than I did when smoking. The only “negative” was a couple weeks after quitting smoking. I’d heard people say that cigarettes stink for years and never understood. Then my sense of smell and taste came back with a vengeance. I can confidently say now that, yes, cigarettes smell like death.

6-10 years


I smoked cigarettes for over 35 years. Never really a heavy smoker except in my youth. As I got older I found myself embarrassed by the habit. It was something that just went along with everything else negative in my life. Alcoholism, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression and numerous other ailments. I'm happy to report that I am 5 1/2 years sober and have been vaping for a little over 2 years. Thank goodness for the smoking alternative! It has helped immensely with my sobriety and I feel so much better!

2-5 years


Aksarben 51
Although not a panacea, vaping certainly has a calming affect on me.. I have struggled with substance abuse, and have been sober for over 40 years. I too have had bouts of depression and an anxiety disorder.. Nicotine has helped to clear my mind and ( as mentioned before) has had a calming affect on me.. There is plenty of science to back this up.. Smoking traditional cigarettes was killing me ; so a switch to vaping ( harm reduction ) was perfect for me.. I have been cigarette free for over 9 years, and am grateful for this new harm reduction technology.. It works !!

6-10 years


Katy Corzantes
I am here to advocate for the continued use and sales of vape products. I smoked cigarettes for 19 years. I honestly had given up trying to quit. I've tried nicotine patches, gum and even pills. During my 19 years smoking I had developed smokers asthma and was prescribed an inhaler and even inhaled steroids. I also had chronic bronchitis and was constantly on an everyday basis coughing up green and yellow phlegm that I would have to spit out. I didn't have the quality of life I had before I started smoking. I carried with me hand sanitizer, gum and body spray everywhere I went so I wouldn't smell like an ashtray or have the taste of one in my mouth. One day while staying with my brother one of his and my friend came by and left his vape there. Knowing he wouldn't mind I started taking puffs off of it here and there. The flavor was similar to skittles. I started noticing I wasn't going outside to smoke a cigarette as often. My habit of half a pack a day became maybe a half a pack a week until soon I didn't crave a cigarette at all. I also noticed I wasn't using my inhaler which I did previous to the vaping at least 3x on a daily basis. I felt mentally and physically stronger and overall better than I did when smoking cigarettes. I couldn't believe it, I wasn't even trying to quit and the vape did it for me and believe me I even had a hard time cutting back and quitting cigarettes while pregnant with my son way back when. I was amazed and so happy and grateful to be able to breathe again and not to smell and taste like an ashtray anymore. I am a proud and grateful vaporista (my new word ;)). I am extremely burdened and stressed out about all these bans on vape products and shipping regulations and store regulations. I am so lucky our friend came by that day almost 7 years ago and left his vape. I literally thank God for my good fortune and I advocate for the vaping industries as much as i possibly can even on the streets face to face with anybody who will listen. I am so happy to be cigarette free and I hope and pray the states to back off of the vaping industries like they have the cancer sticks (cigs) industry. We need more vape stores around rather than cigarette and alcohol stores. We know for a fact that cigarettes cause cancer and drinking alcohol cause liver disease, schlorosis, drunk driving fatalities, bar fights and disorderly conduct none of which vaping causes but yet here we are relating the vaping industries instead of cigarettes and alcohol. Doesn't make sense, does it? PLEASE LEGISLATURE PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR ASSES, BACK OFF OF US AND OURS AND DO SOMETHING THAT REALLY MAKES SENSE AND OR MATTERS ! SERIOUSLY WAKE UP... VAPING IS NOT THE PROBLEM BUT A SOLUTION FOR MILLIONS !!!!

6-10 years


i had been smoking for 3 years i started in 2004 but after moving to oregon in 05 i looked into vaping when it came about and i tryed it cause of me bing on and off cigs for years after moving to oregon and i did not like the smell. So once i tryed e-cigs i never wanted a cig ever again hope this year 2022 is not the last year for vaping in usa

2-5 years


Melodie C
I smoked for over 30 years. I was born with asthma and picked up the nasty habit of smoking when I was 15 years old. Time after time, I tried quitting unsuccessfully with gum, patches and even prescription medications. I hated smoking, but I was hooked. My doctor tested me a couple of years before I quit for copd because my O2 saturation was dropping into the 60’s while I slept at night. Only when O2 was ordered by my doctor and a very large and noisy 02 concentrator was rolled into my bedroom did I begin to realize just how bad my health had become. After my father died (smoking related heart disease), I had a friend buy a vape device and she let me try hers. I was 45 when I finally realized that I could quit with a vapor device. I bought my first device and the rest is history. My breathing slowly began to improve, I no longer needed the concentrator, and 3 breathing treatments daily were not needed anymore. I almost never battle lung infections anymore and feel SO much better! Plus, I don’t spend a fortune on cigarettes any longer, I don’t smell like an ashtray and my smell has returned. My doctor said if he didn’t know better he would never have guessed I smoked for as long as I did. I can’t say enough good things about vaping. I’ve been smoke free for 8 years now! It may not seem like a big deal to some, but vaping literally saved my life. At 53, I never imagined that my lungs would be as good as they are because they were horrible for so long. I continue to try and help people quit and give advice whenever I can. It’s so important that we preserve something that will allow people to quit and improve their overall health.

6-10 years


Started smoking when I was 14 years old... Vape helped me quit. Been vaping for 11 years now and I am feeling great.My health has improved.The sense of smell and taste returned in incredible form . I helped many people to stop smoking with introducing them to vape world. Flavors are very important when it comes to that decision making part because most of them never ever want to taste that horrible taste and smell of cigs. Wish everyone a happy World Vape Day. Be a voice, not an echo!! Let them hear Us!!

11+ years


My first cig at 9. Smoked 1 pk a day by 15. 2 pks a day by 19. Total of 40+ years. I tried patches, gum, hypnosis, pressure points, candy, brushing my teeth, empty straws, low nic cig, cold turkey and nothing worked. Quit or Die attitudes from everyone. I was made to feel like it was my fault. My husband bought 2 of the new ecigs like what FDA is now authorizing. I tried for 3 years, everyday. No luck. My last ditch effort was a mod with a new open tank gizmo with my choice of flavor. 12 hours after I got it, I knew it was going to work. Started with 24 nic and Strawberry vape. I love the taste but am allergic. Because it was a flavor I wanted and not tobacco it made me keep using the vape and not return to cig. Reduced nic to 6 now My BP went way down, no more migraines, lost weight, could now walk up stairs and ramps, stopped getting upper respiratory infections and in 3 years my lungs Cleared, no sign of Ever smoking. Turns out I have anxiety and the reason I had such a hard time stopping cig, was this. I was self medicating and did not know it. After being on meds my Dr gives his blessings to continue using vape because we both agree it helps better than the meds most of the time. Yep, Vape Saved My Life!

6-10 years


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