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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
13394
Stefan
I was a pack a day smoker for 23 years. I used patches and gums once on a 16-hour flight and didn´t find it satisfying, albeit using them simultaneously. So, at one point, i tried quitting with the cold turkey method, which didn´t work, so i thought to myself: I´m never going to accomplish this. Since then, i didn´t even want to quit. On christmas 2015, my wife gifted me my first ****-styled e-cigarette. I started dual-using until february 21st 2016, when i noticed that i hadn´t smoked a cigarette in two weeks. Immediately lighting one, realizing it tasted awful, and never smoked again. Since then, my health has greatly improved, running long distances isn´t a problem for me anymore. I don´t smell like an ashtray, and also, the fear of cancer is diminished. Finally, i can take part in the family life because i don´t have to go out every other hour to smoke. The cravings are not as strong, so i believe i may be a better father now! The same applies to my job. I mainly use bakery, dessert and candy flavors, hate tobacco flavors, don´t use mint, and menthol just as an add-on to fruity flavors. When i started, i used 16 mg, now i´m down to just 1mg, because nicotine is so expensive in Germany. I recommend vaping to every smoker that crosses my way, because it´s so easy, and thanks to flavors it´s delicious.

6-10 years

10/28/2021

13393
Travis
I was a 2 or more pack a day smoker. I tried every method to quit, and not one thing would stick. That is until I got my first mod (a **** **) and a ****** ******** **. Once I found that set up I stopped using combustible tobacco, and never looked back.

6-10 years

10/28/2021

13392
C.A.
Vaping and flavors saved me from heart problems and Lungs issues from smoking I can breath and sleep better and have more energy

6-10 years

10/28/2021

13391
MMary M
*I have been vaping for nearly five years. Skeptical about a Vaporizer after smoking cigarettes for over 35 years. I had been smoking a pack a day EVERYDAY. I NO longer smoke cigarettes and that, in and of itself is a miracle. NOT 1 cigarette in 4 years. I did smoke a few when I first began vaping and tapered completely off after a few weeks. In the past I would ( attempt) to quit and after a few days , I would be right back on the cigarettes.I tried Chantix, Gum,patches, hypnosis ( name it ) Not here to say one is better than the other. For me ,Vape is the best option. The Positives of Vape over cigarettes are *Cost *Fiending* for a cigarette *No more coughing *Ashes everywhere *( ash trays ) *The stench And family constantly complaining to me about my cigarettes. I now vape juice from ****** our area retailer . I have tried online ordering and prefer ( made at the counter ) store. VG/PG LEVELS need to be correct due to some allergies I have. Happy Vaping to you 🤟🏻

2-5 years

10/28/2021

13390
Robert Medina
My name is Robert Medina, and I have been vaping for around 10 and a half years. I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day. About a month after I quit, my coghing stopped and I no loger had the stench of cigarettes on me. My energy levels were up and felt great about myself. Vaping needs be available to anyone who wants to quit cigarettes. With the products available today, it is easier than ever to start. As one dealing with brain cancer, I feel for all those dealing with those with cancer from smoking. I was part of a team that sent vape care pakages to our soldiers overseas. We helped hundreds of soldiers quit smoking. We also helped many Vets here in Phoenix quit and stay smoke free. Vaping is my life and I will continue to spread the word that there is a safer alternative to smoking.

6-10 years

10/26/2021

13389
Elora
I smoked cigarettes from a young age up until I discovered vaping 6 years ago. Flavors are one of the things that attracted me to vaping. Vaping has saved me when all else failed. I've tried cold turkey, gums and patches, I've also tried replacing the habit like some do with things like sunflower seeds. Nothing worked, but because of vaping I have been free of cigarettes for 6 years. As long as I can get my vaping products I will never go back to cigarettes. Vaping, flavored liquids, have saved my life.

6-10 years

10/25/2021

13388
William Bamberger
I started smoking cigarettes in junior high school (7th grade)! I smoked for years & eventually began having trouble breathing, having no energy, coughing up phlem, & had to get prescription's for inhaler's & breathing treatment's. This was in my mid 20's. I tried quitting many time's cold turkey, nicotine patches, lozengers, gum's & absolutely none pf them worked in the very least tiniest little bit NOT AT ALL. At that point I felt defeated & began thinking " Well this is it, I can't quit smoking & I am probably gonna die one day from cancer or copd" & that was a very scary realization! Then one day in 2015 I started a new job & on a lunch break someone was vaping & I began talking to this person, asking question's like "what is that stuff, what does it taste like, & does it work". That day after work I was so hopeful because of what I learned of that person's experience with vaping & I wanted that for myself! I went straight to the nearst vape shop & bought a vaping device with some 24mg Blueberry custard flavored e-liquid & I HAVE NOT SMOKED A SINGLE CIGARETTE SINCE THAT DAY. VAPING HAS ABSOLUTELY SAVED MY LIFE! There is no doubt in my mind that vaping work's, it has for me when NOTHING ELSE DID!!!!!

2-5 years

10/25/2021

13387
Tom
I tried smoking first when I was twelve years old, and within four years I was smoking a pack to a pack and a half a day. I continued smoking till I was thirty three. I tried quitting multiple times. I have tried quitting cold turkey, and I used nicotine patches. I had never stopped for more than three months. I always went back to smoking cigarettes.  October 2017 I tried vaping, and have never looked back. It was very important for me to not vape tobacco flavors. I wanted to distance myself from things that reminded me of smoking. I never thought I would quit smoking. I thought I would always go back. Vaping has helped me so much. Since I finished my last pack of cigarettes, and bought my first vape I haven't smoked a cigarette. Not one! It will be four years since I've smoked a cigarette at the end of October. I love what vaping has done for me. I feel like it is easier physically to do things since I started vaping, I don't smell like cigarettes anymore, and if I don't vape for a few hours I don't feel the same anxiety as when I smoked cigarettes. We live in America, and I am thirty seven years old. I should be able to choose what I want to introduce into my body. I should be able to drink what I want, smoke if I want to, vape a cheese cake flavored e-liquid if I want to, or buy vape devices online if I want to. I am an adult, and I should be able to choose to switch to a less harmful alternative to smoking

2-5 years

10/24/2021

13386
Saved by Vaping
I smoked cigarettes for 26 years. Started when I was 16. And the constant increase in prices didn't prevent me from smoking as a minor. Started vaping in August of 2020. I continued smoking and vaping until February of 2021 when I gave up cigarettes and have been combustion free since then. I tried quitting smoking cold turkey but that only lasted a couple months. The sensation of inhaling and the exhale was just as addictive as the chemicals in combustible cigarettes to me, so vaping has filled that part of what kept me smoking. I started vaping fruity flavors and have recently been vaping desserts and bakery flavors. I don't vape a lot of tobacco flavors. If I want to taste tobacco then I would continue to smoke tobacco!!

1-2 years

10/22/2021

13385
Brett C
So I was a 15 year smoker who started smoking at the age of 15. There was many times where I tried to quit in that time, I tried using the gums, patches, and even prescriptions none worked for me. I then in 2018 decided to try to quit again this time using vapor products and I haven't touched a cigarette since. The flavors allow me to not lose interest or get tired of the same thing over and over. With out having the option of having the flavors I do not think I would have been able to stick with it. I do believe that every adult should have vaping as an option to smoking cessation and not having that would be a great injustice to the American Health Care System.

2-5 years

10/22/2021

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