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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 heavy smoker. Back in 2012 I started vaping and quit smoking cigarettes for a couple of months then I went back to cigarettes. In 2020 my breathing was difficult. Any exertion causes heavy breathing. If I walked up a flight of stairs, I would need to rest and catch my breath. In December 2020 I started vaping again. It has been 7 months since I have smoked a cigarette. My breathing has returned to normal. I can walk up a flight of stairs, take long walks, ride my bicycle without becoming winded. I can enjoy being active again. I started vaping last December with the intent of quitting cigarettes. So far it has been successful. I started with 24mg nicotine and now use 3mg. My next order of juice will be 0mg nicotine. I enjoy vaping, the experience, and the flavors so, at this time, I do not plan to quit vaping. I just want to quit nicotine. Regardless of what the government says, vaping is an excellent way to quit smoking! Do let yourself be lied to by them or anyone else. If you want to quit and can't do it cold turkey, vape! Todd


I smoked for over 30 years. I assumed that I would die from smoking. Because no smoking cessation method had worked at that point. a few years ago, I was able to quit smoking -- almost by accident -- by using a vape device that my parents had forced me to buy. I have not smoked a cigarette since then and I rely on flavors other than tobacco to stay away from them.

2-5 years


Big Perm
II smoked Marlboro reds the "cowboy killers" at a rate of a pack to a pack & a half a day for 30 years. I tried everything to quit, patches, gum, chew, snus, you name it. When vaping came out i had my doubts, but i thought if i can still get the nicotine without actually smoking, I'd give it a try. Vaping worked as weened myself down on the nicotine percentages in the juice. Started with 24mg, then a month later went to 18mg, a month after that dropped to 12, now im at 6mg & im holding steady. I'm going to stay at 6 till all my juice is gone then go to 3mg, then lower after that till i hit 0mg. Nothing else in the world would've ever gotten me to quit cigarettes except for vaping & it has been a godsend. So thank you God for vapes, it literally saved my life.

6-10 years


I smoked from age 21 to age 55. 34 year of smoking at least 2 packs a day. Then last year i was introduced to vaping. I have not had a cigarette since thank god i quit. Vaping has changed my life I have learned so much since i started vaping. I feel better sleep better and breathe better.

1-2 years


Sabrina Smith
I never thought I'd quit smoking. Which was scary, as I knew it would kill me, but I just couldn't. My first cigarette was one my friends and I snuck out of my uncle's pack when I was 10. By 15 I was smoking most days. Flash forward to 37 and I was smoking well over 2 packs per day. I laid down one night and could hear myself wheezing. I wasn't sick, it was just my normal state at that point. I had two grandparents with emphysema and an uncle (the one who's cigarettes I'd stolen in my youth) with lung cancer. This scared me enough to finally try HARD to quit. This was when I discovered vaping. Of course I'd heard vaping was worse than smoking. That vaping would give you "popcorn lung" and pneumonia would set up from the vapor you inhaled. Luckily I work in the legal field and research is my forte. Research quickly showed me that big tobacco just didn't want me to vape, but that it was actually a lot healthier than smoking. I began dual using in December 2019. By February 2020, I was ready. I smoked my last cigarette on February 8, 2020. In vaping, I have found a way to break a habit and give up a vice I never thought I'd be able to shake. I've also found an enjoyable hobby and a welcoming and friendly community. I hope that the community I discovered can band together and fight the groups/big tobacco that want to continue to try and destroy the vape industry through misinformation, and the politicians who try to push through legislation as a result. VAPING SAVED MY LIFE. If I were to lose access to it, I'm terrified I would go back to smoking.

1-2 years


I used to smoke 1.5 packs of cigarettes a day. I smoked my last cigarette about four years ago, when I started vaping. Vaping has been a blessing because the last several years that I smoked, I had a VERY severe cough. After I started vaping, my coughing decreased and today I do not cough. Over the last year or so, I have been slowly decreasing the nicotine content in my vape juice. I can see a future where one day I will be at zero nicotine. Also, I like fruit flavored/sweet vape juices and I am an adult. It upsets me when people in my government try to decide FOR ME what I am allowed to do with my health and my body. I will vote against any Ohio/US politician who is anti-vaping because to me, vaping is saving me from serious health issues.

2-5 years


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


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


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


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


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