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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
To whom it may concern, I started smoking at the age of 14, I’m 69 now. I have tried cold turkey which I failed at because in 2 and a half years I would just sneak cigarettes when I could. I tried chantix and that lasted for about 4 months but I went back to smoking again. I’ve tried the patch which I wasn’t even going to mention because I don’t think I lasted a week. I started vaping as an alternative because when I smoked cigarettes I would try to go to sleep at night and my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest. I got worried. I didn’t feel like I could take as deep of a breath because of smoking. Not to mention the smell, the awful smell that I smelled like everywhere I went. My first attempt at vaping wasn’t an easy change. I would mostly smoke cigarettes and have a few vape puffs. I gradually added more vape every week. It took about a year before I could totally be vaping. I have been vaping for around 5 years now. My body feels so much better. There are no side effects of vaping as there was smoking. My breathing is back to normal. My heart is still intact and no more smell. The plan is to take the nicotine out completely for around a month and start to quit altogether which is coming soon. I couldn’t do that with cigarettes. Please keep the vaping materials available. They are my last attempt at not smoking cigarettes. I will have to go back to cigarettes if there is no alternative. Sincerely, Linda Stein

2-5 years


I just wanted to say I was a smoker off and on for 37 years I just couldn't stay away from cigarettes. That habit began to be disgusting to me. I knew I wanted to quit . I made the decision to start vaping . That day changed everything about my smoking habits .. I found away to quit cigarettes and not look back. After the first week. My horrible smokers cough went away aswell as the nasty phlegm that came with it. I vape with what is called a mod and a atomizer using a flavored ejuice with a lower dose of nicotine the flavor is key to my continuing use of vaping and not turn back to cigarettes I will never turn back as long as I know I still have the right to choose vaping and how I choose to vape.


I smoked on and off since I was 15 years old. I tried everything there is to quit.. I would for a while but always returned to cigarettes. Vaping is the only thing that has keep me from smoking -it has saved my life! I found a company that sells a wonderful product that is all natural-they operate by mail only. Stop the mail ban of ecigs! Sincerely, Rev. Amy Shukat

6-10 years


Jennifer Mann
I started smoking cigarettes when i was 16 ive tried to stop , tried everything, i started vaping about 6 years ago, since i am a cancer survivor i get regular check ups including chest xrays all been good, i have more energy im not out of breath i dont have a smokers cough any longer and the best part is i don't smell like a cigarette, less than 6% of under age kids vape stopping vape mail will not stop this , what it will do is force the of afe vapers to go back to cigarettes

6-10 years


Vaping has saved my life. I was a smoker of Marlboro red for 15 years and if it wasnt for my vaping supplies I would be still smoking cigarettes and taking many years off my life. Please dont take away our ability to have a much healthier smoking alternative to cigarettes!

2-5 years


I started smoking cigarettes when i was 14 years old. When i turned 17 i decided it was time i quit smoking, but soon i realised that it was easier said then done. For 5 years, every week i said i was smoking my last cigarette with no prevail. I started vaping when i turned 21 to give it a shot and see if this electrical vapor production would help me get the crave of nicotine with out the thousands of other chemicals that were harming me and filling my longs with tar. Im 23 now; and i havent smoked a cigarette since! Vaping is the best alternative to smoking and will help many others to quit. Smoking is the past, we dont live off a raw tobacco anymore. This is the future; we need to move forward and living a healthier and safer life style with how we choose to get our nicotine. Thank your for your time!

2-5 years


Jeff rahier jr
Started smoking after my wife cheated on me . I looked for something to make me feel better some way and started smoking. I was up to a pack a day by the end of the month. I knew i was addicted. And i did not want to be i tried cold turkey but could not stand it. I started with a disposable and noticed that i did not smoke as much. I eventualy stoped smoking all together and tapperd down from 6% to 3% to now nicotine free. And im glad for it.

1-2 years


Vaping saves lives. I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day for years, and since vaping I haven't picked up a cigarette at all. My health has improved in so many ways, and we as americans have a right to vape and should be allowed to continue vaping.

2-5 years


I was a cigarette smoker for 40Yrs. Vaping helped me quit.Also I use zero nicotine juice. I have been through so much in 5-6 years and vaping is my pacifier.

6-10 years


Craig G
Myself and my wife were both cigarette smokers and me a cigar smoker for more than 25+ yrs. We've both tried to quit a thousand times and failed after a few days, sometimes after just hours. Then we heard about vaping. We researched the pros and cons and once we made our first purchase we made sure the ejuice was American made of high quality ingredients. After about a week my wife completely quit tobacco. Only took me 3 days and I was off cigars. We've upgraded our devices which we buy, with their components that need replaced every so often solely online. We use only fruit and cereal flavored ejuice and over the years have reduced our nicotine content from 26mg (same as cigarette) down to 3mg now. Our ejuice is also bought by USA companies Solely online and shipped by USPS which is the most inexpensive way. Pleas let USPS continue to ship our products.

6-10 years


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