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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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Latest Testimonials

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# Name Testimonial Experience Date
13694
Mathew
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

12/29/2020

13693
Laura
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

12/23/2020

13692
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

12/23/2020

13691
Cyclonepride
I smoked from age 16 to age 46. I had almost given up on the idea of quitting after many failed attempts. I started vaping and immediately cut down from 30 cigarettes a day to about 10. I was finally able to quit smoking cigarettes in December of 2016, and haven't had one since. Once I got my mind around the mental barrier, it was really easy with vaping. In the time since, I've been able to reduce my nicotine levels from 20 mg to 3 mg. Hoping to take the final step to 0 nicotine soon. I'm absolutely convinced that anti-vaping legislation will lead to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of unnecessary smoking deaths.

6-10 years

12/23/2020

13690
Vape Mom
I smoked 1- 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes a day. One day my then 12 yr old son came to me and asked me to quit smoking. It was he who suggested I try vaping. The next day I bought my first vape device and I have been vaping since. 8 yrs ago I was vaping 12 mg of nicotine. For the last year I have been vaping at a 3 mg nicotine level and I am starting to drop down below that. Since that first day that I started vaping, I HAVE NOT PUT A CIGARETTE in my mouth. My sense of taste, smell got better, my energy improved too!! Please don't take this away from me. I worked at a vape shop and I helped many people get started vaping and stop smoking. THAT IS A BIG DEAL!! We are better off vaping than smoking. There is no nasty odor on our clothes or our breath anymore, your teeth get brighter. Quality of life DOES GET SO MUCH BETTER. PLEASE LET US CONTINUE TO GET OUR PRODUCTS. If you take that away so many people WILL start smoking again and they will die an early death OR worse! People will vape and smoke and that is so much worse on your lungs than either one. Vaping is helping people get healthier. Please hear us!!

6-10 years

12/21/2020

13689
Michael
I was a smoker sense the age of 14. I was 35 before I was able to quit. I had tried everything to stop, before trying vaping. I used to get bronchitis every year from smoking. I used to wease at night. The British Health Minstery, says vaping is 95% safer than smoked cigarettes. Get off this greedy bullshit! Your losing money because of vaping. Not getting your return on your bonds sold based on cigarettes sold. This is all about money. Teens will just have their God damn friends of age buy their stuff. That's what I did!

1-2 years

12/12/2020

13688
Matt
My name is Matt, I own **** **** Vape Shops in PA. I first got sober off drugs, then found vaping. Fell in love with the industry and quit smoking deadly cigarettes as well. I smoked for almost 30 years, trying to quit many times, failed. The ONLY method that helped me and ultimately had me quit, was vaping. Vaping not only saved my life from deadly cigarettes, but I was able to open so far, two vape shops in my area, helping others now quit smoking as well. Save our industry, lives depend on it! Vape On and Lean Back!!

2-5 years

12/12/2020

13687
Diane
Vaping helped me to quit cigarettes and that was 7 years ago. I always enjoyed smoking and I love Vaping...I do not have the awful cigarette cough I had with cigarettes, my house no longer smells of smoke, my clothes stay fresh and I fell 100% better than when on cigarettes. I am really tired of the people trying to keep me from buying my products and shipping them to me. This is totally wrong. I am an adult of 74 years and should not have to worry about my purchases for Vape Supplies being stopped. Please STOP trying to take over what people buy and ban the government from stopping shipping via USPS.

6-10 years

12/11/2020

13686
Katie
2020 I am an over 50-year-old Michigan woman who started smoking cigarettes in 1985. By 1987, I was a 2 pack a day smoker. In 1998 , at the age of 30, I had a subdermal hemorrhagic stroke in my carotid artery within my brain. A single mother at the time, my sons were four years old and not yet two years old and I was home alone with them the morning of September 18, 1998 when I collapsed in the bathroom of my home. My ex-husband found me and dialed 911, and my neighbor, an EMT, heard the call on his radio, and ran over to start CPR on me until the ambulance arrived. After a 10-hour surgery to repair the bleed, I was put in an induced coma, and my parents were told that if I lived 6 days, I would probably awaken unable to speak, and severely disabled- and to start making arrangements for not only my care, but for the care of my children, too. Once released, on October 16, 1998, it was six hours before I lit up again. I had bronchitis every fall and winter, which developed into pneumonia in the winter of 2004, late summer 2008, summer 2009, and fall of 2010. April 14, 2011, my elder son took me to a vape shop and I purchased my first vaping supplies and was able to stop tobacco for good! I had tried every earlier method available to stop cigarettes, oral medications, gum, lozenges, patches, counseling and hypnosis and failed. None of them worked for more than a day. I smoked cigarettes for 26 years!! I no longer use cigarettes, and walk away when someone lights up, because I find the smell revolting. I remember being in ICU after my surgery when a smoker friend came to visit, and I remember thinking, “She smells SO good!” In October 2018, just after his 47th birthday, my younger brother – who mocked my vaping – but could/would not quit his Camel Lights - had open-heart, quadruple bypass surgery. Because of this family connection, they did a stress test on me in the spring of 2019 when I was 51 years old. Even with my paralysis from my stroke I preformed remarkably well, and no heart damage was found in my heart. This after stopping tobacco only 8 years! I have been diligent with my flu shots, and not had influenza since Spring 1995, no bronchitis nor pneumonia since I started vaping. For well over two years, I have been ordering my supplies online, from a small local vape shop owned by a former classmate. If order them at night, say, on a Monday, the order is filled and mailed on Tuesday, and in my mailbox on Wednesday. This has helped me immensely, even before the Covid-19 Pandemic because my driving is impaired at times by BPPV, an occasional, but debilitating form of vertigo. This also helps me feel that I am doing my bit to keep the USPS going as well as a local small business! Thank you for reading, and please help stop the anti-vape mail language from S.1253 from being included in the federal budget bill.

6-10 years

12/11/2020

13685
Don
I struggled to quit smoking for many years using various NRTs. I quit smoking for good the first day of using an electronic cigarette. Even if big tobacco and the government are successful in eliminating the vaping industry I know that I will never smoke another cigarette. I OWE MY LIFE TO VAPING.

6-10 years

12/03/2020

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