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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
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Debbie Guardino (pageanmoon) Chicopee MA
I began smoking when I was 13 years old. I am now 48 and have been using an electronic cigarette since March of 2011. I have not smoked tobacco since May of that year. I have spent thousands of dollars on pharmaceutical products to quit smoking but none of them ever worked long term and I always returned to smoking. Due to other health issues my doctor's would not even consider prescribing Chantix to me. Since I began using these devices, my husband has not suffered from a single sinus infection. He experienced severe sinus infections throughout his life, having lived with and been around smokers, and it was only when I stopped smoking tobacco that we realized that not only had my health improved, but his did also. I freely use these devices in my home and vehicles without causing him any discomfort or sinus issues. My health has also improved, I have more energy, am more active and no longer wake up coughing and wheezing.

05/02/2013

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Kimberly Biggs from Rockford, IL
I started smoking when I was almost 19 years old, it was just something that I wanted to do because I could. I started getting a smoker's cough around the age of 22, however I never attempted to stop smoking. Over the years, I moved from smoking a pack a day to just about two packs a day by the time I decided to quit. At 37 years old, on September 13, 2012, I smoked my last cigarette at 7 pm. I never tried to stop smoking in the 17 1/2 years that I smoked. I realized that if I did not stop before I hit 40 years old, I would not live to see 60. Most of my relatives who smoked were considered lucky if they lived into their 60's. My mother had been using an e-cigarette for about 2 years so I decided to try one as well. The fact is, I loved to smoke. I loved the hand to mouth action, the inhaling and the exhaling of the smoke, the feel of the smoke in my lungs. I knew that my only shot at quitting smoking was to find something that would help me with all of the above listed aspects of smoking along with the nicotine addiction; e-cigarettes were the perfect answer. I still miss smoking every day, but knowing I have my e-cigarettes makes it so much easier to not light a cigarette up. I was never a dual user, when I switched to e-cigarettes, I stopped smoking completely. My hacking smoker's cough stopped completely a month after I started using an e-cigarette, it has never returned. I can breath better and deeper, exercise without any problems and I can now actually smell the fresh cut grass and the trees when I step outside. I started using my e-cigarettes with 24 mg nicotine juices, I am still using that mg; during stressful times, I will occasionally use 36 mg to help stop my cravings for an actual cigarette. I have no intention of lowering my nicotine at this time, it is what I need right now to ensure that I do not go back to smoking. I initially started with a pen style e-cigarette, but that did not last long. The pen style device did not help with cravings since it wasn't powerful enough to deliver the feel of vapor going into my lungs, the inhale/exhale process that I love. I quickly moved to larger mod batteries such as the Vamo and Innokin iTaste SVD, as well as using refillable tanks like the Protank and the Kanger T3. These new devices allow me to feel the vapor as I take it in, and to see more vapor coming out as I exhale; they fully replace that part of smoking that I loved and keep me from going back to it. I love my smoke-free life! Yes, it is a struggle every day not to smoke, but e-cigarettes have helped to sooth that struggle. I am able to keep the aspects of smoking that I loved, while utilizing a much safer and harm reducing product; I can honestly say that without e-cigarettes in my life, I would still be smoking.

05/02/2013

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Amanda Campbell
I started smoking at age 16, at the time of coarse minors were not supose to be able to purchase cigarettes but i had a pack a day starting at age 16 of full flavor marlboro. Im 34 years old now. At age 32 after trying to quit cold turkey of smoking i finally went to a pulmonologist because i was having trouble breathing. I had developed asthma and COPD at age 34 after being around two parents second hand smoke my whole life and smoking myself for 16 years. My Doctor said i had to quit or my breathing would get worse. I tried his way , with a specialist to help me quit smoking. Took home some litrature and a prescription for welbutrin. After two weeks of smoking sessation program I was still smoking and couldnt put the cigarettes down. Then i googles electronic cigarettes one day as a final measure to save my life. My mother had died of lung Cancer at age 63 from smoking since she was 16 smoked two packs a day of winstons. I realized i was not too far from age 63 and with two kids and a husband i had to quit smoking somehow. I ordered my first electronic cigarette. I put alot of faith in making this work as i did with the prescription. Three days into using an electronic cigarette i was no longer smoking with it. After a week i had completely stoped smoking and buying cigarettes. After two weeks the changes started happening in my life after being smoke free for only two weeks. For two weeks i coughed up some really horrible phlegm, I was not liking the change of coughing so much stuff up, almost went back to smoking to make it stop. Instead i kept with it and did alot of research. It was on the 18th Day that i woke up in tears of joy! It was the first morning in 16 yrs that i woke up and didnt go into a coughing fit and bronical spasm from smoking. I sat up took a deep breath in and out. And i started to cry. I cried because i forgot what it was like to wake up normal without coughing and gasping for my breath. Thirty days after i quit smoking i went back to my pulmonologist. I had another breathing test done. The results as he said and showed were 99% improvement in lung function. I know longer was using spiriva inhaler or my rescue inhaler daily. I used only the rescue inhaler if necessary. The doctor asked me how I quit smoking. I told him i bought an electronic cigarette. I explained to him what was in it, He wrote in my chart continue use of electronic cigarette. He said just keep doing it, because the diffrence is amazing. I have now been smoke free for two and half years using electronic cigarettes. My husband started 30 days after i quit and he is also now two years smoke free. We both continue the use of electronic cigarettes as our nicotine replacement and as long as it keeps us from the dangerous chemicals and carcinogens with real cigarettes we are happy and healthier for it. I really do believe with evidence in doctors reports that tobacco harm reduction product such as an electronic cigarette has given more time on this earth with my family. Im very greatful for finding Electronic Cigarettes it saved my life. The only down side of electronic cigarettes is , there is less nicotine in them than regular cigarettes and i have gained weight in the two years i quit smoking as most former smokers do. Mainly because food taste so much better now, and my senses of smell and taste buds after quting smoking have come back to me...

05/02/2013

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ed west/castello, cupertino, ca
I smoked for over 35 years. I started vaping 1 and a half years ago. I started with regular cigarette sized e-cigs for about 2 weeks and moved on to larger batteries with atomizer tanks. I have not smoked cigarettes in almost a year. Previously I had tried the nicotine gum and patches with no success. I breath better and no longer have a smokers cough.

05/02/2013

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Thad Marney (DevilsThadvocate)
Raised in a traditional Christian home, I first tried a cigarette when I was about 18 years old in rebellion against a friend who would not keep her promise to stop smoking. It wasn’t until several years later when I got my first job as a Technical Support Analyst that the occasional cigarette with a coworker grew into an expensive habit that I immediately wanted to quit. I tried to quit cold turkey, and then I tried using a nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, and even hypnotherapy. Each time I would have some success, but eventually life’s stressors or my own stubborn ADHD brain would bring me back to cigarettes over the next 15 years until I discovered an invention called “electronic cigarettes…” I was immediately fascinated by the gadgets when I first saw them in Clackamas Town Center shopping mall, and threw several hundred dollars for “starter kits” for myself and some friends. Unfortunately, some of the parts were lost within a few days so it mostly sat on a shelf for about a year until one day my (then 7-year old) daughter objected as I was stepping outside for a cigarette, and said “Daddy, isn’t that ‘pretend cigarette’ better for you? You should use that instead.” Inspired by her pure intentions and desire to keep her daddy alive and healthy, I began researching electronic cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction. Within a few days after finding a better model and trying some different flavors and strengths, I found that I could customize “vaping” into an experience that I enjoyed as much if not more than smoking. I wasn’t planning or expecting to quit smoking but was happy to drop to just one or fewer cigarettes a day, but eventually my senses of taste and smell improved and I lost interest in smoking. One day it occurred to me that I couldn’t remember when I’d last had or wanted a cigarette. I stopped smoking the same way I started: As an unintended consequence of spending time with techies! In order to have a calendar date to point to, I intentionally smoked one cigarette on New Years’ Eve, Dec 31, 2009 and I haven’t had a cigarette since.

05/02/2013

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