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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.

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  • 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
54
L. Scarbro (aka Morgana268) from Knoxville, TN
I began smoking my freshman year of high school, at the age of 15. Admittedly, it was not the best choice I could have made, and it is one that I have regretted but have tried, fruitlessly, to quit many times. I was successful in quitting during 3 pregnancies, cold turkey, for the duration of those pregnancies, but always picked up again once it was over and some bout of stress came about that I just could not find a way to function through otherwise. I have been saying for the past 6 years or so that I should quit, as each change of season always brings with it a horrible cold, sinus, or other respiratory problem/illness. I've never fully enjoyed the smell or the taste, but giving up the crutch was just too overpowering. I've seen the commercials for pharmaceutical ways of quitting... patches, gum, pills, but patches were too expensive, gum never worked (and who wants to eat gum that tastes like oranges with black pepper?) and pills, when they come with side effects that are worse than the problem is, my thought was that I'd rather take my chances. Then, on April 1st, I was handed a Fifty-One Trio e-cig, because my mother had purchased it and it put her into an immediate coughing fit (for reasons we still don't know). I was hooked. I had a lit cigarette in hand when she gave it to me and passed the cigarette off to her. I ran through the provided cartridges in just a few short days and had to fall back on regular cigarettes for an evening. Some friends "rescued" me, giving me some e-juice to refill my cartridges with. I honestly TRIED another cigarette one other time since then, about a week and a half ago, and it was so horrible to me that I could only take one drag off of it. The taste was so bad, I will never touch another one. I now use an Ego 900mah battery and refill dual-coil cartomizers, my preferred blend being 65/35 PG/VG in 36mg nicotine. I started with a much lower nicotine amount, but found myself constantly vaping. I eventually plan to "wean" myself down to a more manageable level, if not going to a zero-nicotine liquid. I enjoy the flavors most of all, not being bound to one particular flavor. Healthwise, and in relation to the flavors, I do have some blood sugar issues, and cannot always cater to my cravings for sweets. The flavored liquids gives me a chance to sate those cravings without throwing my blood sugar into a frenzy. Within the first week of making the switch, I noticed a drastic change in how everything tastes... subtle spices in foods were, for the first time in 20 years, noticeable. I have spent the better part of the last two years alone, coughing or clearing my throat very frequently. I know that this is a result of the smoking, because just in the first two days of using the e-cig, the coughing disappeared and I haven't had to clear my throat except for a few times when my allergies have kicked in and created a problem. I'm waiting to see how the next few seasons go, as the switch into fall, and the switch into winter always wreak havoc on me healthwise, but I am positive there will be a noticeable difference. This has been the absolute best thing I could have done for myself. I feel better, I can taste things much better, and it has changed my quality of life completely!

05/23/2013

53
Phil, Irving, TX
I smoked from the age of 15 until the age of 43. I had tried to quit a few times, particularly in more recent years (as I began to truly appreciate mortality), to no lasting success. I had tried Welbutrin and gum, with zero success, and (very) mild & fleeting success with the “cold turkey” method, which is really overstated, as I only “quit” for six days with that method. I did not like the gum at all, the flavor was horrible to me, as was the temporary nicotine rush. I was not interested in trying the patch, as it didn't provide any psychological component to me (no chewing or hand-to-mouth action, etc.). The Welbutrin made me very hazy, and I had to stop that quickly. During the time I had attempted to quit cold turkey, I was definitely irritated, even after the three days they say it takes to get over the nicotine withdrawal. I struggled very hard, and could not focus, and could only think about how much I missed smoking, and having something to do with my hands. So I gave up, and decided that I would just always be a smoker and probably die a horrible death (which was not comforting, but getting my cigarettes back helped me get re-focused and relaxed, nonetheless). Then during June of 2011, I was attending a high school reunion, and stepped outside for a smoke. There, I noticed the spouse of a former schoolmate using an electronic cigarette. I had heard of these somewhere, but never paid serious attention to it (seemed like a gimmick and/or a fad). I was curious watching him though, so I struck up a conversation and learned all about it. He advised me to check out the ECF forum (www.e-cigarette-forum.com) if I had any interest after that night. I didn't think about that moment any more until early August (2011), and for some reason, the concept popped into my mind again. I decided to find that website, which I did, and learn more about it. After much reading, I decided to forego the “looks like a cigarette” style, and opted for the GoGo (a 1300mAh battery, cylindrical, and slightly larger than an average cigar), as it had great battery life reported. I had no intentions of quitting smoking though because of my historical failures at trying, I just thought it might be fun to try and maybe use off and on. My intention was to try it and see what happens with no self-pressure to quit or change current habits. I received my kit at my office when I returned from lunch about 1:30pm on August 10, 2011. That was the last time I smoked a cigarette. Upon trying the kit, which came pre-charged, with pre-loaded e-liquid cartomizers, I was amazed and impressed. Not quite the burned leaf flavor of cigarettes, but close enough, and completely covered the hand-to-mouth and nicotine components that I loved from smoking! I sincerely believe, that for me, the lack of pressure and expectations on myself to quit with this device helped with the success in switching completely, along with the amazing performance of the kit I initially purchased. I have since graduated to some other devices, and using refillable cartomizers and bottles of liquid, and still loving this delivery method for nicotine (although I still have some of my original units in rotation). I started out at 24mg/ml of nicotine, and now use 10-12mg/ml of nicotine. I love all of the flavors, as I also try to avoid sugar, and the flavors also help with sweets cravings! I have one tobacco flavor I use on occasion, and the rest are desserts and sweets or savory food-related flavors. To be honest, I truly feel that the multitude of flavor variations helped to capture my interest away from smoking and 100 percent to vaping. I do not currently have any plans to quit using an electronic cigarette – I enjoy it too much right now, and know in my heart that I've gotten rid of the most dangerous aspect of the habit – the burning tobacco. I have learned from many studies that the tobacco-specific nitrosamines are on a level equal to or lower than the approved NRT therapy aids (patch, gum, etc.), so I know that this option is orders of magnitude less harm than smoking tobacco. I know it's better because I breathe better, I can taste and smell normally again, I feel better, I have more energy and my car, house, and clothes no longer smell like an ashtray! Plus with several studies now showing there is nothing in the second-hand vapor that in any amount that is detrimental to others, I no longer feel guilty about vaping anywhere that it's allowed. Today, I am part of the world's largest online community of vapers, and the progress and improvements in e-cigarette design and e-liquid consistency and flavor choice I see is amazing, and is what keeps me away from combustible cigarettes, and is growing exponentially. Getting support from so many vapers online who feel similarly about the choices and flavors (most my age or older) really helps to reinforce my belief in this amazing concept. My health is better, and my wallet is better due to electronic cigarettes and being able to give up those nasty cigarettes. I am proud to be a vaper, and my non-smoking, anti-smoking parents are proud of me as well.

05/23/2013

52
Ken Antos, Shelbyville, Kentucky
I was a smoker for forty seven years. I have attempted to quit cigarettes using FDA approved nicotine gums, and prescription drugs numerous times without success. Then I found the electronic cigarette! I have not smoked a regular cigarette in over 12 months. They have been a true Life Saver! I feel better, smell better, breathe better, work better and of course, Happier.

05/23/2013

51
springHillpapa Spting Hill FL 34609
I started trying to quit cigarettes over 10 years ago. When I turned 40 I realized that cigarettes were going to kill me. I tried the nicotine patch first. I used 21 mg patches. after a day at work off came the patch and I smoked. Just not that good. I gave up and a year later I started the new herbal quit smoking product I remember it was expensive and didnt work at all. Next up in the quitting circle was hypnosis. What a joke. I was smoking as soon as I left the session. So off to the doctor, he gave me wellbutrin and said use patches with that. It worked for a while. I think I was good (off cigarettes) for about 90 days. But, it impacted my quality of life. I was so drugged up I had no emotions and no feelings. I stopped the wellbutrin and cigarettes were back. I smoked for a while this time. Probably 2 years. Then I was diagnosed with high Blood pressure. I knew I had to quit. Back on patches, same results as above,I tried SNUS (Yuck they were like sucking a wet sock) I tried gum, also nasty. then I heard about chantix. It was anew product at the time. I had my doctor prescribe it, it was expensive. It was nasty, it made me over emotional, angry and impotent. But, I actually quit smoking for a year. It was hell though I think it was worse than smoking as far as I was concerned anyway. Then I was smoking again. More chantix (ya know it really only works well once) More patches, more gum, more patches and on and on and on. Finally, a friend of mine said "Hey, try vaping...." He explained to me how it worked, where to get a starter kit and how it all worked. I ordered 2 kits one for me and one for my wife figuring heck it cant hurt I tried everything else. My wife and I have been vaping for about 3 months now with NO CIGARETTES NO desire for one and no problems with nictine withdrawal or the hand to mouth smoking thing that gets alot of people. Vaping is the only thing I found that actually got me off cigarettes without ANY nasty side effects or issues. MY wife and I smoked for nearly 25 years. We have not bought or smoked a cigarette in 3 months. I find this amazing! MY wind is coming back, my sense of smell is back.It is all good. Vaping is the best maybe the only way to quit or reduce smoking. My sister in law has been smoking for 20 years and was desperate to quit. I bought her a vape starter kit a week ago. She is now smoking 4 cigarettes a day rather than a pack a day. I am confident she will stop cigarettes altogether in another week. THANKS E CIGS VAPING and the ECIG Forum

05/23/2013

50
Jeremy Minter
Hi. I smoked for 23 years. I was up to 2 packs a day. I tried a number of thing to stop smoking. I tried the Patch, Chantix, and Gum. I was only able to quit after trying an Electronic Cigarette. I was able to quit the same day that I started using the Ecig. It has been great. I love it. I could taste food again. I can smell so many other things better. I breath so much better. I have yet to find any negatives. I guess the only negative would be the constant worry that ecigs will be banned or limited on flavors by our government. I have had a number 5 friends that have quit after i showed them how well it worked. Its been 2.5 years of no smoking with no feeling of wanted a regular cigarette. I hope this info will convince others to try ecigs out. I also hope that our government looks at stories like mine and will leave Ecigs alone. I am sure that this has prolonged my life and made it better. Thanks for your time, Jeremy

05/23/2013

49
Carl Sikes
I smoked Marlboro Reds for about 40 years. After my brother died of lung cancer at age 59, I tried to quit using nicotine patches and also tried using a couple of different medications prescribed by my doctor. For me these were a waste of time and money, Finally in August of 2011, after trying a couple of the inferior electronic cigarettes, I found Green Smoke electronic cigarettes. This product is great and I have not had a traditional cigarette since August 11th, 2011. That was the day that I received my first Starter Kit from Green Smoke. After finding Green Smoke I decided to start an electronic cigarette review website (usa-ecigs.com) to honor my brother and to feature only the best electronic cigarettes I could find. Hopefully I can help people avoid trying the inferior electronic cigarettes and then going back to traditional cigarettes. If I could quit after about 40 years of smoking, I know that anyone out there can do the same. I hope this story inspires the people that are still smoking to give electronic cigarettes a try and if they tried an inferior electronic cigarette, to go to usa-ecigs.com and read the reviews to find a good one.

05/23/2013

48
Sonny Collie
I am a professional musician. I smoked heavily for over 30 years, heedlessly at first and then with growing concern about it as respiratory and other harms began to manifest themselves. I tried to quit many times, both cold turkey and by using patches, gums, lozenges and the prescription drug Bupropion, all without success despite tremendous effort and struggle with the miserable side effects of smoking cessation. Electronic cigarettes ("vaping") helped me achieve what no other strategy could. Because vaping provides an analog for the entire spectrum of smoking behaviors and sensory effects, the transition away from cigarettes was finally achievable for me. It was possible to immediately go from heavy smoking to only a few cigarettes a day without difficulty or stress. The health benefits -- increased lung capacity and function and more energy among them -- were apparent within 24 hours and have only increased with time. The exploration of the different designs of e-cigarette products and the wide-open field of flavorings, while time consuming and somewhat costly, provided a critical function for any quitter of cigarettes: an engaging *distraction* from the compulsive behaviors associated with smoking. The same can be said for the social connectedness, communication and support of the wonderful vaping community, something making great use of, and ideally suited to, the Internet and social media. The ultimate result, for me and millions of others, has been freedom from the terrible fate of becoming aging and deteriorating cigarette smokers. I stand by vaping as a most positive force for public health and wellness. It is a life changer.

05/23/2013

47
Patricia Salzer, Ronkonkoma, NY
I smoked for about 48 years, I believe, having started at about age 15. I smoked at least a pack a day most days. Of course, I knew I should quit. I tried cold turkey a number of times. That never worked for long. I tried Nicorette gum, and that did a good job with the craving for nicotine, but it seemed that the urge to smoke was something more than just a dependency on nicotine and the gum didn't address the urge to smoke very well at all. I was reluctant to try the patch because I was afraid I'd smoke while using it and that was dangerous, or so I'd heard. Chantix came along recently, but watching the side effects others had with it, I just did not want to try that. I started noticing electronic cigarettes in stores and was kind of interested in them. In February of this year I went ahead and bought one. From the first puff I thought that this could be an adequate replacement for cigarettes. I had about three cartons of cigarettes at home, and had every intention of finishing them, switching off with the electronic cigarette until they were gone. That didn't happen. By the second week I was only smoking about half of the real cigarette before it started tasting terrible. The very last time I lit up a regular cigarette I took two drags and then spent much of the rest of the day trying to get the horrible taste out of my mouth. That was February 20, 2013. Now it's the end of May and I haven't had or wanted a cigarette since. In that time, my blood pressure has gone down over 20 points. My breathing is much, much better and I don't wake up with a cough anymore. I've switched from disposable cigarettes to the much more enjoyable intermediate type,such as the Ego and similar. When I started, I chose a nicotine level of 24mg/ml and now am down to 12mg/ml. I plan to go down to zero, primarily because of my tendency to high blood pressure. I'll be doing it very gradually. Oh, and I lost some weight! People tend to gain weight when they give up cigarettes, but the ability to vape sweet flavors has satisfied my after dinner sweet tooth, which has been my diet downfall forever. Health is the most important factor, but I do enjoy knowing that I don't smell bad to non-smokers any longer, I'm not polluting the atmosphere, even outoors, there are no cigarette butts to contend with and I don't have to worry about starting a fire. All in all, I can only say that electronic cigarettes are the first and only thing that have helped me to walk away from tobacco cigarettes and in addition have enhanced my life in a number of ways.

05/23/2013

46
Robert Corsell (Tattbob) from Tampa, Florida
I had been a smoker for 36 years. I had tried several times to quit(cold turkey and the patch)unsucessfully. On October 24, 2011 I picked up an e cig and never looked back. It's hard to believe I went from 2.5 packs a day to nothing overnight but that is what happened. I have been able to lose 35 lbs and have been taken off of my blood pressure medicine.Thank god for e cigs they saved my life

05/23/2013

45
Terry O. Eunice La.
First cigarette at age 15 or 16. Smoked till age 56. Introduced to e cigs by my brother (2012), who showed me how to use them. Immediately took to it. Lowered my pack and 1/4 daily habit to just 1 or 2 during the day. After a few months, I was down to 1 cigarette a week. Then I realized I could just QUIT altogether. And it was past time! I had yearly bouts with colds, sinus and bronchitis. Energy level was down... Thought regularly about cancer!! Doctor had been pushing for me to quit. Bonus is having my son and daughter-in-law give up cigarettes too and begin using e cigs. They are young enough for the body to recoup most of the damage done by cigarettes. YEAH! If it hadn't been for someone showing me the ropes, I would not have made the milestone - cigarette FREE for 5 months now! I just came up on a year of using the electronic cigarette and am enjoying it more than ever. My nicotine level is at 6-12, down from the early 18 level(e liquid). I only buy made in the USA e liquids and found a lot of the products make me wheeze. Research, and trial and error have led me to 2 reputable companies who sell quality e liquid. I can not stress enough, how many people would love to use an e cig, but like me, have no idea where to begin. Education is important. Hopefully, I have added years to my life. P.S. Cigarettes are so addictive. I still keep a pack of smokes, in the house, just to know I can and do have them. They are unopened. Telling myself it is an option, has kept me smoke free.

05/23/2013

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