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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
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Trish Raye
I was a smoker of 40 plus years, in Oct 2012 I had a stroke and survived, my Doctor said thats it you need to quit smoking. I enjoyed smoking and really didnt want to quit but I have been given a second chance at life. After the scare of my life I started using a e-cigarette with 30mg liquid nicotine , 7 months later Im down to 20mg of liquid nicotine.I found this company called Vermont Vapor and get my products through them. I switched immediately to the e-ciarette and have not smoked a real cigarette since. Did not use any drugs or gum or counseling...the stroke was my counseling, I want to be here for my sons wedding and grandchildren.I can honestly say I feel 100% better not smoking real cigarettes, I breath better, I do not wheeze anymore and I am now out excersing and walking everyday which I could not do while I smoked.I feel the e-cigarette has given my life back I am about to cut it back to 10mg of nicotine with my next order and plan to be off nicotine by the anniversary of my stroke. I truly believe the e-cigarette has made me smoke free and helping me to extend my life. Trish Raye

05/23/2013

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Theron Roberts, Sand Springs, OK Hyver920@yahoo.com
I had smoked for 9 years untill i started using an e-cigarette. First i used both the e-cig in moderation to cigarettes untill i had decided to stop smoking cigarettes alltogether. I found that after using the e-cig I did not have any cravings to cigarettes at all. Also that my clothes, breath, hair, and car did not stink anymore also. After a month or so I noticed that my blood pressure started going back to normal. (I had pre-hypertension). Also I noticed that i had more stamina and my shortness of breath and coughing was gone.

05/23/2013

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Buff G. (Wallelf) Heathsville, VA
In 2009, I quit drinking (I was a Wineaux), lost 30 pounds, tried to quit smoking, got depressed, doctor prescribed anti-depressants. The depression worsened and I gained 40 pounds; and when I found myself seriously thinking about driving off a bridge, I just said screw it! I weaned off the anti-depressants (with my doctor’s supervision) and bought a pack of smokes. I lost 50! pounds (didn't start drinking again). A few months later, when my mom asked if I felt better because I was smoking again, I said "Yes...so which do you want?" The above is an edited post I made a some time ago on an e-cigarette forum. I was a 2+ pack a day smoker for the last 30 years. I’ve tried numerous times to quit. I’ve tried cold-turkey, the gum, the patches and Zyban (Welbutrin). I was not a candidate for Chantix. The longest I was able to quit was 6 months. Awhile back, I saw an ad for an electronic cigarette. It was along the lines of a Blu and I gave it a try. While it wasn’t ideal, it seemed to satisfy my need for the “ritual” of smoking but more importantly, it satisfied the craving for nicotine. I then moved a brand that allowed me to refill the cartridges with an eliquid of my choice. By this time, I had gone from 2 packs a day to less than 5 cigarettes a day. Within weeks, I switched to a 320 mAh 808 model with a clearomizer. I was then able to give up all but the first two morning cigarettes. At the time, I was using eliquid that contained 80% PG/20% VG with a nicotine level of 1.8%. I bought a bottle of eliquid that contained 2.4% nicotine and used that in the mornings, and was able to give up those morning cigarettes. I now use an eGo-C Twist (900 mAh) and a Vison Spinner (1300 mAh), both variable voltage, with various types of tank systems. I’m still using 80/20 pg/vg and 1.8mg. I still have the little bottle of higher nicotine eliquid, but find I am using it less and less. As of this writing: I have been smoke free for 90 days. I have NOT smoked 4,950 cigarettes. I have NOT PAYED $1, 489.95 to the cigarette companies and the government. I have SAVED $576.74, not to mention, more than likely, my life. My home and my clothes (and my dog, for pete’s sake!) no longer stink of cigarette smoke. I sleep better. My ability to taste and smell has returned. Because I’m breathing better, I have more energy. I have not suffered the crippling depression that occurred while using the patches and the Zyban. I have suffered no ill effects from using an electronic cigarette. Both my doctor and my dentist are on board with this method of nicotine delivery. They both recommend electronic cigarettes to their patients who are currently smokers. This is a system I think I can live with. If the government/regulators ban electronic cigarettes, I’m afraid I will go back to"real" cigarettes; and that is something I really do not want to happen.

05/23/2013

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Mona Hollums (MonaLisa65) from West Haven, CT.
I smoked my first cigarette when I was 8. After I started working at 16, it wasn't long before I was smoking 1.5 packs per day, a rate I was to maintain with only the most minor fluctuations for the next 31+ years. Then, at 47, while picking up a pack of my regular brand, I noticed the display of disposable ecigs on the counter, and bought one on a whim. I wasn't looking for an alternative to cigarettes (I still bought my regular brand that night, too), I just wanted to try it. I didn't know it at the time, but that pack would be one of the last I'd ever buy. A week later, I'd purchased the rechargeable version of that ecig, and when that finally wore out, I upgraded to a refillable 'personal vaporizer', so I could sample the dozens (hundreds?) of flavors available, customized with the amount of nicotine I wanted to be using. (I've cut my original nicotine strength used by 25% in the past 6 months, my next bottles of 'ejuice' will be an additional 25% weaker. By mixing the two in gradually differing proportions, the transition to lowered-nicotine usage is completely unnoticable. I started using ecigs in the first week of November, 2012. I smoked my last cigarette on November 15th, 2012. I don't miss them At. All. I breathe SO much easier now, I no longer get post-nasal drip if I lay on my back, my senses of taste and smell are so vastly better than they were that even long-time favorite foods taste novel. My car, hair and clothes don't stink of stale smoke anymore... and as the icing on an already VERY tasty cake, I've saved a lot of money! It's been 190 days or so, I would have smoked about 2,840+ cigarettes and spent over $1066.00. Instead, including equipment and everything I've used so far, plus enough ejuice to last me at least two more months, I've spent about $350. I wasn't looking to quit smoking, but I did anyway. Painlessly.

05/23/2013

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Joe Coulter
Smoked for nearly 38 years. Tried cold turkey, tried patches, tried gum. Never lasted more than a couple days. I got me an ecic setup and by 3rd day stopped smoking. Been 35 days and not one desire to start back up. Sleeping and eating better. Not sweating as much and my attitude is improved. Can do things with out losing breath already. My wife who has asthma says because of no second hand smoke she is better also! Best thing I have done!

05/23/2013

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jfalbanese
1.41 year 3 PAD smoker. white male 53 yrs old. 2 for this successful attempt i have been tobacco free for 96 days as of 5/21/13. quit day 02/15/13. used e-cig with 36 MG juice to stop.from 3 PAD to 0 in 1.5 weeks. 3 i use a Vamo variable voltage mod, with rebuild able dripping atty(currently). in the time i have stopped i have successfully detoxed from 16 MG juice to 0 MG juice for 1 month, as an experiment to see what the withdrawal would be without the tobacco addiction in the equation. i was able to do this without negative effects. as opposed to the countless other failed attempts to stop smoking. i plan to vape for a full year b4 putting the PV down for good. now that there is no fear from nicotine withdrawal i am vaping 36 MG juice again, as the nicotine helps with focus issues. i work a high stress job and the nicotine helps with coping. 4.absolutely no tobacco since quit date. 5 as stated above 1.5 weeks from 3PAD to 0 6 suicide pills, patches, gum- none of them worked for more than a few weeks. 7 obviously the health benefits from not smoking speak for themselves. the only negative- the absolute silence from the gov't, and media to deny the success of these electronic miracles, and on top of that spread outright lies about the benefits of these products

05/23/2013

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Mike Morgan Laguna Niguel Ca
I started smoking cigarettes when I was 16 years old, probably of course to look cool, and I became a pack + a day smoker for the next 21 years. Approximately 4.5 years ago my wife became pregnant and it was our plan to both quit smoking. I tried various ways of quitting, from smokeless tobacco (dip)which we both found disgusting; moved to patches which made me nauseous and sick feeling all the time; from there I tried "Chantix" the idea of being able to smoke the first week is great and helped, I ended up not smoking for about 2 months while I was taking the Chantix. Chantix is a heavy duty DRUG and really messed with my brain. I was basically turned into a ZOMBIE, I did not care about anything (Work, my Pregnant wife, family). Those DRUGS helped with not smoking, but the mental effect was definitely a negative. Once I stopped taking the Chantix I began smoking again. Although my wife was glad to have ME (not the zombie) back, I was also smoking again. She on the other hand has a strong will and quit smoking the day she found out she was pregnant. So once my Son was born I had to hide my habit of smoking cigarettes. A couple years pass by, then my Son began asking questions on why I am always going outside, and why he can't come with me. This got me thinking again that I need to quit smoking. Again I tried patches, gum, and whatever other OTC aids I could get, to no avail. Then a few weeks later I was at work and I had a delivery come to my yard. The delivery driver had an e-cig (eGo C Twist) hanging around his neck, and began puffing on it. I asked him how it works for him, he said he hadn't smoked a cig since he began vaping. So that weekend, Sunday I went to my local E-Cig retailer, picked myself up an eGo C Twist, a tank and a bottle of Juice. I smoked a Cigarette or two Sunday evening while also puffing on my E-cig. Monday morning on my way to work I lit up a cigarette, got about half way through it, flicked it out the window and haven't lit up another since. Since that Monday morning, 73 days 8 hours ago, I have been "Smoke" free. I had never thought that I would be able to quit smoking that easily, but vaping has REALLY WORKED! I started using the 24 mg Nicotine E-liquid for the first 3 weeks, dropped down to the 18 mg for the next few weeks, now the last 2 weeks or so I have been vaping the 12 mg. I will keep dropping my Nicotine dosage until I am at 0 mg. At this point I have avoided 1467 analog cigarettes figuring a pack a day, I look back at that and realize how gross that is. I try to picture a pile of 1467 cig butts and want to hurl. I have tried multiple ways, and multiple attempts to quit smoking cigarettes throughout my 20+ years of smoking, and I have finally found a way with E-Cigs. I have gotten 2 of my coworkers onboard with vaping, and have both not smoked cigarettes since. This WORKS, this HELPS, this provides a vehicle to keep hands busy as well as the oral fixation that smokers crave. So speaking as an EX-SMOKER, I will never smoke another cigarette. I will have a better relationship with my son, when I go outside he will come with me. When we play, I won't be out of breath 2 minutes into it. I come home and can give my son a hug before having to take a shower, change clothes, and brush teeth. I am a true believer that E-Cigs have changed and ultimately SAVED my Life. Mike Morgan Laguna Niguel, Ca.

05/23/2013

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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

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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

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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

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