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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.

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
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.


Jason Hagan from Greer SC
I smoked for 20 years and thought I would never be able to quit. A friend turned me on to the electronic cigarette and I quit in 4 days!! It worked so well that I felt that I need to help others quit and started my own brick and mortar company in Greer SC called Vapor Room Café. I get so more pleasure out of seeing someone else try it, buy it and put down cigarettes. It is a great feeling to help someone that feels as helpless as I did about quitting tobacco cigarettes. Thanks for leeting me tell my story. Keep up the great work CASSA!! Thanks, Jason Hagan Owner Vapor Room Café


Janet Lane
i was a 22 year 2 pack a day smoker. i am 38 years old and have been a full time smoker since 16 years old. My father died of congestive heart failure at age 50 in 1998. i began trying to quit smoking then, unsuccessfully, by going cold turkey. when i gave up on trying to qquit i found i was smoking more than before. in 2005 i rededicated myself to quitting. i tried the patch, i did get down to 4 cigarettes a day, but as soon as i took off my last patch i went right back to smoking even more than before. my doctor then prescribed chantix for me, after 3 months of being on that and never even slowing down how much i smoked i gave that up, too. i finally resigned myself to the fact that i was a smoker, never going to quit. untill 3 weeks ago, my husband's cousin showed me his personal vaporizer. i tried it, went and bought my own and have not had a cigarette since. i am now a former smoker. that is something i never believed i would be able to say.


I smoked for 20 yrs I chose to use a e-cig 6 months ago i use a ego twist with tank. At first i started with 24mg nic and am now using 6mg the change from smoking to vaping has been amazing for both me and my wife and several friends. I can breath better no short windedness i have alot more energy i've wanted to quit for years but i failed every time. I find it disgusting what the gov allows tobacco companies to do to make cigs soo addictive!


My background is that I was a long time smoker, 35+ years, and smoking two packs a day on average. Heavily addicted to nicotine, I never found a form of it that I didn't like and was sure that I would never be able to give up smoking. I had thought about quitting many times due to the fact that my father had died of lung cancer from smoking, at the age of 64. I first learned of tobacco alternatives such as Swedish snus and Ecigs in 2010 while surfing the net. I started by ordering snus and while using it I was able to cut down to about two cigarettes a day. A short while later I obtained my first Ecig and then completely quit smoking overnight. There was no pain, anxiety or cold turkey symptoms. I currently continue to use snus and ecigs and haven't touched a cigarette in three years and never will again. Prior to quitting smoking I was noticing a little shortness of breath and moderate nighttime coughing. Within a few weeks of using snus/ecigs, all health problems completely cleared up. I feel like I'm in great health today and regularly do 5 mile fast walks with no problems. In closing, I can't recommend snus/ecigs highly enough as a reduced harm alternative to tobacco. They've definitely changed my life and my health for the better!


Robert perez, Minnesota
Im 53 years old, I have been smoking since I was 16 years old, That is 37 years of tobacco addiction. After countless attempts to quit smoking during that time, in which I tried the patch, nicotine gum, hypnosis, Wellbutrin, Chantix, cold turkey, all to no avail, I saw a commercial for e- cigs, I did not have anything to lose, so bought them and Im happy to say that as of today (52313) I have not had a cigarette for 132 days and the great thing is I don't miss them. I have helped 3 friends of mine quit using the e-cigs. My wife and my kids are extremely happy that I don't smell like an ashtray anymore and that finally I have been able to kick the habit


Joe G
I was a smoker since age 13, typically a pack a day, sometimes 2 packs per day on the weekends. Years passed and I began to feel the effects; shortness of breath, no energy, constant coughing, etc. I tried desperately to quit with no luck. I tried nicotine patches and lozenges with no success and also tried Zyban with moderate success. I was able to quit for a grueling 6 months. My wife and children hated me as I was irritable all the time. Going out to bars became torture because I always wanted to have a smoke. Then one day, I attended a friend's wedding and I was offered a cigar, which I accepted. Within a month, I was back to cigarettes. The straw that broke the proverbial camel's back came with the introduction of fire safe cigarettes. My coughing increased 5-fold and the shortness of breath was worse than ever. I simply HAD to do something as I was miserable, unhealthy and very unhappy. I had heard of e-cigarettes online but hadn't tried one. I visited a kiosk at a local mall and purchased a starter kit. It was garbage but it gave me hope!! I continued researching online and found a variety of e-cigarettes that were much improved from the mall junk I had purchased. I took the plunge and bought a Joye Ego starter kit. It took me a full month to switch over, I used the e-cig to replace cigarettes that weren't as "important" to me, i.e. first of the day or after a meal. By the last week of that month, I was down to 1 cigarette per day. That was 3 years and 3 months ago. I am very happy and proud to state that I have not put my lips on a single cigarette since that day. I no longer cough. I am no longer short of breath. I have been singing again, something I hadn't done in years. I'm riding my bicycle for 10-12 miles at a time without feeling like I'm dying. I've become a NEW PERSON thanks to the e-cigarette. More importantly, I have NO desire whatsoever to smoke a cigarette ever again, in fact I now find the odor repulsive! Yes I am still addicted to nicotine as are so many other people. However I firmly believe it was the smoke itself, not the nicotine, that was the cause of my ills. All said ills have vanished, I feel younger and healthier than I have in years. I will continue to recommend e-cigarettes to every smoker I know. I sincerely hope that governments and anti-smoking agencies will see the benefits of e-cigarette as harm reduction instead of their totalitarisn "no nicotine" stance. It could save countless lives and improve the quality of many others. I was appalled at the FDA's report on e-cigarettes and the incredible number of mistruths and double standards. As an example, they noted the presence of ethylene glycol in trace quantities in some of the nicotine liquids they tested. While ethylene glycol is a harmful chemical, it is a natural byproduct of tobacco processing. What the FDA glaringly failed to note was that this chemical is also found in the nicotine patch, the lozenges, and the inhaler. Shameful double standard courtesy of Big Pharma's deep pockets.


Hi, my Story is simple.. Smoked for 34 years - friend introduced me to Ego-C electronic cigarette. I quit smoking Dec 14, 2013... My breathing has improved, my energy has surged, my clothes don't stink, my teeth are getting whiter, food tastes better, house smells better, not rushed I. Restaurants to get out to smoke, health in several ways has improved ... Most of all used to get bronchitis every 3 months... Have not had that since I quit!!! Thank you ECig for helping me improve my total life!


Linda Barker
I had smoked for 41 years and was up to 2- 2 1/2 packs of cigarettes a day. I had no desire to quit....I'd planned to die a smoker and it didn't seem to matter how high the price of cigarettes went. But, I started coughing and wheezing...alot. I decided I needed to find a way to cut down on the amount of cigarettes I smoked. I ordered my first kit from the UK and it was pretty nasty....the liquid in the cartridges was pretty bad. In the process of "getting used to it", I put my cigarettes down the first day and just used the e-cig. I figured once I was used to it I could switch back and forth between the e-cig and cigarettes. After about 3 days I decided I was used to the e-cig so could have a real cig. My husband walked thru the house with a lit cig and that was it for way was I going to smoke something that smelled so bad. I got my first e-cig 4 years ago and haven't so much as taken a drag off a real cig since the first day. I quit wheezing and coughing after about 3 weeks. Are e-cigs better for my health than smoking?....damn right they are!


Claudia Linse, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
I started smoking when I was 14 and had smoked for 39 years. I enjoyed smoking and didn't really want to quit. I smoked about 3/4 to one pack a day but only smoked about the first half of the cigarette. I never re-lit a cigarette to smoke the rest of it because it tasted awful. So, it was costing me quite a bit of money. Then there was the stigma. I hated feeling self conscious around non-smokers but knew that I probably smelled like an ashtray to them. (I also was cutting out a large portion of my possible dating pool.) Additionally, for the past few years I was getting a severe case of bronchitis two or three times a year. So, last August (2012) a friend told me he was getting an eGo starter kit and I went ahead and ordered one too. The day after it arrived (August 28, 2012, my first vape mail), my sister-in-law, who had been vaping for a while, gave me some menthol juice with some sweetener. I have not had a cigarette since that day. I don't feel like I quit smoking. Wait, I take that back. I don't feel like I gave anything up. (That's more accurate.) I now regularly vape a sweetened peppermint mixture. I've moved from 18 mg. to 12 mg. and will continue to slowly step down the nicotine level until I reach zero. I love vaping. I love the taste. I love that I don't have to have more than one or two hits at a time. I love that I haven't had a "NICOTINE! NOW!" panic attack since I started vaping. I love that I've met a group of vapers through Facebook and local "vaping meets" who are friendly and willing to answer any questions I have. I love that I'm not spending $100 a month on cigarettes. I love that I can vape in my home. I love that I didn't have to crack a window in the car all winter. I love that if I do date again, he can be a non-smoker and I won't have to feel constantly self conscious about the way I smell. I love that I haven't had bronchitis in almost a year. I love that my mom is happy that I no longer smoke. Actually, I can't think of one down side to vaping other than the constant spectre of big tobacco and the fear that their influence will, eventually, take away my ability to continue to happily vape away.


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