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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?
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  • 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
21
Aaron Frazier (afrazier5) Salt Lake City
How long did you smoke? 24 years. Started smoking at 16 out of curiosity over peer pressure. Parents and friends did not smoke but best friends parents did. How long ago did you start using a smoke-free alternative? Switched off of tobacco to smoke free e-cigarettes on January 15th 2011 Exactly what smoke-free product(s) do you use (for instance, disposable e-cigarettes, mods, snus; what nicotine strength), and if this changed over time, how has it changed? I started with 24mg e-liquid but within a month, cut down to 18mg. Remained at 18mg for about 3 months before working myself down to 6mg over a quarterly incremental process. I've since gone back up to 12 mg due to high stresses in life in order to remain smoke free. I started my journey on a 510 manual stick style battery and in about 6 months purchased a big battery mod and have remained on this since. I vape between 3.7-4.2v on all devices. Do you still smoke at all (and if so, how much have you cut down)? I have had the occasional cigarette in social settings or in settings where smoking is prevalent over the last 2.5 years but it sickened me to have more than a few. Did you both smoke and use the smoke-free product for a time before quitting smoking entirely (and if so, how long), or did you switch immediately? Or did you stop tobacco/nicotine entirely for a while and then start using a low-risk alternative? I quit overnight after buying my e-cigarette 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? I tried cold turkey, gums, patches, and chantix. Longest quit period was around 3 weeks. Was on the Chantix program 4 times and never made it more than 3 weeks. What changes in the quality of your life (both positive and negative) have you noticed since adopting the smoke-free alternative? Health wise, I no longer have a nagging morning cough, no nasal drainage, wheezing has disappeared, I can smell things I've never smelled before, I no longer smell like an ashtray and food tastes better. From a personal and professional standpoint, I've made more friends through the global vaping network than I've ever had. I'm also the founder of a statewide vaping organization that allows me to help hundreds of smokers statewide yearly find a better alternative to smoking.

05/06/2013

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Steve C., St. Louis MO
I was a pack a day smoker for about 12 years, a smoker for 15 years. I tried to quit numerous times, especially once we had a child. I was able to reduce my smoking to about half a pack a day for the last 3 years but I wasn't able to kick it. I tried the nicotine gum, the patches, and multiple prescriptions with horrible side effects. It wasn't until I tried electronic cigarettes that I actually was successful in quitting smoking. I first tried the disposable electronic cigarettes that are sold at gas stations but I was still smoking. They just didn't work enough. When I found the ones that you fill yourself, I didn't have another cigarette. These devices worked better for me, tasted better, and the number of flavors kept me interested enough to get through the first couple of weeks of not smoking. I haven't had a cigarette in almost a year. I feel much better, I can breathe better, I smell better, and my doctor is pretty happy with me. I can also go much longer without using the e-cig, there aren't the hundreds (thousands?) of chemicals in them as there are in regular cigarettes. I believe these chemicals contribute to why regular cigarettes are so addictive. Electronic cigarettes are undoubtedly better for you than smoking. They may not be 100% healthy, but neither is sugar, caffeine, alcohol, or countless other things that are deemed acceptable. There is no combustion, there are almost no carcinogens and no tar. The "second hand" vapor has been shown to pose no risk to others. The alternative is cigarettes, people will smoke if they can't use a personal vaporizer. The term "electronic cigarette" is misleading since the only thing they really have in common with cigarettes is nicotine delivery. These devices WILL save lives, as well as health care costs.

05/06/2013

19
Cirene from Indiana
I started smoking when I was 16 years old. My parents were both smokers. My Dad passed away in 2008 due to COPD that he fought with for years. My Mom passed away due to cancer seven months later in 2009. I have quit over the years a few times, mostly during pregnancies, but the longest only lasted about 16 months. The most recent time I quit was while pregnant in 2007 and I started up again when my Dad passed in June of 2008. When my Mom passed in January of 2009 I decided that I really did need to quit for good if I wanted to see my children grow into adults and have children of their own. I was 37 years old and smoking a pack of full-flavored filtered Camels a day. I tried quitting cold turkey a few times between then and 2012 but the cravings for that cigarette always won. I tried using nicotine lozenges but they burned my mouth and throat...and I still craved cigarettes. In 2012 I was scheduled to have my gallbladder removed. I knew that non-smokers have fewer problems during surgery and heal faster after surgery so I was determined to quit before I had to check into the hospital. I read online that if you could quit at least two weeks before that it was better than nothing so that was my deadline. In June of 2012 my husband and I purchased "cig-alike" kits at Wal-Mart called Mistic. I believe it contained 18 mg of nicotine. I was excited and wanted this to be my answer but I hated the thing. I would puff on the Mistic and STILL want a cigarette. I would put the Mistic down and smoke. Thankfully my husband worked with a man who used the eGo batteries with tanks. He loaned us one and I smoked fewer cigarettes. We upped our nicotine to 24 mg and I put the cigarettes down for good. I wasn't craving them anymore. I have noticed that I'm breathing easier and I don't have that "smoker's cough". I can carry loads of laundry up and down the stairs without getting winded. I also haven't had as many colds as I had during previous winters. I've since switched to mechanical mods, usually with 18650 batteries, rebuildable "genesis" style atomizers and I've lowered my nicotine to 18 mg. I plan on stepping down my nicotine gradually until I am using four - six mg. and probably stay with that indefinitely. I did go through a period of about three months where I "chain vaped". If I was awake, my pv was in my hand and I was puffing away on it. Now I can go hours without nicotine and without the cravings that I would have while smoking. I couldn't go for more than an hour without a cigarette ten months ago. I finally feel free from that addiction.

05/05/2013

18
Susan Scott, Washington State
My personal vaporizer, or "e-cigarette", has been a miracle for me. I started smoking at age 16, to be "cool" with my friends. That was back when you could buy cigarettes for 75 cents a pack out of a vending machine. Within just a few months I was hooked. It wasn't just a fun social thing anymore, I needed to smoke. Back then there wasn't a lot of concern over the health effects of smoking. I quit during my pregnancies, not out of concern for health, but because the smell increased my morning sickness. As soon as baby arrived I was right back up to 2 packs a day. Once the research became more public about how dangerous it was, I really wanted to quit. I tried "cold turkey" many times and failed. As tools became available I tried each one; patches, gum, inhalers, medications, even acupuncture and hypnotherapy! Nothing worked. In 2003 a dear friend died, and a large part of his illness was related to smoking. Even that wasn't enough to make me stop. Last January we decided that my elderly mother should move in with us for safety reasons. She cannot tolerate smoke at all. I decided to try a disposable e-cig to see if it would be an acceptable alternative for inside the house and in the car. That was on January 15, 2013. The next day I went to a local shop and purchased a starter PV kit, and have not touched a cigarette since! I have had no cravings, mood swings or weight gain. My morning cough is gone. Food tastes better. I have more energy and can breathe much better. My skin is beginning to look healthier. My mood has improved. I sleep a full night instead of waking up to smoke. Accounting for the amount I've spent on PV supplies and liquid, I've still saved nearly $700.00 since January. I started out at 24 mg of nicotine, but have since worked my way down to alternating between 6 mg and no nicotine. I truly believe my Personal Vaporizer saved my health and probably my life.

05/05/2013

17
Susan Scott, Washington State
My personal vaporizer, or "e-cigarette", has been a miracle for me. I started smoking at age 16, to be "cool" with my friends. That was back when you could buy cigarettes for 75 cents a pack out of a vending machine. Within just a few months I was hooked. It wasn't just a fun social thing anymore, I needed to smoke. Back then there wasn't a lot of concern over the health effects of smoking. I quit during my pregnancies, not out of concern for health, but because the smell increased my morning sickness. As soon as baby arrived I was right back up to 2 packs a day. Once the research became more public about how dangerous it was, I really wanted to quit. I tried "cold turkey" many times and failed. As tools became available I tried each one; patches, gum, inhalers, medications, even acupuncture and hypnotherapy! Nothing worked. In 2003 a dear friend died, and a large part of his illness was related to smoking. Even that wasn't enough to make me stop. Last January we decided that my elderly mother should move in with us for safety reasons. She cannot tolerate smoke at all. I decided to try a disposable e-cig to see if it would be an acceptable alternative for inside the house and in the car. That was on January 15, 2013. The next day I went to a local shop and purchased a starter PV kit, and have not touched a cigarette since! I have had no cravings, mood swings or weight gain. My morning cough is gone. Food tastes better. I have more energy and can breathe much better. My skin is beginning to look healthier. My mood has improved. I sleep a full night instead of waking up to smoke. Accounting for the amount I've spent on PV supplies and liquid, I've still saved nearly $700.00 since January. I started out at 24 mg of nicotine, but have since worked my way down to alternating between 6 mg and no nicotine. I truly believe my Personal Vaporizer saved my health and probably my life.

05/05/2013

16
brad wager
For almost two years I have used an electronic cigarette, and it has replaced my smoking of 35 years. I was on the verge of smoking related diseases, chronic bronchitis and emphysemia. Thanks to being able to use it, I have stopped wheezing and the mess of cigarettes and tar is out of my life. Thanks to using the e-cigarette in public, other smoker's have asked me about them I have been able to share the miraculous benefits of e-cigarettes, that I have first hand experienced, I presume sharing that may have helped dozens of other smokers, if not more find out about this replacement from the harm of smoking.I can not be near smokers.I do not smoke. Sincerely, Brad Wager

05/05/2013

15
Karen Lee (Fiamma Palermo) 29 Palms, Ca.
Today is May 4, 2013. I am now 73 years of age. I smoked for 55 years, the last 20 years at the rate of 2 cartons per week. I started using an e cig 24 Feb 2011. I started with an Ego and have gone on to larger devices now. I started at 16mg nic and am now at 4mg nic. I have not had a cigarette since the day I got my Ego. Before trying an electronic cigarette I had tried to quit many times over the years, gum, patch, hypnosis and acupuncture. The gum made me physically ill as well as giving me canker sores in my mouth, the patch caused waking hallucinations. I could not sleep while on the patch. Nothing worked for more than a week and I was right back to smoking. I could not function without nicotine, it appeared. I could not think cogently, focus for more than a few minutes at a time, I was depressed and constantly irritated and uncomfortable. I was not a pleasant person to be near. Now I realize that some of what I was missing was not so much the nicotine as the comfort of the physical act of smoking. It gave me a space to change mental gears, a few minutes to put off something unpleasant, a retreat into comfort of a sort. I liked to smoke, I did not really want to quit. The impetus came from the last tax raise in my state on cigarettes. I became angry and decided something had to change and started looking around. I had seen the ads for the cig alikes and heard they were a scam, but I started doing research on the internet and decided that I would try an Ego starter kit and see how it went. I was amazed that the first day I tried it, the day it arrived, was the last day I had a cigarette. It was a totally painless process. I only made one rule when I started, no tobacco flavors, nothing to remind me of tobacco cigarettes. I vaped then and still vape dessert flavors primarily. I cannot stand menthol at all. I have had nothing but positive changes in my life since I started using an E cig. I have more energy, do not become ill, have not had a sinus infection or bronchitis. I breathe much better and can walk faster and for longer distances with ease. I love that I don't stink of smoke, my house smells good now, my car as well. I gained no weight as a result of the change and I am totally comfortable in my skin. For someone who didn't really want to quit smoking, I say now I would never go back to smoking, unless forced to by an ignorant society.

05/04/2013

14
Karen Lee (Fiamma Palermo) 29 Palms, Ca.
Today is May 4, 2013. I am now 73 years of age. I smoked for 55 years, the last 20 years at the rate of 2 cartons per week. I started using an e cig 24 Feb 2011. I started with an Ego and have gone on to larger devices now. I started at 16mg nic and am now at 4mg nic. I have not had a cigarette since the day I got my Ego. Before trying an electronic cigarette I had tried to quit many times over the years, gum, patch, hypnosis and acupuncture. The gum made me physically ill as well as giving me canker sores in my mouth, the patch caused waking hallucinations. I could not sleep while on the patch. Nothing worked for more than a week and I was right back to smoking. I could not function without nicotine, it appeared. I could not think cogently, focus for more than a few minutes at a time, I was depressed and constantly irritated and uncomfortable. I was not a pleasant person to be near. Now I realize that some of what I was missing was not so much the nicotine as the comfort of the physical act of smoking. It gave me a space to change mental gears, a few minutes to put off something unpleasant, a retreat into comfort of a sort. I liked to smoke, I did not really want to quit. The impetus came from the last tax raise in my state on cigarettes. I became angry and decided something had to change and started looking around. I had seen the ads for the cig alikes and heard they were a scam, but I started doing research on the internet and decided that I would try an Ego starter kit and see how it went. I was amazed that the first day I tried it, the day it arrived, was the last day I had a cigarette. It was a totally painless process. I only made one rule when I started, no tobacco flavors, nothing to remind me of tobacco cigarettes. I vaped then and still vape dessert flavors primarily. I cannot stand menthol at all. I have had nothing but positive changes in my life since I started using an E cig. I have more energy, do not become ill, have not had a sinus infection or bronchitis. I breathe much better and can walk faster and for longer distances with ease. I love that I don't stink of smoke, my house smells good now, my car as well. I gained no weight as a result of the change and I am totally comfortable in my skin. For someone who didn't really want to quit smoking, I say now I would never go back to smoking, unless forced to by an ignorant society.

05/04/2013

13
Ken Boustead, FTW, TX
I started Smoking full time at 22 years old. Today, I am 36. I "loved" smoking. I tried to stop smoking with a full commitment 3 times. Once with an e-cig that looked and tasted much like a real cigarette. Each ended the same, failure. Today, 28 days after my purchase of a current model e-cig, (a Joyetech eGo)I am now 15 days smoke free and I personally converted 4 smokers to this product. It works and I am seeing more and more evidence every day. Even my 66 year Father is using a similar model Joyetech eGo e-cig and is having success in cutting his cigarette use after only 10 days of use.

05/04/2013

12
Joe Morrow from Aledo, IL
I started smoking when I was 16 years old and spent most of the next 26 years attempting to quit the nasty habit that I started at such a young age. I tried almost all of the

05/04/2013

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