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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
Perhaps it was the lure of how cigarettes were romanticized in old films, or my family of origin… I came from a time where everyone smoked. The odd man out was those who didn’t. Picking up my first cigarette at 12 and putting out my last one at 39, was a process I had convulsed with like a fish laying outside of water. Having intermittently quit to lapse each gestation, eager to resume despite breastfeeding. Smoking cessation aids found me wanting cigarettes more. I began vaping on the 3rd of March 2009 and only volleyed between analog and vaping for one week. Initiating my nicotine replacement at 24mg and now down to ZERO with a few drops of a 3mg. I enjoy the act of smoking, always have. Sure inhaling products into my lungs, is my right to govern myself in the way I choose. I didn’t sign up for the immortal plan. Lawmakers need to get out of our bodies, as that is sacred domain.

6-10 years


I started smoking when I was 10 years old, I am now 52, I tried everything on the market and via my Gp to quit smoking, they worked for about an hour lol in other words they did not work at all, the tablets on script from the Gp had horrific side effects, had me feeling spaced out, the only thing I didn't try was hypnosis, none of it worked, my daughter helped me to get started with Vaping, I vaped (with Nicotine) and smoked to start with, gradually cut out the cigarettes, within a month I was just vaping, I started with 12mg nicotine and cut down by 1mg at a time ( I have depression and PTSD) so wanted to quit with minimum stress. I heard talk about a ban on not just nicotine but vaping all together, I went all out, sent myself broke in order to get enough juice and nicotine to fully quit, and I did quit, not just the nic side but vaping all together, until I started putting on weight (food instead of vaping) then I decided to continue vaping just the juice for a bit longer. What I don't miss, is being crook each winter, a common cold would turn into bronchitis and I was always using an inhaler, the Gp put me on Symbicort for emphysema, now I am off both medications and have not had even the common cold, no bronchitis, I have not even had the flue or covid (touch wood) OVER the counter VAPE gear is the best way to quit, it is these black market sellers who are mixing nasty stuff, they are the ones giving vaping a bad name and they are mostly there and thriving due to the ban and tight regulations that have become imposed on vaping. This talk about under age vaping? the flavours appealing to kids? What about the mixed alcoholic drinks? If you are so intent on banning vaping due to under age then you in all honesty must ban mixed alcoholic drinks.

2-5 years


Cerberus Reeper
I was a 12 year smoker. Half a pack to a full pack of cigarettes a day was my crutch! Freezing outside for no reason and having to take that smoke break every hr really was a hassle. I had attempted several times to quit smoking with alternatives such as nicotine gum and vaping. Never wanted to use the patch. The first time trying vaping was a poor experience due to lack of knowledge and a non interest in quitting the cigarette. However my second attempt at vaping which involved regular nicotine vape juice and nicotine salt juice greatly curbed my cravings and finally freed me from choking on a coffin stick which I begrudgingly continued to due until meeting these wonderful products. The flavors of the vape juice matter so much and is a wonderful alternative to the traditional ashy smell that turns off so many people. I am fairly young on vaping with just over half a year under my belt smoke free. However, I do not see my self going back to cigarettes ever again. The positives would be smell, taste, being able to breath better. The only negatives I have with vaping is the out of stock vape products and the constant fear of loosing these wonderful life saving products due to regulations and global banning!

Less than 1 year


If not for vaping I would already be dead. I started smoking at a very early age.1 pack turned to 2 . 2 turned to 10. at the end of my smoking i was a 4 PACK A DAY SMOKER. I TRIED EVERYTHING. at one point. i was chewing the gum. (nicotine infused), using the patch (nicotine infused) used prescribed lolipops (nicotine infused.) and smoked. SIMULTANEOUSLY. Tried chantix aka varenicline. as dumb as it sounds i even tried hypnotherapy. The only thing to successfully helped in reducing harm from tobacco was vaping.

6-10 years


I smoked for 26 years - unable to truly quit. I haven't had a cigarette in 4.5 years now because I make the choice to vape.

2-5 years


I wasn't a heavy smoker but when I started in that first, and now i was hooked after one year. Now that I've been vaping for a year plus, its amazing cuz it feells like your smoking but i vaped all the way to 0% nicotine. it had me and vapor saved my life from it turning to more serious.

1-2 years


I was a smoker for over half my life, starting at just 14 due to growing up in a family of heavily addicted cigarette smokers. Through the years I tried everything to quit, even volunteering for several clinical studies on the (unnecessary and dangerous) use of antidepressants for smoking cessation - nothing worked. Finally I tried vaping as a more convenient way to smoke. I could take "a hit" versus smoking an entire cigarette and quickly broke free from my habitual smoking habits. In just a couple of years, I was no longer feeling all the effects of addiction and felt ready and able to quit. By reducing the amount of nicotine down to zero, I eventually quit vaping and have been smoke-free for 2 years. Vaping cut my associations with nicotine and now I don't even think about or crave it, even when in the presence of others smoking/vaping. It changed my life!

2-5 years


Matthew Phillip Vallee
I smoked 2 packs a day for 20 years, I initially switched to lightweight closed pod systems to mimic the feel of a cigarette and switched fully to vaping back when the nic limits were over 50mg using roughly 1-2ml of eliquid a day. After about a year my oral fixation involving holding a cigarette was shattered, I noticed I went from holding my vape device between my fingers like a cigarette to balancing it on my pinky. A few months ago I started using a mod+refillable tank and the cost of using it was night and day lower than smoking even those nasty reserve no name smokes in a bag. 2 years later the most significant change is in my breathing, before switching to vaping I had burned my lungs with combustibles so my lungs are constantly flooded by natural fluid build up in the scar damage and my breathing was very restricted. 2 years later I'm breathing so much easier, I've stopped coughing up black chunks, I stopped smelling like an ashtray, and I'm not so drained all the time. I'm gradually dropping off nicotine entirely and being pushed by my government back into smoking cigarettes cuz they're hellbent on killing the vaping community in Canada entirely after they made tanks hard to get cuz the CRC regulations soon liquid will be taxed even higher than cigarettes. It's truly a depressing time to be alive in Canada.

2-5 years


N Cook
I've been off regular cigarettes for a year and a half now. I was using regular cigarettes for 26 years prior to this. I was not even trying to quit regular cigarettes and it just worked - One day I was like well I haven't had to roll cigarettes in a while now, and it hit me that I had not had one in 5 days. I quit regular cigarettes - it happened and I couldn't be happier with this fact. I started out with disposable vapes and went to a moderate sized kit then on to a smaller kit. In the past I tried patches and those did not satisfy the hand to mouth craving so I gave up trying to quit. I also tried to quit by getting on prescription meds to help control my depression/anxiety and other issues but the meds worked for a month and then I couldn't take them anymore. So I smoked more to keep my emotions in check. Now I can control how much nicotine I take in. I can cut it down to zero if I choose too, haven't gotten there yet but I will - As long as the FDA doesn't interfere with these products. My personal understanding is that addiction comes from a form of trauma and a trauma response is smoking - the least harmful of the other alternatives like hard drugs in response to trauma. So message to the FDA if you ban all forms of cigarettes or even some forms of cigarettes - You will be adding to the trauma and no good will come of it. You want to keep nicotine out of peoples systems? Stop trauma from happening. You can't? Then do the next best thing and leave our nicotine and the way we chose to use it ALONE.

1-2 years


Smoked for 40 years. Took about 2 years to switch over to vaping completely. No cravings, breath easier.

6-10 years


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