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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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Latest Testimonials

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# Name Testimonial Experience Date
13335
J.Loibl
I smoked for about 18 years then started using smokeless tobacco for about 7 years. I'd heard about vaping and finally decided to try after all the skepticism ( cause gums and patches didn't work) I was able to quit using tobacco all together! Vaping saved my life!!

6-10 years

05/30/2021

13334
Gavin
I started smoking when i was 22,i had tried everything i could to try and quit, cold turkey,patches,gum, then my friend introduced me to vaping in 2017, i feel much better health wise for my self and my son, i dont know why i started but vaping has helped me quit and stay of the smokes

2-5 years

05/29/2021

13333
Christopher
Ok So the last cig I smoked was in 2008. I just went for full lung xrays and I was told that my lungs don't look like I have ever smoked. I still vape everyday. I can't believe the pushback from this government on something that saves lives. Thanks for trying, but big tobacco owns the vape industry now. I will surely not be voting for this administration in the future. Dumdums. May 2021

11+ years

05/29/2021

13332
Marc Slis
I'm 57 and started smoking at 9 yrs old. After smoking my first cigarette, I went to a gas station to buy my first pack. Instead, I got my first job-pumping gas for the attendant, where he paid me in cigarettes. I became a pack/day smoker within one year and smoked for 41 years. After trying to quit for 30 years and failing with every other available method, I walked into a vape shop by accident and quit with a flavored electronic cigarette on the spot. After patronizing that vape shop for a year and a half, I bought it. In the last five and half years I've helped over 1,700 others to successfully quit smoking, just as I did. Vaping saved my life and the lives of 1,700 others in my small community.

6-10 years

05/28/2021

13331
Shane E.
I started smoking when I was 15 years old. Within a year I was going through about a pack a day. This habit lasted for 30 years. One day I heard a story on the radio about devices that smokers were using to get nicotine without tobacco and could still blow out some kind of cloud. That sounded interesting but I thought it would probably be sort of lame. I bought one of those cigarette-looking devices and my initial thoughts were confirmed. So I kept smoking. A short while later my father, in his seventies, told me that he had taken up vaping on advice from his cancer doctor. He told me he had quit smoking with vaping and actually kind of enjoyed it. I purchased a decent little starter kit and a couple flavours. This setup was so much better than my first attempt. I really liked the taste and the urge for a cigarette vanished. By that evening I just knew I would never smoke again. And I haven’t. It’s been over nine years now. My father, incidentally, is cancer-free today and living his best life. He doesn’t vape anymore but he credits it with kicking a years-long habit and saving his life. I do too and I’m grateful. I believe I have the right to make my own health choices and I choose vaping over smoking. Everyone should have that choice available, and that’s why I am an advocate for vaping.

6-10 years

05/28/2021

13330
Brandee E.
I had my first cigarette at 8 yrs old. By the age of 12 I was smoking regularly. My whole family smoked: generations of us. I knew that smoking would probably shorten my life, I just didn’t care. My life and all of its challenges are happening now. I was happy with smoking and the lectures are so rote they’re easy to ignore. So when I was first introduced to vaping, I wasn’t interested. The technology wasn't fantastic at the time and cigarettes still did the trick. But I kept tasting the different e-liquids that my husband offered me (he’d quit smoking already) and they were really good. Initially, it was the taste that kept me coming back & I’d smoke in between. But as it got colder outside I substituted more, choosing not to go outside for a ciggie. Over a period of 18+ mths, I vaped more & smoked less, until I couldn’t be bothered to smoke anymore. I’ve smoked 6 or so cigarettes in the last 8 years. Haven’t had a single bronchial infection or trouble breathing, when I used to all the time. Also haven’t craved a cigarette because I’m still getting the nicotine that I enjoy. Coercion never worked on me. If anything it made me dig in harder. It was having a better option that worked & leaving me to make the choice. Today I try to support people who smoke where they’re at, the way my husband did for me, & I fight to preserve vaping for the people who haven’t yet tried it. We all deserve the opportunity to make the choice for ourselves and I’m determined to preserve that choice. People who smoke are still my people and I refuse to abandon them, even if the world largely has.

6-10 years

05/28/2021

13329
A.J.
I didn’t start smoking until I was 28 (9 years ago). From 2015-2016, I had used an e-cig where you buy replacement tips that lasted for a day or so. Then In August 2019 I purchased a vape pen that had the rechargeable internal battery, with a tank that you put the e-juice in, which saved me a ton of money versus buying a pack of cigarettes every day. I started using the e-cig with refill cartridges, but ended up getting a full vaping kit where I only had to continue to purchase the e-juice and the replacement coils. I’ve been cigarette free since August of 2019! I did not use both at the same time, I switched immediately to vaping because I wanted to quit smoking cigarettes immediately. I’ve tried the medication route, with Wellbutrin. That didn’t have any effect for me. I did go through my state’s program for quitting smoking cigarettes, 3 times. Each time, I was able to quit smoking while I used nicotine gum along with the counseling their program offered; however, each time, once the counseling program was over and I no longer received the gum, I went back to smoking cigarettes. I could never wean off the gum; and it was either A.) buy the gum myself, or B.) buy cigarettes which are the same cost anyway. I did go a few weeks by myself buying the gum but ended up back to cigarettes. All 3 times, were unsuccessful. It was then that I thought of trying to switch to vaping, and that’s when I was finally able to quit cigarettes for good. It’s been over a year and a half now cigarette-free. Physical health: my lungs are so much healthier! I no longer have the smokers cough; towards the end of my cigarette use, I started coughing up a thick grayish mucus with it, and knew I had to quit cigarettes. I also meditate, and my lung capacity diminished with smoking cigarettes, and I would often have coughing fits when I’d meditate, so now my meditation is not interrupted by coughing. My taste and smell are back to normal. Whenever I smell cigarette smoke, it disgusts me. And if I’m exposed to it for too long, I get migraines, allergy symptoms such as my nose stuffs up. And I’m saving a lot of money now. When I smoked cigarettes, I bought the cheapest I could get. So let’s say $5 a pack, so approximately $150 per month. With vaping, I just had the one time purchase of the vaping unit, so now the only things I need to buy are the replacement coils and the e-juice. Which are around or under $50 a month depending upon the amount I use and specific ejuice I buy. So an extra $100 a month has been beneficial as well as the positive changes with my health. Unfortunately though, with this new ban on shipments of vaping products, I will need to spend more money as I no longer have access to these dozens of websites where I can research and find the best prices and special deals. I had finally narrowed it down to 2 websites which had great prices, very high quality, more options than I could even think of, and so much more. And living in a small town where there are only 2 local vaping stores, I’ve already noticed I will be spending more money; even though I won’t be paying for shipping costs. I recently had to purchase something that I would pay $18 online (and that’s WITH shipping), but at a local store it was $27. For the same exact thing: same brand, same everything. And these laws and bans are created thinking it will change underage vaping. Well, tell me this, Mr. Smart Thinkers who initiated and supported this ban, did the age limit on cigarettes eradicate underage smoking? Did the age limit on alcohol eradicate underage drinking? And this ban, their attempt with underage vaping, literally made cigarettes easier to get than vaping products. Regardless of age. Here’s your sign!

1-2 years

05/21/2021

13328
Jason
I started smoking at 17 and continued for 8 years until I tried an ecigarette. I was never a heavy smoker but it was always hard to quit. As ecigarettes evolved in both the devices and liquids it became easier until it finally stuck. Since quitting I've had a better quality in life that has allowed me to take better care of myself and weight loss as I could breath better and less things hurt. I still use ecigarettes to this day, both refillable pods and rebuildable tanks, and continue to enjoy better quality of life every day because I am smoke free now.

6-10 years

05/20/2021

13327
Michael
I started smoking at the age of 16. I never wanted to quit because I never cared ( you smoke - you will get sick, you smoke - you will die). There is always the saying " smoking is cool ", I never looked at it that way. I smoked for 18 years. SO how did I quit smoking? I quit smoking with vaping, and yes flavored nicotine helped me quit. Vaping kept me off of cigarettes for almost 6 years and able to lower my nicotine.

2-5 years

05/18/2021

13326
Beecher Howard
To whom it may concern, My name is Beecher Howard and I've been vaping for 9 years. I started smoking cigarettes at the age of 14 and quit using vape products at the age of 24. Without these products I would still be smoking today. I started my vape journey using refillable tank style atomizers and slowly moved into rebuilable devices. Being a two pack a day smoker, I started with 24mg nicotine and over the years have moved down to 3mg. I 100% quit cigarettes on the day I started to vape. No dual user here! My life has changed dramatically. I got into weightlifting and running. I could taste good better (chef at the time). My clothes, car and home stopped smelling horrible. All in all a wonderful situation. I fully support all vapor products and hope all smokers have the right to choose a less harmful alternative to deadly combustible cigarettes.

6-10 years

05/18/2021

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