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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
13446
Brian Wilson
For 33 years, I just kind of got comfortable assuming that smoking would eventually kill me. I tried to quit. Cold turkey, patches, gums, hypnosis, etc. I failed over and over again and got more and more resigned to my fate. Then vaping came along. I quit pretty much day one. By end of week one, I knew I'd never smoke again. I'm tearing up as I write that sentence, remembering how amazing that felt. My health improvements were dramatic and miraculous to me and my family, and continue now. So much so, that when the opportunity arose, my son and I bought a vape shop, so we could help others, too. My health improvements were so dramatic that I gained hope for a longer life. Hope I wouldn't have had without vaping. So I started addressing other health issues and making other smarter choices. Can I find the right cholesterol med? Yes, I finally did. Can I make some healthier changes to my diet? Yes, I finally did. Can I exercise more now that I can breathe again? Still working on that one, one step at a time, please. Basically, at about 50, I realized I had more than 5 good years left, thanks to vaping. I thank vaping not only for helping me quit smoking, but for all the other smarter choices I make every day now. There are too many 'well intentioned', if not well-informed do-gooders out there trying to take this all away. Am I not as deserving of your good intentions? There are also too many Governors and state level politicians who aren't as well-intentioned. THEY know about the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, even if you don't. They sound like they're trying to protect you, but some if not all of their position is based on billions of dollars of big tobacco money that has slowed down on its way to the states, thanks to vaping. Don't bother looking into it if you don't think you are bright enough to follow a chain of causality for more than two steps. Otherwise, check it out. Please think. If you succeed in banning vaping and spreading misinformation in a way that closes my shop, you will be creating a situation in which lots of people go back to smoking, kids STILL get their smokes or Juuls exactly where they get them now, and a worse black market arises. And what's next? If you one win this one, government will be emboldened to think they can just declare a health emergency and take away something you like and support, and shut down businesses at will. I'm not against reasonable regulation and taxation of my business. I support ALL efforts to keep tobacco and vaping out of the hands of kids. I don't believe flavor bans have anything to do with this. I'm 58. I like candy and fruit flavors, too. A flavor ban puts me out of business, while the Juuls and other high nicotine pre-filled units stay right where they are now, right where your kids are getting them, next to the cigarettes, and owned by the same big tobacco companies. Just asking you all to think through the issue a bit more, and keep the millions of people like me in mind when you do.

6-10 years

04/01/2022

13445
Jim Davis
10 year Anniversary post to go with my 3 others. Time for ALL Seniors to rise up and fight like PAVE, ACS/CAN and all the other groups that could care less about helping those of us that have life experience they won't understand until they are our age, and it's too late to undo what they have done.

6-10 years

03/30/2022

13444
Kemishdo
I don't vape anymore, I stopped in 2016. I vaped for approximately 2.5 years. I had smoked cigarettes for 36 years when I quit, on day one, after receiving my first vape device. My parents had wanted me to quit for years, so on my birthday in April 2014, they took me to a local vape shop and purchased my first device. I started at 12mg since I always smoked light cigarettes, but quickly reduced to 6 because it was too strong for me. After the first year I was down to 3 and later had to start mixing 3mg with 0mg to create 1.5 and eventually went to O then quit altogether. I believe I actually vaped a little longer after the nicotine addiction was gone because it was a hand to mouth addiction at that point I had to kick. I went through many devices during that time, it was a fun hobby. I had tried to quit smoking several times without success. Tried cold turkey several times, I would get irritable, and my husband begged me to start smoking again, LOL. Vaping was the only thing that worked for me, and I recommend it to everyone who is having a difficult time quitting cigarettes. It is now 6 years later and I do not vape and I do not smoke, and I feel great!

2-5 years

03/30/2022

13443
Gary
I had smoked 20 a day for over 30 years, I tried the Nicorette inhalator pipe and patches but they made no difference. I switched to vaping initially at a very high nicotine dosage and alternated between smoking and vaping for about a month gradually cutting out the cigs, reduced the nicotine to 12mg then 6mg over the next 6 months but it still took me 4 years to completely quit vaping after that reducing the nicotine to 3mg then zero. Its now been 8 years without a cigarette and 4 without a vape and I don't get any cravings since then but during those 4 years if vaping had been restricted as in many countries it is now I would definitely have switched back to cigarettes. I used tank and drip custom vape kits rather than the mainstream vape pens mostly so that I could make my own coils and save more money but without any form of vaping I know I would still be smoking.

2-5 years

03/29/2022

13442
KSM
I’m 63 yrs. old and was a heavy smoker for 35 years. 13 years ago I had to quit smoking due to medical reasons and quit using Chantix after the patch and other methods didn’t work. Four years later I really “needed” a cigarette, but medically I could never smoke again, so I tried some disposable “e-cigs” and they worked while I waited for technology to catch up. Fortunately, with those technological advances, I finally found the perfect vape and ejuice for me so I wouldn’t keep thinking about and wanting cigarettes. After about six years of experimenting with different styles of vapes, finally the convenient all-in-one device was invented and that’s what I’ve continued to use for the last three years. I’ve never even wanted to take a “cheat hit” off of a cigarette over these last several years thanks to vaping. I’ve had both positive and negative effects to quitting smoking. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition after I quit and gained about 40 lbs. I’m still working on getting off the weight, but overall, I’m very glad I finally quit smoking and vaping filled that gap perfectly. What I can’t understand is the level of stupidity of those who want to ban anything vape-related. Way back in the day when the Royal College of Physicians came out with smoking being related to lung cancer, the USA jumped all over that and put warning labels on the cigarette packs. But when the RCP did extensive research and confirmed that vaping is 95% less harmful than cigarettes and even urge smokers to switch to vaping, the US does everything they can to debunk the truth. It just defies logic.

6-10 years

03/29/2022

13441
Michael
I am now 69 years old smoked cigarettes for more than 35 years.at the age of 55 I was told by my pulmonologist that I had emphysema luckily I was able to stop with the help of vape products smoke-free alternative . Now I’m using a vape pod system and haven’t smoked a cigarette since .

11+ years

03/28/2022

13440
PB
I had quit my 50 plus year cigarette habit with the help of flavored vapes……no FDA approved method worked which I tried many times over the years. With the ban on flavors I started smoking again…..no one I know wants cigarette flavored vapes! I guess this was their plan all along with this ban because they were losing so much tax $$ & tobacco $$ when we all quit. Vape shops limit their sales to adults 21 & over . Bring back the flavors!

2-5 years

03/28/2022

13439
Robbin Rapee
IF YOU CARED ABOUT OUR HEALTH - YOU'D STOP THIS NONSENSE! YOU JUST WANT US TO DIE??? Since Phillip Morris puts poisons & has us addicted? ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! NOTHING TO DO WITH HEALTH! Yes, I assume you want us to die. We will NEVER stop vaping - black market & make our own which is dangerous. But you do NOT CARE! This surely is about Phillip Morris & other huge killer cigarette companies w/their product having 200 +/- horrible ingredients. How can you live with yourselves? Easy! That's the type of CONTROLLING things that you are. GOVT DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE ONE BIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6-10 years

03/24/2022

13438
MJW
I had smoked cigarettes for 26 years and wanted to quit but didn't know how to do it. I received a vaping kit 3 years ago and it was like a miracle! I know I would have never been able to quit smoking cigarettes if not for vaping. It has also saved me a lot of money. I don't get why they want to ban vape products but still allow cigarettes and alcohol. They are much more dangerous than vaping. It is hypocritical to me. Alcohol has definitely killed more people and so has cigarette smoking. Leave us vapers alone!!!

2-5 years

03/24/2022

13437
Amy
I started smoking cigarettes in high school. I always enjoyed smoking. The only thing I hated was the smell. I always smoked outside so that my house wouldn’t smell. One day in 2016, I said to myself, “I’m sick of smelling like cigarettes all the time. I’m gonna go check out a vape shop.” I smoked my last cigarette on the way there. The shop worker suggested that I switch back and forth between a flavor that tasted like my menthol cigarettes and something different. So I went with menthol tobacco and a chocolate coffee menthol. When I left the shop, I felt confident that I wasn’t going to need cigarettes again. I threw out all my cigarettes and refused to go buy more. I haven’t had a cigarette since my last one before entering the vape shop. I haven’t even wanted one. As much as I loved smoking, I love vaping more. I can vape in my house or in my car and it only smells Ike the flavor I’m using. I no longer use tobacco flavors. I still need the menthol but my current go to is a strawberry watermelon bubblegum menthol. I’ve also decreased my nicotine level to the lowest one available. I feel like vaping has changed my life. I just wish that people would stop viewing vaping as bad as smoking and that doctors would acknowledge that while vaping isn’t a completely safe alternative, it’s still significantly safer than cigarettes.

6-10 years

03/22/2022

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