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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
Smoked for 30 plus years. Tried patches etc. Did not work... started vaping flavours... stopped smoking tobacco thanks to vaping... if flavours are eliminated then I will go back to smoking... if that happens my family will thank you at my funeral.. tobacco kills and vaping saves lives

2-5 years


Thomas Gesuelle
I had been smoking for over 30 years and 2 packs a day last 10 yrs. At this point I was tired of smoking and tried to quit many many times using any product I could find, including cold turkey, many times with no success. I realized it was hopeless that all the products they had out like the gum and patch strategically had less nicotine than cigarettes and could not satisfy enough and that’s why I kept failing. Until I found vaping and did some research and then purchased some products. Within 2 weeks I never smoked another cigarette, it’s been 6 years now and don’t plan on going back. First thing I noticed was that the nicotine level was equal to a cigarette so it sustained me enough to switch. Then after 2 weeks I noticed my breathing was getting better as well as my coughing and other things that are associated with smoking. There was a little adjustment to the flavor, let’s face it nothing taste like a cigarette but a cigarette but they have liquids out there that come close. I found a flavor that I liked very much and that became my main vape while trying new flavors each month. I use the product the way I smoked basically but I actually think I vape less but I feel better as well because I’m not sucking smoke into my lungs as well as over 6,000 chemicals that cause cancer and a lot of other health problems that vaping doesn’t cause. The big tobacco CO’s couldn’t have that so they made a plan to get rid of vaping or put so many restrictions on vaping until companies had to go out of business OR SELL their companies to big tobacco, which a lot of them did. They focused on teen vaping and made it seem like this was the first time in history that teens were being exploited and if something wasn’t done all teens would be corrupted forever. They forgot about Alcohol, Pills, Marijuana and oh yeah Cigarettes. Since the beginning kids have been experimenting and using anything that comes out for adults only and still do. I have never seen a campaign against any of the above mentioned products except cigarettes and teen smoking campaigns were never at the level of Vaping. Nobody has really informed the public of how beneficial vaping is to this world! The fact that it would abolish smoking altogether. How many lives it would save each year and all the money it would save on medical bills. It definitely saved my life. It’s a shame that this society does not care about human life as much as they care about money. I hope that at least 1 smoker reads this and does a little research and experiment with vaping. There are a lot of different product types and be a little confusing if your new to it but the important thing to know is that it works. Honestly you will still be addicted to the same nicotine that’s in a cigarette but without the 6,000 chemicals that are killing you now. Teens are always looking for new ways to get a buzz or high and never follow the directions and we’re getting sick because they were over dosing, using way too much sometimes puffing on 2 or 3 at a time trying to get high. If it’s used responsibly by adults especially ones wanting to quit smoking your going to get something that works something that’s safe something that’s enjoyable and definitely more healthy compared to smoking results, which is death and that’s been proven. I’d still be smoking now and slowly dying if it wasn’t for vaping.

6-10 years


I was a smoker from year 14. I found the smell and the act of smoking a cigarette appealing from an early age. It took only few years to feel the consequences as I couldn't run or as much as I used to, even at the age of 17. My mouth were dry, my skin changed and I had periodic random chest pains. I was a light smoker, I rarely smoked more than 7,8 cigarettes a day. And I loved it, until I started feeling the side effects and knowing what would eventually happen to me in the end-I just wasn't built for smoking that much. In 2012.I bought my first cigalike vape and I thought: Goosh, this is so close. If I just had a stronger device I could kick this! But the stronger device wasn't available until early 2014. in Serbia, when my mom bought me my first Ego battery kit. I was amazed! I started exploring the gear, bought multiple mods and pods over the years and maybe smoked 2 packs of cigarettes in total over the past 10 years (on occasions when my device is not working and I didn't have a backup readily available). Those always tasted disgusting and being smoke free for a long time now, I know I'll never smoke again. I'm currently vaping 4.5 mg of nicotine and planning to go down to 2.25 in next month. Vape on!

6-10 years


I can't figure out is people want to ban vaping when there has been proof of state legislators and state politicians in my state that have taken money from Big tobacco to push the ban. Yet cigarettes are perfectly legal to be sold in stores like they have for the past hundred years, they want to curb youth intake of vaping products so what's the stop youth from getting cigarettes like they used to? I admit when I was 15 I smoked cigarettes. I quit smoking in 2010 started vaping and vaping ever since had an x-ray for the last five times over a course of 10 years and my lungs are clear I feel better I have no problems. But big tobacco and the government want people smoking cigarettes so that way they get sick and have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on medical fees in this corrupt world we live in.

11+ years


Christopher Cameron
Started smoking around 15 and I’m now 30 and have been using vapes for about 4 years. Made the switch when I ended up in hospital after smoking caused me to have an infection which I had to go under and have surgery as it was quite serious. I’m glad I made the switch because my clothes don’t smell anymore, I feel much better, I don’t have to stand in the cold anymore and I’m generally just feeling good. I’ve used many vapes from disposables, pod systems and replaceable coils. Never going back to smoking. I appreciate vapes so much!

2-5 years


Had to post this up as I think vaping may have literally saved my life. I'm only 38 and had been a heavy smoker for 22 years had gotten to the point where I couldn't do exercise and was eating badly because I had literally resided to the fact I was going to die very young. 2 months ago I got unbelievably sick so much so that I was struggling to breathe 24/7 (I would literally breakdown in tears every day) and going for a walk up the driveway caused me to collapse and get rushed to hospital. It was at this time I made a conscious choice that I have to give up smoking so committed to giving vaping a good go, I honestly wouldn't have been able to quit without it had tried everything else previously. From there my life has just got better and better I'm walking 5km per day, strength training 3x per week, eating well and no longer think I'm going to die young. My friends and family have been amazed by the dramatic turn around - they have never seen me this happy and full of energy - and vaping was the thing that changed all of this for me.

Less than 1 year


Smoked for 45 years non-stop. Began vaping with disposables at 20 mg nicotine. Am now with reusable pods at 10 mg. Didn’t touch a cigarette since I started vaping.

Less than 1 year


After smoking a pack a day for over 30 years and many attempts to quit, I tried vaping. After just 2 short weeks, I was able to put down cigarettes for good. My morning hacking cough went away. I didn't gasp for air walking up a flight of stairs. My house and car no longer smelled like smoke. Over the years I've been able to ratchet down my nicotine level and currently vape at just 2mg. A cigarette has WAY more nicotine and no way to decrease it. I fully believe that switching to vaping has extended my life span. I felt better almost immediately. Harm reduction WORKS!

11+ years


Vaping and flavors helped me quit smoking I breathe better my blood pressure is better I feel better vaping helped save my life

2-5 years


I started smoking cigarettes when I was 13. I smoked menthol cigarettes of pretty much any brand most of the time that I smoked. Later in my smoking career I moved to Cheyenne Wild Cherry and Al Capone cigarillos. God got on to me about smoking, and I knew I had to quit. Vaping was available, and I tried it. Vaping and smoking are a bit different as far as the inhale, which took some getting used to, but I liked that I could gradually decrease my nicotine amount. I also liked the flavors. While I was trying to quit I would literally go down the road with the vape in my right hand and the cigarette in my left hand near the cracked window of my car. I am happy to say that within 6 months I was fully free of cigarettes. I have now been cigarette free for about 12 to 13 years. I don't get three to four sinus infections a year, I can actually jog a mile or more once I work up to it, and I feel better overall. I recently went to a country where I let my vape run out of charge, and I had to smoke cigarettes for a couple hours. I hated it. But smokers understand how the habit is. I was very happy to get back to my hotel room and my other vape waiting for me. Outlawing vape is the worst idea ever. I am grateful to have been able to quit. My house doesn't stink, my clothes don't stink, my hair doesn't stink, and my bank balance is higher. I spend less on vape juice and replacement coils then my husband does on his Marlboros. My dad says cigs taste different now than they did when he was young. They put more garbage in the tobacco. I imagine the cig industry would have fewer defectors if tobacco still had the same pure, rich strength it used to according to my father. Smokers would still be demonized, but big tobacco and big pharma would both be happy. I'm happy to have quit.

6-10 years


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