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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
13716
Dani
I started smoking at a very young age, around 13 years old. I was a 0.5-1 pack a day smoker for 7 years. Then I found out I was pregnant and, shortly after, decided to go to school to be a nurse. I stopped smoking and started vaping instead. The change I noticed in my sense of smell and ability to breath was evident and empowering. I was able to run and be active without coughing up a lung and I no longer smelled like an ashtray every day. I could taste and smell everything in a new way. It was amazing. I know that not vaping or smoking would be best for anyone and I do plan to quit/cut back when I am ready. However, I am infinitely grateful to have the option to use a vaping alternative and I am very anxious to find out that the option may be taken away from me very soon. I honestly do not know what I am going to do. I feel as if the ban on vape shipping is going to effect the legal users of vaping more than the children it claims to be for.

6-10 years

03/25/2021

13715
Elizabeth
I am a 55-year-old female and have been a smoker since I was 14, my 75-year-old mother started when she was 13. I have tried to quit nearly all my life and it wasn't until I tried vaping that I was able to stop cigarettes completely. Yes, initially it was VERY expensive to start the vapor system, but eventually, I was able to find an affordable supplier. Because of Covid, I had to move to Arizona to take care of my mother who has COPD. Yet she STILL was smoking. I allowed her to try my vapor system and she loved it, but most importantly she quit all cigarettes and only used the vapor thing in small doses. We live in Ehrenberg Arizona, and we don't own a car. All of our groceries and essentials come in the MAIL. That includes our vapor products. What am I supposed to tell her now? Go back to smoking?! This is a direct threat to OUR WAY OF LIFE. It is a VIOLATION of our RIGHTS as consumers. WE have NO other OPTION but to suffer the anxiety and misery of an addiction withdrawls for NO GOOD REASON. We are responsbile adults and we have a RIGHT TO CHOOSE how we use nicotine. I have a mental illness. I do everything possible to avoid stress, and anxiety. I meditate, and go walking, and do yoga to alievate my symptoms. This new law will directly effect my piece of mind, and my way of life. What this does is force us to become slaves to the big tobacco companies who have forced this law to take back thier customers. And it leaves us without a way to SAVE OUR OWN LIVES. YOU ARE KILLING US. I am terrified of having a nervous breakdown, and it will be the fault of our government. This will also become a burden to the mental health community. Not to mention that WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC so going out to shop for vapor is STUPID AND DANGEROUS. WE are OLD PEOPLE so we are being put into a DANGEROUS situation having to find a shop and go inside to purchase those products. (and we don't own a car) Even more, we live in LaPaz County. There are NO VAPOR STORES IN OUR AREA. PERIOD. I am furious. THIS LAW IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. I will not stand by and allow it to happen and I plan on fighting every step of the way.

6-10 years

03/22/2021

13714
Matt
In April of 2017, I successfully quit smoking cigarettes within about a week of starting vaping after smoking for fifteen years. My goal was harm reduction and odor reduction. I enjoyed the hobby aspect of rebuildables and trying out different products for the first couple of years, but recently I had started losing interest and decided to take the next step and see if I could eliminate the nicotine entirely. After a few weeks of zero nicotine vape juice, I am proud to say that in March of 2021, I am ready to give up vaping entirely as well. I believe that without vaping I would still be smoking cigarettes. As I move on to the next phase of my life, I hope that others will be able to follow in my path and that legislature and public opinion won't be too prohibitive. Thank you to all of those in the vape community for whom this wouldn't be possible and I hope my story will be able to help others.

2-5 years

03/22/2021

13713
hellflower
I smoked cigarettes for about 30 years. I tried to stop. I tried the patch, the gum, the Wellbutrin, and so on. I tried everything that was supposed to help me stop smoking. And each method worked...for two or three MONTHS. Five years ago, I tried vaping nicotine. And I continued vaping. I've been vaping many different flavors. Some flavors I like, some flavors I don't like. The end result? Vaping has helped me stop smoking cigarettes for five YEARS!! My lungs are clear. I do not have smoker's cough, COPD, or any other problem breathing. I do not have cancer. I believe that I am very lucky. I believe that vaping has saved my quality of life. Who knows what condition I would be in now, if I hadn't begun vaping instead of smoking? I know in my heart that the only thing standing between me and cigarettes/cigarette-related medical conditions is Vaping Nicotine. I know in my heart that I am blessed.

2-5 years

03/21/2021

13712
Sarah
I have been smoking since I was 11 years old and am now 40 years old. Vaping has helped me quit smoking and I had tried all other options to help me quit. I was not successful with those other options but with vaping it took me 2 months of slowly switching over completely to vaping. I am now smoke free for the last 3 months. Vaping has also helped my wife quit smoking and I never thought she would quit. We both feel so much healthier than when we were smoking. I was smoking anywhere from a pack to a pack and a half a day and my wife smoked anywhere from 2 to 2 and a half packs a day. I'm so grateful for vaping.

Less than 1 year

03/15/2021

13711
Lauren
I smoked from age 14- 30. I tried quitting hundreds of times with the patch, lozenge. Chantix wasn't for me because of the emotional side effects. Only when I switched to vaping (started while smoking, titrated down to vaping exclusively over 6 month period) was I able to stop, and slowly lowered nicotine to now, a 3mg nicotine flavorless liquid. I think I would probably fall back to smoking combustible cigarettes if I wasn't able to vape, even to this day. The pull is that strong.

6-10 years

03/15/2021

13710
Amy DS
I quit smoking in 2015 after a breast cancer diagnosis and immediately looked for many types of vaping alternatives. Over the years the most readily available were from the tobacco makers and they had the highest nicotine. I have been looking to lower my nicotine use which has proven to be difficult because so many companies are being put out of business completely or restricted on what they can ship and retail locations offer very little. Cigarettes are a universal type of product, but in the e-cigarette and vaping world, the types of devices are prolific and confusing. One site offers these types of pens; another site doesn’t offer those at all, so then you’re looking at a whole new proprietary vehicle for distribution. I wish there wasn’t so much terrible stigma attached to the use of E cigarettes and vaping, because it is the only thing that got me off cigarettes. But I also understand how we got to this point when you have horrific evil companies like RJR Vuse and Juul ESPECIALLY who decided to target children.

6-10 years

03/15/2021

13709
Danny
I started smoking when I was 11, I am 37 this year. By the time I am in my 20s, I do more than a pack of cigarettes a day. I have hyperactive disorder at earlier age and could never focus. Even though It gets more mind as I grow up but still there. However, I know I need to change before cigarette would have ruined my life. I go cold turkey for 1 year but unfortunately I smoke again. Without nicotine, I tent to over-react to everything no matter how simple it is and the brain keeps wondering none-stop. I decide to try vaping to stop my cigarette consumption. Vaping saves my life because without it, I think I would have cancer by now at my 1 pack a day rate. The Bill does not help, it only makes it harder for responsible businesses to provide regulated products to correct customers. Worse, it opens more opportunities for illegal trades now with mailing difficulty.

6-10 years

03/15/2021

13708
Cherokeegamer
I have been Vaping 11 yrs. Before I started using my vapes I had smoked for at least 30 yrs & in that time I was in & out of the hospital with Pneumonia. I decided to try Vape s& now in the past yrs that I have been using my vapes no Pneumonia. I usually order my liquid & my vapors online. Please keep it available. Thanks

6-10 years

03/14/2021

13707
Bigknowledge
I started smoking full time at the age of 20. A couple of cigarettes a day habit soon turned into a pack and half habit over the next 20+ years. I knew that smoking was bad for me. Many times I tried to quit smoking by using nicotine gums and/or lozenges but in the end, I returned to smoking. Until a coworker introduced me to vaping in 2015. At my first attempt, I kind of enjoyed it but at that time I was really going through a tough times in my life, both financially and mentally so I smoked more than I vaped and eventually went back to cigarettes full time. Fast forward to 2017, I'm still a pack and half day smoker, but because I have a new career and my mind was in a better place, I decided to give vaping another shot but this time, it's a different result. I visited a local vape shop in order to get more information about vaping products and how to care for those products. The person at the vape store was so helpful and knowledgeable about the products he was selling. Because of his help, I was to quit smoking by using vaping products. As of May 2021, I have been cigarette free for the last 4 years. Although I continue to use vaping products, it has not caused any health issues. No coughing, shortness of breath or nausea. Because of vaping products, I can safely use nicotine without having to smoke a cigarette or use other nicotine replacement products that causes bad side effects. Vaping saves lives and I am forever grateful to the vape shop owner that helped me to quit smoking.

2-5 years

03/13/2021

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