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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
13436
Peggy
Passing this bill will do absolutely nothing except force people back to using traditional cigarettes. Causing more and more health problems for millions of Americans. "Vaping" is a safer alternative with fewer health risks and the government is taking that option away for only 1 reason ... to put more profits into the pockets of big tobacco. Forget the benefits (health and financial) of vaping over tobacco, this is all about profit for RJR and Phillip Morris.

2-5 years

03/21/2022

13435
Jack Sandberg
I smoked two packs a day and sometimes three for almost 20 years. I tried Chantix that made me have horrible dreams and caused me to have suicidal thoughts. Getting off the Chantix was a nightmare. I tried to quit smoking for ten years and failed. I couldn't walk up a short flight of stairs without being out of breath and I coughed up stuff every morning. I suffered bronchitis several times a year and had bronchopneumonia several times. Vaping has likely saved my life! I am healthier at 55 than I was at 35. As an addiction smoking ruled my life. I had to have a cigarette close by at all times. With vaping I often forget where I put my mod because I don't need it constantly. I only vape 6% nicotine. I feel like vaping gave me back control of my life. I feel so strongly that I am publishing my name and would agree to testify in court about vaping. The fact that all attention has been directed to ant-vaping ads while smoking is still killing hundreds of thousands of people is a national tragedy! I voted for President Biden. If the President is truly for the People, then stand up for the thousands who have changed their lives for the better. Stand up for the thousands of lives saved because of vaping. Stand up against Big Tobacco!

6-10 years

03/20/2022

13434
ABWhitson
I have been tobacco free for 2 1/2 years. After I bought my way to quit smoking I was able to quit smoking very very soon after. It has been so much cheaper to not have to buy cigarettes all the time. It is so much better for my children to not have to smell cigarette smoke. It is so much better for my clothes to Not smell like cigarette smoke. It would be devastating for me and my family if you were to take away vaping.Vaping has changed my life and been so freeing and a better alternative to cigarettes. My husband also vapes and quit smoking tobacco. We love our tobacco free life.

2-5 years

03/18/2022

13433
Terry Holly
I smoked cigarettes for over 40 years. I tried quitting several times but failed everytime. I was a bartender for 15 years. Everyone smoked in the bar. My mom passed away in 2015. She was a heavy smoker. Although it did not directly cause her death, (she was 84) I'm sure it contributed. A year after her death my husband suggested we try vaping to quit smoking. For two months I did both. Then one day I didn't light a cigarette. Had a full pack in the cupboard. It sat there for 2 years before I threw it out. That was six years ago. I've had lung scans by the suggestion of my Doctor, and all is good. I'll never go back to smoking cigarettes. Like most people I started vaping with a high nic level and menthol flavored juice. Now I vape all the different flavors and dropped the nic almost entirely. I'm convinced it helps with anxiety too. The thought of going back to smoking makes me sick to my stomach. I owe my life to vaping.

2-5 years

03/18/2022

13432
Madihensley
Vaping has changed my life seriously. At 16, I was exposed to cigarettes by some coworkers and it caused some serious lung problems, and I became addicted to nicotine. Switching to vaping seriously saved my life. My lungs are back to full capacity and I’m absolutely healthy again. Banning synthetic nicotine will not just effect me, but millions of people who have switched to vaping for health and life style changes.

2-5 years

03/18/2022

13431
R. A. R.
I smoked a half pack of cigarettes a day for 18 years. I tried to quit many times, never successfully and always with much stress and many withdrawal symptoms. Nine years ago, I decided to try e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking. Without any stress, self-pressure or side effects, I weaned off of cigarettes in about two weeks. I have never smoked since. Not once. Nor have I desired to. The amount that I vape varies, but is very low. My lung capacity, breathing and overall health has improved dramatically. Anyone who tells you that vaping is as harmful as smoking is a liar or ignorant. If I am never able to completely stop vaping nicotine, I will still know that my health is GREATLY improved and I have successfully stopped inhaling the products of combustion. Vaping uses the same liquid used in nightclub fog machines. I know that if it weren't for vaping, I would still be smoking. If vaping had been banned, I would be so much worse off. I feel pity for smokers trying to quit if vaping is banned. Yes, keep kids from vaping. But my right to better health should not be over-ruled by concern about children. That is a straw-man argument born of our historical prohibition mindset.

6-10 years

03/18/2022

13430
T megin
I first started vaping June 4th 2013 the day after my uncle passed away from cancer. It took me a week to adjust but after a few days I could tell I was already on the right path. After six months I quit smoking the vape all together and never again vaped or smoked a cigarette. I believe in vaping and wouldn’t be as healthy as I am today without it. You guys should do this to cigarette companies that’s who’s killing people and you let them get away with it for greed what a shame keep vapes get rid of cigarettes save a life for once

Less than 1 year

03/14/2022

13429
Curtis
We have followed the FDA’s regulations and after doing so, we are still greeted with issues and negativity from the solutions we created. Not only has vaping saved my life, but the lives of countless others. When will people be allowed to live a healthier lifestyle and be able to do so without having to jump through hoops to get there? I ask you to not only to get rid of this bill but save the plethora of jobs that are created by vaping.

6-10 years

03/14/2022

13428
Ricky
We have followed the FDA’s regulations and after doing so, we are still greeted with issues and negativity from the solutions we created. Not only has vaping saved my life, but the lives of countless others. When will people be allowed to live a healthier lifestyle and be able to do so without having to jump through hoops to get there? I ask you to not only to get rid of this bill but save the plethora of jobs that are created by vaping.

2-5 years

03/14/2022

13427
C. C.
People use vaping as an alternative to cigarettes. It’s cleaner and less toxic. If this is such a huge issue then why isn’t the government taking down the big tobacco companies? Instead you guys want to hurt the Newer Wave of “smoking” and hurt all these Mom and Pop shops. Vaping has helped me deal with stressful situations, cope with anxiety and depression. So to essentially outlaw vaping would be ridiculous.

2-5 years

03/14/2022

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