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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.

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  • 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
Rhonda Auld
I’m a 67 year old mother of 4. I smoked for 42 years, half heartedly tried to cut down/quit smoking to no avail. I tried patches, gum, lozenges but no success. Then on Aug 16, 2018 I left the house with a pack of cigarettes and a vape set up my sister gave me to try out. I began vaping and it was enjoyable (French vanilla flavor). I had a 4 hour trip and an hour in, I realized I hadn’t lit a cigarette, so I thought I’d see how long I could go without smoking. It’s been over two years now. I never lit another cigarette and have no desire to do so. I tapered off of 18 mg to now using 6 mg nicotine. Vaping saved my life. My doctor is thrilled I’m not smoking. My dentist is thrilled. My kids, including 2 who vape, are thrilled. It makes no sense to ban vaping products, especially flavors when it’s helped so many people quit smoking. It should be my choice, like driving a car, bungee jumping or hang gliding, which also has some risk. I still can’t believe I was able to quit smoking in one day. It’s nothing short of a miracle.


Fred R. Dalton IV
I started smoking when I was 13. Both my parents smoked. I would steal cigarettes from my mom. I tried to quit many times with patches, gum, and lozenges all to no effect. I tried vaping and was a dual user for almost a year and one day I noticed I didn’t have a cigarette at all that day. I had smoked for over 35 years and vaping saved my life. I still vape my raspberry at 3 mg and am trying to cut it down to 0. Vaping flavored nicotine in my mech mods was my key to freedom from combustible tobacco. I am now 6 years smoke free and still enjoy vaping flavored nicotine. Vaping, mixing and making my own coils have become a calming hobby for me.


I quit smoking10 day's after trying the ecig. I did not intend to quit. I have enjoyed smoking for 35 years or more. Quit on accident one day I had a real cig burning in ashtray came back to it picked up the ecig instead and realized I was done smoking. Never went back . I have vaped now ever since 2013. Love it! No ill effects at all. I haven't even had a cold in all this time. I like that there is no smell from tobacco. No coughing, I currently use black cherry nicotine and love the flavors. I quit with snickets flavor. Please do not do away with the flavors.


Brian Creawford
I started smoking cigarettes at age 18 and limited myself to One pack per day. I grew up around smokers and regularly saw people chain smoking 2 and 3 packs per day so I set my limit at One Pack and never more than that. I smoked for approximately 35 years and always thought I could quit, Until at age 47 when I Tried To Quit And Couldn't !! I tried flavored cigar type smokes and that didn't help any. I tried an *-*** e-cigarette and they tasted foul, and didn't satisfy my urges to smoke cigarettes and were actually MORE Expensive than buying cigarettes where I lived at the time in Florida where a pack of Pall Mall 100's was a mere $2.67 so I ended up going back to cigarettes. This was all during the time when the government was attacking smokers and taxing the hell out of cigarettes, so I switched to rolling my own cigarettes with a Top-O-Matic rolling machine and filtered tubes and bagged tobacco I got at my local smoke shops. THEN the government attacked the people rolling their own cigarettes by taxing bagged tobacco so much that it doubled the cost. It seemed like every time they made something near impossible, people would switch to a different solution, only to have THAT solution attacked and forced people to find another solution. It seemed like Pure insanity and we all were constantly being targeted as though we were Evil For Smoking. SO once bagged cigarette tobacco doubled in price everyone who was rolling their own smokes simply changed to Pipe Tobacco to roll their cigarettes with which ODDLY stayed the same price as it was prior even though it is basically the same exact thing as cigarette tobacco. Problem solved again and we all continued rolling our own smokes, while waiting for the next asinine attack on smokers. Well one day in 2017 a friend stopped by my home and they were using a vape pen called a **** brand vape and told me that I NEED to get me one of these. So I did get one just down the street at my local Smok Shop, now also Vape shop. I used Tobacco flavored e-juices and mixed that with flavors like Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry etc. but never got much flavor out of the Jomo vape pen. That same friend stopped by again about 6 months later while using a ******** brand Vape Pen 22 e-cigarette and suggested I get one of those. I tried theirs and soon after I bought one. The flavor was still very muted and I didn't notice a lot of difference aside from how it vaped better. I was using 24mg vape juice and six months went by and one day I realized that I had not even thought about smoking a cigarette even ONCE in all that time. I used the **** Vape Pen 22 for a couple of years along with e-juices at 24mg and replaced it with the exact same vape pen when they broke or failed. I broke the glass a LOT with those because it would always fall on the ground getting out of the car. So in the Spring of 2019 I decided to go back to Ebay to get something other than my usual **** Vape Pen 22 so I went to Ebay like I had many times and picked out a ******** *** Mod Starter Kit and WOW, what a difference it was from the dinky little vape pen, I loves it ! I vaped that *** mod for several months and that is when the "Mysterious Lung Disorder" stories started popping up all over the mainstream media and I knew immediately there was something more to that than just vaping regular nicotine e-juices, because I had been vaping 24mg e-juices for over two years and had absolutely NO issues whatsoever, other than the fact that my breathing was much better and my coughing had completely stopped as well as my wheezing. I saw a lot of Fearmongering gong on with Anti Vaping campaigns trying to convince everyone that vaping was seriously dangerous and can kill you. Bullocks I thought and kept right on vaping in the face of their obvious lies. But December 2019 rolled around and the Anti Vaping Hatemongers were still going strong and I began to suspect that they might force new legislation that would make obtaining a new vape unit very difficult, so I decided at that time that I should get a spare Vape Mod or two and stock up on coils that the vape unit tank uses, to ensure I would be covered in the event of ridiculous legislation designed to once again Attack Whatever Solution Smokers are required to change to. So I went back to Ebay as usual and found there was NOTHING there !!! Dammit, when will the Smoker Hating END ?? Apparently with the onset of the so called "Vape Related Lung Disorder" and people's willingness to believe just any tripe they see on the news that the Blame Was Definitely On Vaping In General, which was the biggest pack of lies ever, but I imagine outlets such as Ebay and Amazon decided to remove and Ban All Vape Related Items from their platforms as a Pre-Damage Control move to protect themselves from possible frivolous lawsuits. It seems in today's world anyone is allowed to sue a business for no good reason or even a Non-Valid reason and it is downright scary to think that This is what our society has been reduced to. .... Running Scared !! I only used Ebay because I live on a fixed income and can't really afford high Vape Shop prices and it was the easiest way to find the best bargain, so I had to look elsewhere for a change and I am SO Glad I was forced to do that because it opened up a whole new arena for me to shop for vape hardware in the way of the thousands of websites of Vape Shops as well as Online Only businesses and even Chinese vendor websites. Wow, the bargains I could find !! I was very successful in getting a my "couple spare vape mods" and plenty of coils for my tank, but then also discovered I could get e-juices online cheaper than the crappy flavorless house brand e-juices I was buying at my local vape shop. Another WOW, I never knew my vape juices could taste SO GOOD !!! It was like night and day there was so much difference and the Prices oh my goodness the deals I found in clearance sections were not even to be believed ! I saved a fortune shopping online for all my vape supplies It was the middle of January and YouTube Reviewers were urging people to get into Do It Yourself e-juices to protect ourselves from impending idiotic Flavor Ban's brought on by the notion that Youth's were only vaping because of Flavorings. Never mind there are candy flavored hard alcohol and for some reason those don't make kids Drink, they have always had flavored Cigarettes and those never made Kids Smoke, but oh my God it must be the flavors that are making kids want to vape !! It couldn't be that they just want to vape because they want to be cool like their friends who have totally irresponsible parents that are dumb enough to purchase the $65 **** starter kits for them. NO, that Can't Be IT !! What a Joke this attack on vaping has become ! So anyway, I got some nicotine concentrate and some PG and VG and concentrated food flavorings and am now ready to make my own flavors, .... Just as soon as I use up all the various juices I already purchased for my "Just In Case" vape bunker. It was end of January when I decided it would be a good idea to start learning to build my own coils and get some rebuildable tanks so that in the event I couldn't get replacement coils, all I would need is a little bit of wire and some cotton pads to be able to continue vaping without even missing a beat. It looks like my notions had perfect timing too, because soon after the Corona virus hit China and all the factories closed and were not producing any vape hardware and it would only be a short time until March, April and especially May that would see empty vape shop shelves and increasing prices on what few items still remained. The only sale items at the time to be found were on disposable vapes and Pod Systems that all the warehouses were stuffed with as they expected those items to be huge sellers, but in the end that was about all that was left. The China lockdown finally ended and factories slowly began to roll out product, but getting U.S. warehouses restocked wasn’t as instant as many would have liked, so shortages continued and prices rose ever higher on things like replacement coils. I however stocked up on hundreds of coils before any of this happened so I wasn’t phased in the least. I also kept on buying more and more vape Mods and Kits, all through the spring until now, here it is June 2020 and I have no less than 45 different vape mods to choose from to vape on for the day and even more than 50 various juice tanks to use on them that it even makes deciding which one to use rather difficult. I am set for vape devices and I found such killer deals online on coils that I now have a Lifetime Supply that I will never be capable of using all of them and enough flavored e-juices to last a couple years and enough Nicotine Concentrate to make my own for a couple more years after that. So it was NOT flavored e-juices that got me off cigarettes for good, it was Vaping In General !! Realizing later how good my juices Could taste was certainly a big bonus though and it makes vaping that much more enjoyable to have such variety of flavors that you can always try something new and different. When I smoked cigarettes I found the constant, repeated attacks by "Smoke Nazi Types" to be both extremely aggravating and thoroughly unnecessary. It was as though they should find a hobby that does not encroach on the Rights Of Others To Enjoy Something That IS LEGAL !! But now that they have switched gears and decided to continue their evil campaigns onto the Vaping community, it just seems so excessive and Pathetic that they will use Any Excuse to further their attacks whether truthful Or Factual Or NOT and it is just ridiculous. Perhaps they should endeavor to discover something that they can do that does not impede others from doing something that is LEGAL, that they enjoy. Maybe they should all just go Masturbate and leave other people alone, or maybe the day will come that some other group of people will decide that they don't like whatever LEGAL thing the "Smoke/Vape Nazi Types" really enjoy and attack it into oblivion so they can feel the same kind of unnecessary wrath that they have inflicted on Smokers and Vaper's alike, for no good reason other than they are ill equipped to Just Mind Their Own Business !! At some point these people and groups need to realize that when their sole purpose is to suck all the joy out of the lives of others, that in the End it will be THEM that are the least popular with everyone around them and then they can all be Alone, Together. It sounds like a quite miserable existence to me, but what do I know, I will be happily vaping throughout their self made misery and hopefully will have occasion to blow big plumes into their miserable lives.


Alex Vaysberg
I smoked for 16 years. Smoking was a horrible habbit. To quit smoking I tried every option on the market: nicotine gums, nicotine patches, and Chantix. None of these products worked. I June of 2014 I tried vaping, and was able to quit smoking combustible cigarettes. As of now I state that: I am not a dual user, I don't smoke tobacco in any combustible form, and I rely exclusively on vaping products to stay off of combustible cigarettes. I use fruit and coffee flavors. Since I had switched from smoking to vaping I have noticed significant changes in my quality of life. I no longer cough in the morning, and I haven't been sick in years. Every year I check my lungs with a pulmonologist, and she says that I have lungs of a non smoker.


Ray Crider
I have been a smoker since 16, I am now 35 and have been vaping for a couple months. What vaping has really done for me is to be able to spend more time with my dad. He has been vaping for 10 years and I truly believe that's why he is still around. I can't imagine anyone seeing this as anything but a miracle to help smokers live longer happier lives in an obtainable way. I have tried the other nicotine alternatives and they were all a joke for a hard core smoker. I picked up my vape one day and never wanted another cigarette again.


Vapor Ninja
I smoked tobacco heavily for 35 years. Quit tobacco completely once I found the right FLAVOR that worked for me. FLAVORS were integral in my quitting, it's imperative to get away from the taste of tobacco in order to quit it. I developed COPD and emphysema. I wheezed at night in bed. My blood oxygen was around 89%. Vaping, after a short time, restored my oxygen levels to 98%, cleared up my lungs through observation via stethoscope, and my wheezing stopped. My doctor urges me to continue vaping. She has seen the studies, and seen the results first hand. Previously I had tried nicotine gum, patches, lozenges, counseling. They never worked. In fact I dual-used vape and tobacco together for a while before completely quitting tobacco all together. I am using nicotine for its beneficial and medicinal qualities safely and with a great flavor. My mouth saliva has returned, and I feel great. I no longer stink of tobacco, which was causing many people to avoid me. I recently had oral surgery and vaped during the recovery with no issue. I'm not a dentist or doctor, so don't copy me, but I'm saying, it was benign to the wounds I had in my jaw (however I DID take many precautions and treatments to prevent problems!). I built a vaping website with news and reviews, and continue to this day to educate and participate in forums and social media regarding the ins and outs of vaping. Vaping has even taught me about how electricity works, and Ohm's Law. If you are trying to quit and curious about vaping, I recommend you give it a try. I'm down to 3mg nicotine, a strawberry and cream flavor. Started vaping in 2012. Took a bit to get off the cigs completely for me, had to find a flavor that worked for me. I did. The vaping community is a great group of mostly intelligent folks, and I've made friendships and business partners thru the years of my vaping experience. It's been a great ride !


David Vestal
I smoked 2.5 to 3 packs a day for about 20 years. I tried all traditional pharmaceutical treatments and even some home remedies, all of which unsuccessfully. I found out about vaping through friends and gave it a try. It worked! I've been completely off combustible cigarettes for 5 years now. I'm in the best health ive been in since before I smoked. Vaping has changed my life for the better! I can exercise now, where I couldn't before because I'd lose my breath. The flavors that got me off the cigarettes, and are still a favorite of mine, is strawberry shortcake and strawberries and cream.


My mother smoked most of her 74 years. In 2008 I watched my mother die at home from lung cancer. I wouldn't want my kids to see the same as with me. 33 years a smoker. Upon returning back home to California I decided to walk into a vape shop. That day I laid down the cigarettes and never returned. By the way my husband walked in with me and he also left the cigarettes behind. Within the first 3 months we started to noticed a change in our breathing. In a year our Doctor was impressed by our lung function. No more wheezing. The smokers cough was gone. We are living proof that vaping is healthier. When we started vaping our choice of flavors was not tobacco flavor. Didn't want anything to resemble the taste of cigarettes. Now we own 2 vape shops. We helped thousands quit smoking. It's great to be included in their stories.


Caitlin A.- Rochester, NY
Truth be told, vaping has saved my life. I am currently 36 years old. I started vaping in 2013 as a way to finally quit smoking. I initially quit cigarettes but went back after about a year. I smoked cigarettes and vaped for awhile until eventually I put the cigarettes down and have been smoke free for the past 4 years and counting. I had tried everything before, “cold-turkey,” nicotine substitutes (patches, gum, etc.), and prescription Chantix. Nothing was working. So I figured why not give vaping a shot? I was 29 years old at the time I started vaping. After smoking cigarettes for almost 15 years, I was already showing signs of early COPD. I had chronic bronchitis and asthma and was put on COPD inhalers (Symbicort). I was also on medication each month for my bronchitis. When my doctor listened to my lungs, he was shocked. I could not take full breaths and had excessive mucus and flem. Within a couple months of vaping instead of smoking, my chest had cleared up to the point my doctor was shocked at how well my lungs sounded in his stethoscope. I could take full breaths again and he couldn’t hear all that “gunk” that he was hearing in them before. Flavored ejuice was a huge help in helping me quit. Cherry Peach Ice was the flavor that first got me off cigarettes. I know if I had vaped a juice without flavor or tobacco/menthol, I would’ve surely went back to smoking. I am also down to the lowest nicotine level I’ve ever been at. When I started vaping, I used 18mg and 24mg flavored ejuice. I now vape 3mg. I also got my dad to quit smoking after smoking cigarettes and cigars most of his life. He has been smoke free since he started. The only flavor he will vape is cinnamon/cinnamon-menthol. My father is 68 years old.


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