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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
Grandma D
Vaping was the tool that helped me quit a pack a day smoking habit that started when I was 17 ( I am currently 62 years old)I. Vaping has been an absolute blessing. Unfortunately I live in a state which through political propaganda, lies and the ballot box has now banned the sale of Vape products, but that won’t prevent me from buying Vape products as I live close enough to cross state borders to buy vape products. As an adult I should have the freedom of choice with regards to vaping.

6-10 years


I smoked cigarettes for 17 years and always ran out of energy quickly. My sister and her husband would go jogging and in the first month (while smoking) I couldn't keep up with them. Along with the lack of oxygen from smoking cigarettes I also suffered with bronchitis once or twice every year. In February 2016 I decided to invest in my first vape device and a bottle of e-liquid and the following month, not only could I keep up with my sister and her husband, but I could taste food so much better and no more bronchitis. I've been vaping 3mg e-liquid for almost 7 years now and it has been the only thing that has helped me kick smoking. Vaping in my opinion is a much safer alternative to smoking and a much needed one.

2-5 years


Robert Anderson
I feel that people over the age of 21 should have the right to vape any flavor of vape juice they choose. Tobacco causes cancer. Vaping is 92% heather than smoking.


Smoked from age 16 to 33. A proper addict. Lied about it., packs hidden in car and in locker at work. Tried vaping. Chose a flavor I liked, at a nicotine strength twice the level stated on my cigarettes. I quit in 2 weeks and slowly over 6 months ramped down the nicotine. I have never looked back. Tried 1 draw from a cigarette after 3 weeks. It made me wretch. Sense of taste, sense of smell, general fitness all improved. I put on no weight. Best move I ever made. I quickly learned to only follow UK based research and studiously ignore anything published in the US. So much is biased, the US establishment is turning this into another culture war for no good reason.

11+ years


I started vaping a little over 13yrs ago after doing my own research on vaping. I was a pack and a half cigarette daily smoker and looking for an alternative. At first I would vape some but still smoked cigarettes. As I finally changed over completely to vaping I started feeling better, food tasted better, and I realized that my health was improving. Over the first year and a half I found that my living environment improved dramatically. My clothes and home no longer reaked of tobacco smoke. My lung capacity was improving and I was able to breathe without coughing or wheezing. After about two years of vaping only I found that I had a lot more stamina and no longer struggled to breathe. My sleep improved significantly and my appetite improved considerably as well. I’ve decreased the nicotine content from 24mg to 3mg in a period of 6yrs. For the past 7rs I have stayed at the 3mg nicotine level. According to my doctor my lungs are clearer and my lung capacity has increased from 38% (when I smoked) to around 72% since vaping only. Unfortunately the damage done to my lungs from 55yrs of smoking can’t ever be fixed. But by vaping my lungs have recovered significantly. I don’t know if I will ever totally quit nicotine as it is an EXTREMELY ADDICTIVE Substance, but vaping has given me the ability to reduce the amount of nicotine and vaping for me seems to be less harmful. I no longer look like a chimney belching out smoke and now primarily vape out of the long term habit of smoking.

11+ years


I started to smoke at 13 years old. I'm now 32 years old, in the past 6 years I have noticed that my Stamina and Energy levels are getting worse. I couldn't walk for 1.5 Kilometers without having to stop at least one time to catch my breath, my skin looked oily all the time, my energy levels were depleted already in the morning after my first 3-4 cigarettes, felt lethargic most of the time, no motivation to do stuff and I have developed stomach pain as soon as I smoked my first few cigarettes. A month ago I switched to vaping and I have noticed within days that it's easier to walk long distances, no need to stop and people looking at me more often. I am more motivated to do something and have a bit more energy, people that know me for a longer time ask me what did I do to my face that it looks so clear and vibrant now, stomach problems are getting rare. Smoking for some people isn't making any difference but for some it causes whole lots of problems like for me. Since I vape my Diet has changed for the better, I rarely eat now fast foods and rarely drink sodas. I cant imagine what will happen in 1-2 years from now on if I continue this way... I use 6mg nic. Liquids ********** and ******* and the same with 3mg Nicotine. I use 6 mg when I'm out, on workplace or driving and 3 mg I use at home. Vaping is really a great way to stay away from Cigaretttes and to get you motivated to have a healthier Lifestyle.

Less than 1 year


Sara Fleming
I started vaping as a teenager (sadly) and wasn’t told much about it and decided to learn more after my husband started vaping Juul pods. Ive been in the industry for two years and I work at a vape shop that helps people quit smoking. I’m a huge advocate for vaping and have helped my husband and others switch over from cigarettes. I would like to continue to fight for vaping as I know from experience and others how helpful it is!

2-5 years


I've been a smoker for years and used something called snus( a swedish tobacco product that you put under your lip) for just as long. Since I have ADHD nicotine has always helped me with my stress. I quit smoking years ago but hasn't been able to handle my stress. It felt really dumb to start smoking again just to get the benefits that nicotine can have on someone like me. I found vaping and it is great! Now I can "smoke" without feeling disgusting or have any smell linger and I don't have to inhale a bunch of tar. I really hope that vaping stays because it has helped me a lot. I know it is still not the best for me, but I rather live a shorter life with nicotine than a life full of the extra stress I have felt for the last 5 years.

Less than 1 year


Former Smoker
I was ditching class one day, and my friend Patrick pulled out a pack of Marlboro. I was 13 at the time and in junior high. I lit the cig and nothing. Pat said to inhale, and I didn't cough. Instead, I got dizzy. My brain was roiling like I was high. I hugged a tree, and Pat said, good, you did it correctly. After a while, I did not get dizzy, and I was a regular smoker. Fast forward to 2015, and a buddy of mine shared a vape with me. Keep in mind I was still smoking, but after about a month of vaping, I bought a pack of cigarettes, lit one, inhaled the smoke, but then threw it away after getting sick of the smoke. The following week, I did the same thing; I smoked half and threw it away. After four cigarettes, I gave my pack to a friend. So for more than seven years, I have been vaping regularly, and now U get disgusted by the aroma of tobacco. I was nauseous in Vegas but got accustomed after being on the casino floor for a few hours. What was fun was that I was making clouds while gambling. Yes, people looked, but I didn't care. I just vaped away and enjoyed vaping in my room, the casino, and anywhere smoking is permitted. I intend to buy my products online.

11+ years


I smoked at least a pack a day sometimes more for 40 plus years since I started smoking at age 10 but of course only one cig a day of that! We smoked only when we could jack my aunties bare ass camels! Yuck! Anyway Marlboro menthol was my fav cig for over 20 years! In July in 2018 I decided to invest in a vape because cig were too costly so I bought a 75$ vape and 2 bottles of oil for a hundred bucks. Well that hundred bucks saved me so much money it unreal!! After the initial buy I was spending maybe 10$ a month!! Sometimes 5$! It’s been 4 years now and I have not tried not one cigarette nor do I want to or even think about it!! As matter of fact I can't stand the smell of cigs period! I feel so much better and I can feel how much more lung expansion I have!! No more shortness of breath going up stairs or just walking. I live my vape and I’m so glad they were invented!! Vapes have saved a lot of lives so idk how ppl can put it down when they know nothing about it!! And of course the cig companies are mad and highly upset because cig sales dropped drastically!! Sorry guys you all should of invented the vapes or at least came out with a brand of your own! I’m sure that a lot of the vape product is owned by the same cig company that’s making the complaints! Anyway I love my vape and won't stop just to start smoking cigs again!! Yucky!!

2-5 years


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