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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
My first cig at 9. Smoked 1 pk a day by 15. 2 pks a day by 19. Total of 40+ years. I tried patches, gum, hypnosis, pressure points, candy, brushing my teeth, empty straws, low nic cig, cold turkey and nothing worked. Quit or Die attitudes from everyone. I was made to feel like it was my fault. My husband bought 2 of the new ecigs like what FDA is now authorizing. I tried for 3 years, everyday. No luck. My last ditch effort was a mod with a new open tank gizmo with my choice of flavor. 12 hours after I got it, I knew it was going to work. Started with 24 nic and Strawberry vape. I love the taste but am allergic. Because it was a flavor I wanted and not tobacco it made me keep using the vape and not return to cig. Reduced nic to 6 now My BP went way down, no more migraines, lost weight, could now walk up stairs and ramps, stopped getting upper respiratory infections and in 3 years my lungs Cleared, no sign of Ever smoking. Turns out I have anxiety and the reason I had such a hard time stopping cig, was this. I was self medicating and did not know it. After being on meds my Dr gives his blessings to continue using vape because we both agree it helps better than the meds most of the time. Yep, Vape Saved My Life!

6-10 years


Marlene 62
I smoked cigarettes for over 40 years which led to a major heart attack. I started vaping soon after, the plain menthol flavor is all I have ever used.I have not even thought about a cigarette and my health is so much better.I am asking to please not ban these vapes because I will go back to smoking. I am really trying not to do that but you all are not giving us alot of choices.

2-5 years


In 2009 vaping saved my life. I had been a 2 pack a day smoker for 15 years, with constant bronchitis and lung issues. I had tried to quit cold turkey a hundred times, nicotine patches, gums, lozenges, counseling, and even tried medication with no success. I tried an electronic cigarette and some French vanilla ejuice and successfully quit smoking that day. Today my lungs are clear, and I'm healthier now in my 40's than I was in my late 20's. Flavored vaping saved my life.

11+ years


Having flavored vape juice with and without nicotine is what helped me stop smoking cigarettes after 10 years of smoking. I tried other smoking cessation products; patches, gum, and always started back up again. #myvapeismychoice #youdontownme

2-5 years


Rex Welshon
I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day from the time I was 15 until I was 45. Then I took up nicotine gum, but still smoked 5-6 cigarettes a day. A colleague suggested vaping. I bought a simple set up nine years ago and haven't had a cigarette since then. Not one. The hack is gone, the odor is gone, I breathe a lot easier, I've saved thousands of dollars, and I feel much better than I did. Vaping has been a game changer for me.

6-10 years


Amanda H
I smoked cigarettes from the age of 16 until I was 34. Thank God I found vaping as a safer alternative! I'd still be struggling to breathe! I am an adult. First I couldnt buy vape products online, which I get. But now the products I buy (berry flavored vape juice), with my ID, in a reputable vape shop, I won't be able to purchase? Putting bans on these products will NOT stop people from making it themselves which is so much more dangerous! Or going back to cigarettes! I had tried quitting smoking by every option. Chantix, gum, sucking a straw, nothing worked, for years, but then I found vaping. Vaping helped me! Please stop banning vape products in Maine & in other States in the US.

2-5 years


Tea Squirrel
I smoked for 34 years. Tried everything available to help me quit, to no avail. It wasn't until I found vaping that I managed to start dual using. After about 6 months of this (and cutting down heavily on smoking, coughing and clearing my lungs), I woke up one morning and decided not to smoke that day at all. To only use my vape device. That day led into another and another. Now, it will be 5 years in May that I've not had a cigarette. I will never go back, even if vaping is somehow banned. I must also add that flavors are what we need to quit. Tobacco and menthol are flavors that cigarette smokers need to get away from, not be the only option. I quit smoking with a flavor called Blueberry Waffle, not tobacco or menthol.

2-5 years


Steve M
I smoked for over 35 years and vaping was the only thing that got me to quit smoking. I tried the nicotine patches, the nicotine gums, and even tried to quit cold turkey and none of that was successful. Vaping has now allowed me to be smoke free for almost 6 years and because of vaping, I don't even have any desire to smoke a cigarette any more. Vaping changed my life, I have more energy and no more hacking cough in the morning! I also suffered from sinus infections and a couple of bouts of bronchitis every year as a smoker and have not had either since I switched to vaping. I owe my life to vaping, without it, no doubt I would still be smoking and probably would be in worse health. Vaping works and it saves lives! It sure saved my life!

6-10 years


Kevin Hallman
I am 43 years old and started smoking cigarettes when i was a kid. I have had a lot of health problems from smoking cigarettes. I have been vaping for 4 years and able to cut down on nicotine to help me quit smoking. My health problems have lessened since, I started vaping. I was also, able to quit because, of the various flavors that are offered. I am so blessed thanks to vaping because, I can live a healthy life and I am able to breathe better.

2-5 years


I started vaping in april 2016 after smoking for over 32 years. I tried everything to quit my 2+ pack per day habit that was slowly killing me. I started vaping in April and completely stopped smoking on July 4th, 2016 claiming my own independence for cigarettes forever!! I never would have quit if not for the dessert and candy flavored eliquids. Banning nicotine, synthetic nicotine or flavors would have me smoking again but I do not plan to quit vaping any time soon. My doctor said my lungs are strong as steel his words and he knows that I vape.

6-10 years


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