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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
Barry Johnson
I started smoking at 16 years old and smoked 1 to 2 packs everyday for 44 years. My wife wanted us to quit so we went to the doctor and got a prescription of Chantix. That didn't work out at all, we ready to kill each other. We went to a family members funeral and her cousin and his girlfriend had Electronic cigarettes. My wife liked it and wanted 1. A guy I worked with showed up 1 and I asked him he bought it. My wife and I went to ***** **** in Florence Alabama. A very friendly lady showed us all the different vapes. I chose a high nicotine dose to help replace the cigarettes. It took a week or so for it to finally start satisfy my cravings. Then whenever I started to notice the juice lasting longer I would cut back on the nicotine strength. I vaped for a total of 13 months and layed it down after smoking cigarettes for 44 years. When I started vaping I couldn't stand the tobacco flavors, I only vaped strawberry and watermelon. I hope this helps someone who is trying to quit


D. Dare
I used cigarettes for 30+years. The last eight years of use, I developed a horrible sudden onset cough. It would scare people around me! Also would cough in my sleep, disturbing my husband's sleep. I went into working in medical settings. Close quarters with patients. I reeked of the smell of cigarettes. Very embarrassing for me! The money spent on this awful habit was substantial. I did not want to think about it, but I knew that I would no doubt, develop emphysema and or COPD! Destroying my quality of life. I tried using the nicotine gum and lozenges. They just made me feel sick. They were expensive. I gave up trying to quit cigarettes. My husband did manage to quit entirely. Thank God. Another friend of mine used a vape. And encouraged me to try it. I completely stopped cigarettes. Using my vape, IN ONE WEEK MY COUGH WAS GONE!!! I do not cough anymore! I do not stink anymore! I have a lot more savings in my bank account! I also go for MANY hours without thinking about using my vape. Switching to this vape technology dramatically improved my quality of life! And my golden years will be golden. I am so happy that cigarettes are no longer thought about, thanks to my vape. I am feeling so much better! The vape has liberated me in so many ways.


A Cabral
I have been vaping for 6 years now. Previously I smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day for 40 years. I had a bad cough, my breathing was terrible and my Doctor was was worried about my Pulmonary function. I tried many different methods to quit from nicotine gum, the patch and even hypnosis. None of those worked. Now I vape and I no longer cough and my breathing is much better. My lung Dr says my pulmonary function is better than it has been in many years. I am an adult, a voter and I intend to continue vaping. I am tired of my rights and freedoms being taken away from me. You won't take away liquor, weed or guns, but you have to go after our vaping. My cousin, my sister, friends and my brother have all been vaping for years now & their health has improved as well. I will buy from the black market if I have to. I would rather continue to buy from a place where it is safe and I know exactly what I'm getting. Cigarettes have so much more harmful toxins in it besides just nicotine, vape does not. Thank you please do not take away my right as an American to vape.


Anthony S.
Hi I've been vaping for almost 5 year's now. Mod style vaping with tanks. I had seen people with these odd style boxes and tanks and didn't know what they were at the time. I came across some extra money playing video poker and decided I would look for a vaping store. To my surprise I walk into one and I seen someone that I knew and it was his vape shop. Very strange coincidence. I bought a ***** 50 watt box and a ***** tank and haven't looked back. I remember keeping the 2 packs of cigarettes in my car just in case I didn't like it. I ended up giving the cigarettes away about 3 weeks later. I'm glad I made the change. My car no longer smells like cigarettes. I have many more options on flavor to vape. My life changed from a smoker to a vaper and seems to be a lot better. I no longer cough as much. I had smoked for about 20 years. Thank you for a different way out vapers


I will be 67 tomorrow. I smoked cigarettes from the young age of seven. I quit July 23, 2013. I was diagnosed with COPD. I, like many others, had wanted to quit. I couldn’t do it til I learned about Vaping. It was a breeze after that. I laid down the cigarettes and never picked them up again. I have never had an event with the COPD. My oxygen level is still at 99%. The doctors don’t understand why. I still use 24 on my nicotine level. But I heard from medical staff, by ease dropping, that the nicotine go out of body thru a body’s urine. I have been smoke free for seven years. When people were dying due to vaping, my first response was, people are buying over the internet from third world countries to get a cheaper price. My advice is to make sure you are buying from a reputable U.S. company. Let the TDA check them out. It’s ok. It keeps us safe from bad, killer vape juice. I had tried patches, several different oral and drug medications. They didn’t work. The vaping worked instantly.


Kym F
I smoked for 18 years, 2 packs a day for the majority of that time. I was UNSUCCESSFUL in quitting despite trying Chantix, Wellbutrin, nicotine gum, nicotine patches, the Nicotrol Inhaler and hypnosis. About 7.5 years ago I discovered vaping. I first tried a tobacco flavor which I personally found unpleasant so just stuck with my combustibles. A few months later I went to a local vape shop and picked a fruity cereal flavor and was cigarette free within 2 weeks. I have been able to be taken off blood pressure medication, taken off the Symbicort inhaler and have not had bronchitis in 7 years. Thankfully I had a Doctor who was on board with me making the switch & Pulmonary Function tests confirm my lung improvement! To this day I use fruity flavored e-liquid and regulated mods of several sizes to stay free from combustible cigarettes.


Kelliegh Stewart
I started smoking when I was 9 years old. I would steal cigarettes from family members when they weren’t looking. By the time I was 18, I was smoking 2 packs a day. For the next 15 years I would make sure I had cigarettes at any cost. One day, I was 31 and my husband suggested I try a strawberry candy flavor. I was in love. A 20+ year habit I never thought I would be free of was finally gone.


Rob Roberts
I smoked for 35+ years. I lost my wife of 18 years to Lung Cancer and I figured I would suffer the same fate because I could not stop smoking. Vaping saved my life nearly 10 years ago.


Tammy Wolfanger
Cigarette smoker for 42 years. Tried many methods to quit with no success.. I discovered vapeing. After a few weeks I was able to breath easyer, felt better physically, I even was able to cut back on the need to have nicotine, meaning I vaped less often than I did puffing on a cigarette.. Best part I can number the vape juice ingredients on one hand..


Alex Mason
I smoked cigarettes for 10 years starting at the age 11 and have been smoke free for 3 years using vaporizers and Naked 100 ejuice. My lung capacity has improved greatly and I no longer suffer from respiratory irritation due to use of cigarettes, which went away after the first year of using a vaporizer instead of cigarettes.


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