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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.

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
13426
Kurt Chastain
I have been vaping for a little over a year and a half after smoking for over a decade, it really has helped me, I can breathe better I quit coughing and I have not had any issues working out. I can’t understand why they would want to take harm reduction away from us, I would love to continue vaping, because I will just go back to cigarettes so please keep vaping alive.

1-2 years

03/12/2022

13425
DStat
I started smoking at 16. Thought I could quit by 19 when I joined the military. Boy was I wrong! After many failed attempts at NRTs available, I always found myself purchasing a pack of cigarettes almost on auto pilot. I joined the military and my craving for nicotine grew and I was smoking 1 1/2 ppd, AND dipping chewing tobacco. I had a couple more quit attempts with prescriptions and patches + gum and support. I started becoming a closet smoker trying to hide my addiction. I came to the conclusion that I would just be a lifelong smoker and die a smoker. In 2009, my first son was born. I decided that I needed to quit for him in order to not leave this planet while I was still young. I researched what was currently working for people and it was e-cigarettes. I purchased a starter kit and when it arrived, I filled up the cartridge and gave it a shot. Wow. "This could really work" I thought. And it did infact work as I immediately stopped feeling the urge to light up a cigarette and inhale the smoke. I was content with the minty vape my 1st generation device produced. Now 12 years later, I can say that it has now been 12 years since I have smoked a combustible cigarette. Flavored nicotine vaping satisfies my urge to smoke and I feel 200% healthier. My lungs are clear as proven by multiple years of imaging at the VA.

6-10 years

03/12/2022

13424
Ashley
I started smoking cigarettes at the early age of 16 yrs old, just to be like the "friends" I surrounded myself with! Over time it progressively became more and more, with age and the stresses that life throws at you! Being in the bar scenes in my early 20s, alcohol played a major role, it just seemed to go hand & hand! I could smoke a whole pack by that point!! I was disgusted, I couldn't tolerate smelling like a walking billboard for those smelly sticks any longer!!! I sought other ways, essentially cold turkey and gum, but had no luck! Next I found VAPING! It started off with just trying something similar to taste like the menthol brand I had began smoking with @ 12mg level! It worked for a good time, but would still find myself going back to a cigarette frequently (with alcohol involved.) It wasn't long after, I finally tried FLAVORS!! That right there FOLKS changed my LIFE!! I started at 12mg, went straight to a 6mg shortly After! While currently at 3mg with ZERO MG next up!!! I haven't smoked a nasty cigarette since FLAVORS were introduced into my life! Which I'm very thankful for!! It's a Game Changer And I recommend to anyone willing to stop 🚬☠️ 🚭 P.S I hope our Testimonies are being heard and taken seriously. It in fact HELPS TREMENDOUSLY 🙏! ✌️&❤

2-5 years

03/12/2022

13423
Jay T
I started smoking in 1978 at age 14. I also started smoking pot at the same age (!). We smoked cigarettes when we couldn’t find any pot. Unfortunately, I kept smoking both. And then the drug situation progressed. Eventually I became addicted to heroin and cocaine. I was forced to quit for a few months when I ended up in jail, but smoked the day I was released. I was able to sober up in 2010, but still could not stop smoking. Quitting cigarettes was harder than quitting heroin and cocaine. It wasn’t just the nicotine. It’s the ritual, the inhalation and exhalation and all of the other behaviors that vaping mimics. Anyway, at various times I tried Chantix, gum, patches. Nothing worked. My wife discovered vaping first. After two years of false promises, I finally switched in 2015 and haven’t looked back. I’m 57 years old and use “kid friendly” flavors exclusively. My lungs to date are officially clear. And I’m still sober.

6-10 years

03/12/2022

13422
Jeff
I started smoking cigarettes at the age of 16 and smoked for 20 years at the end I was up to 2 packs a day! I had tried to quit several times over the years (patch, gum, cold turkey, hypnosis) and nothing worked. I was told to try vaping as way to step down. So, at my at the time 8 year old daughters request I quit smoking and started vaping with pens at first starting at 24mg and have changed devices over the years to a tank and atomizer Mod. Today I haven’t had a cigarette in over 8 years and can’t stand the smell of them and have got myself down to 3mg next step is zero. To anyone that wants to quit smoking this is the only way to do it in my opinion

6-10 years

03/11/2022

13421
Cloud city wi
I smoked my first cig at 13. I am now 43. I walked into a vape shop after one opened in the city I live in. I was tired of waking up coughing and always out if breath and just not feeling good. I bought a vape it was the old ****** ***. This was back in 2014. At first dual used but a week after that I stopped smoking cig altogether. I vaped for 3 years then went back to smoking. I did quit again and started vaping again. I'm 43, in good shape, can run with my kids, don't get winded walking down the street and love that fact and finding such a open subculture with vaping and the drive that all of us have to save our freedoms and to be able to vape and I know that vaping saved my life.

2-5 years

03/11/2022

13420
fredy nola
cigarettes have killed billions and billions of people around the world. The greatest killer of all times. vaping saves lives by keeping people off cigarettes. if you are of leangle age you should have the right to buy any flavor you want. buy the way as fare as kids buying online you have to use a credit card kids don't have them, i guess Biden and fda cant figure it out .do away with vaping every one goes back to cigarettes cancer will sky rocket

2-5 years

03/09/2022

13419
CiA
WILLIAM QUIT SMOKING WITH ECIGS. William is 69 years-old, and lives in Florida. William quit smoking with ECigs. William began smoking at the young age of nine. By the time he was 13 years-old, he was a pack a day smoker. By the time he reached his 57th birthday and a 2 pack a day smoker, he had had a heart attack. During his youth, William spent some time in a juvenile detention facility. It was then that he realized how addictive smoking was. Deprived of his cigarettes while he was in detention, he experienced withdrawal symptoms so intense his wardens thought he was coming off an illegal substance. Growing up in Pinellas County, William had always been athletic. He set records in track during his high school years. He was a weightlifter. After his recent heart attack, William’s doctor told him to get off cigarettes. “He told me I would be dead in ten years if I didn’t stop smoking.” William tried the nicotine patch, but he found it to be too expensive. Then in 2012, William tried electronic cigarettes, and he hasn’t looked back since. William’s doctor found that William’s lung function has improved “100%”. William has better energy. His wife is an ex-smoker, so she is very happy with the fact that William is not a smoker anymore. Now that he is using e-cigs, William said that he will never, ever go back to regular cigarettes. As William pointed out, regular cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Many of these chemicals are toxic or carcinogenic. “I can smell it a mile away if someone has smoked a cigarette.” Many people who switch to e-cigs report the same sensitivity to the smell of cigarettes.

11+ years

03/05/2022

13418
Michael
I started smoking cigarettes at age 12. I was an extremely curious kid with unchecked ADHD. I started by stealing long butts out of my stepdad's ashtray. This turned into stealing his packs of cigarettes. I then started to get older people to go into the store for me. I was already super hooked by the time I turned 18, and could purchase them on my own. I continued to smoke all through my 20's. I had tried to quit multiple times through my 20's. I tried patches, gum, lozenges, candy, carrot sticks, cinnamon sticks, mentholated cough drops, and cold turkey. None of them worked for even 24 hours. I basically had committed to die with a cigarette in my lips. I met the woman who would become my wife at 28 years old. She had 2 very young children who I quickly fell in love with like they were my own. She was also smoking cigarettes. We never smoked in the house due to concerns over secondhand smoke. We began to realize how much time smoking cigarettes was taking away from our family. We also began questioning if we'd be alive long enough to have a relationship with our possible grandchildren. Vaping was very new. It had only been invented a few years earlier. I was tired of going outside to smoke while trying to be musically creative in the basement. I picked up a disposable e-cigarette at the gas station one day to see if it would help me not stay outside when I wanted to be inside playing music. It tasted terrible and wasn't very satisfying. But, I didn't go out for cigarettes nearly as much. I then became a dual user. I would smoke combustible cigarettes 80% of the time and use an e-cigarette 20% of the time, really just so I didn't have to go outside. After my then girlfriend and I turned 30 years old, we really started to look at our mortality. We were having such a great time with our little family, we didn't want it cut short because of smoking. Our kids were planning a 2 week vacation with their grandmother. We decided to try to quit together while the kids were gone, so they didn't have to deal with our withdrawal. She wanted to quit cold turkey. I knew that wouldn't work for me, maybe I'll try switching to vaping. I knew the little disposables at the gas station wouldn't keep me satisfied, so we started looking for other options. We found a little kiosk in the middle of the mall that sold cig-a-like devices with replaceable carts. They had like 8 different flavors, this was very much preferred over the tobacco and menthol only flavors the disposables offered. I purchased 2 devices and some cartridges and we set a date to quit while the children were away. The day came, July 14th 2013, and we quit. Strawberry was my quitting flavor. Quitting smoking was still one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I still had physical withdrawal from cigarettes even though I was still getting the nicotine. I felt horrible. I would cry myself to sleep and wake up at night in tears. I felt like I had lost my best friend. But, my new vape was there to help me when it got too hard. After about a week, all those feelings had left me. After about a month, I could say that I really didn’t want any more cigarettes. As long as I had my vape, I would be fine. The cigarette cravings have never left me, though I have no desire to return to them. I’ve been combustible tobacco free for almost 9 years now. My vape devices have changed a few times over the years. I started with the cig-a-likes from convenience stores and the kiosk at the mall. They left a lot to be desired. A vape shop opened up near my house and workplace about 6 months after I made the switch. I had co-workers that had started to go in there, and they encouraged me to do the same. I was blown away by all the different devices and flavors that were offered. I settled on an ego style battery with a nice big tank. I found a grape menthol flavor that was really good. This set-up was a lot better than the cheap carts, that were really expensive, that I was using. The flavor was much better. I felt that now I had a device that was satisfying, I really could get cigarettes out of my mind. This was temporary though as just as fast as that shop had opened, they closed their doors for good. I’m not sure why. This led me to search for a good alternative. At this time, the vape market was changing quickly. The juices and devices that I was using were going out of fashion. I was always told at the vape shop, “if you’re satisfied with the device you’re using, don’t switch to these higher powered devices.” I did manage to locate an online e-juice supplier that would hand craft the juices per order. I could select the PG/VG ratio and nicotine level. These were super high quality and I felt I could live forever with my ego device and 60/40 PG/VG ratio at 18mg/ml nicotine. My favorite flavors from them were apple, blueberry bubblegum, cereal with milk, and lemon meringue pie. In 2018, the day after my birthday, I started having very bad abdominal pain. I was hospitalized in March. The treatment was literally no food or drink for 24 hours. The pain was gone and they sent me out with more questions than answers. I followed up with my primary care and he sent me to a gastroenterologist. There they gave me a colonoscopy and found I had very bad diverticulitis (small pockets in the colon that waste gets trapped in and infects). They also found that I had 2 large precancerous polyps. The polyps were biopsied. The pain didn’t stop. If I ate food, I would be in horrible pain. I had lost 35 pounds in a couple months. They had found that the diverticulitis had developed so much scar tissue that I had a partial blockage. I asked what would cause this type of issue. The answer was clear, poor diet and a lifetime of cigarette smoking. I had 18 inches of my colon removed. I’ve been back for 3 more colonoscopies since the surgery. The precancerous polyps have not returned. There’s also no more cigarette tar in my colon. Everything was going wonderfully until the PACT-act came into existence. Once the mail order business was shut down, I could no longer get my life saving medicine. Another one of the companies that helped save my life was put out of business very quickly. At this same time, my older devices were showing their age. I found it impossible to continue using the ego style devices that I liked. I couldn’t find anything online as all the dealers were shut down. I had purchased a year's worth of juice right before the PACT-act was instated. I decided that instead of beginning to smoke again, I would try some of my local vape shops again. I had not had good experiences in the past there. What I found was that they only sell what was popular, high powered devices and juices to work in them. I was at an impasse, and I chose to modernize my set-up. That was just this year, 2022. Currently I’m using sub ohm devices. There are pros and cons to these devices. The flavors available for them are spectacular, my favorites being strawberry glazed donut, blueberry cake, banana cream pie, and cereal with milk. The devices themselves can be overkill sometimes. I started with 6mg/ml nicotine and quickly found that to be too much. I’m now using 3mg/ml to good effect. The clouds that these devices put out really bothers my wife, but she remains fully supportive in my journey to not smoke. I’m currently looking for a more discrete device. It’s hard as my local stores don’t sell anything like that. Federal and local restrictions have made it very hard to find the right vape device for me. New taxes have increased the price of vaping to be almost equal to smoking cigarettes. Proposed legislation would have vaping be more expensive than smoking combustible tobacco cigarettes. I hate to admit it, but I’ve thought about smoking again as it’s becoming increasingly hard to find quality vaping supplies. And, I fear it will only get worse as more restrictions are enacted. Vaping saved me from colon cancer. I can breathe easier now than all through my 20s. Vaping has the power to save millions of people from smoking related illnesses. Vaping is healthcare.

6-10 years

03/05/2022

13417
A@gurno
I`m a 52 year old, from Mexico City and smoked for over 30 years, many attempts to quit smoking with no success until one day, 4 years ago, i saw someone vaping and asked about it. In a matter of 2 weeks with great effort i finally quit smoking thanks to vaping, im very thankful of that because it saved my life and vaping can save thousands more !

2-5 years

03/04/2022

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