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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
13452
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

04/15/2022

13451
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

04/11/2022

13450
Catoftheseas
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

04/11/2022

13449
T Luyster
I was a smoker/chewer for 15 non-consecutive years. I smoked for about 10, and dipped for 5. I started with my first cigarette, a Marlboro 100, that one of my cousins had stolen from another, older cousin, at 9, and started dipping in junior high at 12 til about 15 or 16, then back to smoking at 18. I tried for several years to quit- gums, patches, lozenges, cold turkey- nothing worked. I was resigned to die from a smoking related disease later in life. At 27, co-worker told me how he quit smoking with vaping. He let me try his; I figured “what the heck, let’s try it- the worst that can happen is I’m out $100…” That was in January of 2017, and I’ve been smoke and chew free since.

2-5 years

04/10/2022

13448
J sal
Smoking cigarettes took so much away from me for 14 years that vaping helped me enjoy more. Didn't have that need to take a smoke a break or have to smoke right now. I could vape and enjoy the flavors and enjoy my life more. Not having the smell of the stinkies on my fingers, hair and clothes. More appealing to be around of. I think vaping saved my life and for sure it was the flavors that helped me. Been vaping for a few years now. I can breathe again. Strawberry cereal milk is the flavor that changed my life. Please let me enjoy it in my state. Thanks

11+ years

04/03/2022

13447
Melanie T
I chose to vape because it is a better alternative to smoking, my lungs feel more clear and I enjoy the taste.

Less than 1 year

04/01/2022

13446
Brian Wilson
For 33 years, I just kind of got comfortable assuming that smoking would eventually kill me. I tried to quit. Cold turkey, patches, gums, hypnosis, etc. I failed over and over again and got more and more resigned to my fate. Then vaping came along. I quit pretty much day one. By end of week one, I knew I'd never smoke again. I'm tearing up as I write that sentence, remembering how amazing that felt. My health improvements were dramatic and miraculous to me and my family, and continue now. So much so, that when the opportunity arose, my son and I bought a vape shop, so we could help others, too. My health improvements were so dramatic that I gained hope for a longer life. Hope I wouldn't have had without vaping. So I started addressing other health issues and making other smarter choices. Can I find the right cholesterol med? Yes, I finally did. Can I make some healthier changes to my diet? Yes, I finally did. Can I exercise more now that I can breathe again? Still working on that one, one step at a time, please. Basically, at about 50, I realized I had more than 5 good years left, thanks to vaping. I thank vaping not only for helping me quit smoking, but for all the other smarter choices I make every day now. There are too many 'well intentioned', if not well-informed do-gooders out there trying to take this all away. Am I not as deserving of your good intentions? There are also too many Governors and state level politicians who aren't as well-intentioned. THEY know about the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, even if you don't. They sound like they're trying to protect you, but some if not all of their position is based on billions of dollars of big tobacco money that has slowed down on its way to the states, thanks to vaping. Don't bother looking into it if you don't think you are bright enough to follow a chain of causality for more than two steps. Otherwise, check it out. Please think. If you succeed in banning vaping and spreading misinformation in a way that closes my shop, you will be creating a situation in which lots of people go back to smoking, kids STILL get their smokes or Juuls exactly where they get them now, and a worse black market arises. And what's next? If you one win this one, government will be emboldened to think they can just declare a health emergency and take away something you like and support, and shut down businesses at will. I'm not against reasonable regulation and taxation of my business. I support ALL efforts to keep tobacco and vaping out of the hands of kids. I don't believe flavor bans have anything to do with this. I'm 58. I like candy and fruit flavors, too. A flavor ban puts me out of business, while the Juuls and other high nicotine pre-filled units stay right where they are now, right where your kids are getting them, next to the cigarettes, and owned by the same big tobacco companies. Just asking you all to think through the issue a bit more, and keep the millions of people like me in mind when you do.

6-10 years

04/01/2022

13445
Jim Davis
10 year Anniversary post to go with my 3 others. Time for ALL Seniors to rise up and fight like PAVE, ACS/CAN and all the other groups that could care less about helping those of us that have life experience they won't understand until they are our age, and it's too late to undo what they have done.

6-10 years

03/30/2022

13444
Kemishdo
I don't vape anymore, I stopped in 2016. I vaped for approximately 2.5 years. I had smoked cigarettes for 36 years when I quit, on day one, after receiving my first vape device. My parents had wanted me to quit for years, so on my birthday in April 2014, they took me to a local vape shop and purchased my first device. I started at 12mg since I always smoked light cigarettes, but quickly reduced to 6 because it was too strong for me. After the first year I was down to 3 and later had to start mixing 3mg with 0mg to create 1.5 and eventually went to O then quit altogether. I believe I actually vaped a little longer after the nicotine addiction was gone because it was a hand to mouth addiction at that point I had to kick. I went through many devices during that time, it was a fun hobby. I had tried to quit smoking several times without success. Tried cold turkey several times, I would get irritable, and my husband begged me to start smoking again, LOL. Vaping was the only thing that worked for me, and I recommend it to everyone who is having a difficult time quitting cigarettes. It is now 6 years later and I do not vape and I do not smoke, and I feel great!

2-5 years

03/30/2022

13443
Gary
I had smoked 20 a day for over 30 years, I tried the Nicorette inhalator pipe and patches but they made no difference. I switched to vaping initially at a very high nicotine dosage and alternated between smoking and vaping for about a month gradually cutting out the cigs, reduced the nicotine to 12mg then 6mg over the next 6 months but it still took me 4 years to completely quit vaping after that reducing the nicotine to 3mg then zero. Its now been 8 years without a cigarette and 4 without a vape and I don't get any cravings since then but during those 4 years if vaping had been restricted as in many countries it is now I would definitely have switched back to cigarettes. I used tank and drip custom vape kits rather than the mainstream vape pens mostly so that I could make my own coils and save more money but without any form of vaping I know I would still be smoking.

2-5 years

03/29/2022

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