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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
MaRanda Jones
I started smoking at 15 years old. It wasn’t because I liked the flavor or because there were different flavored cigarettes available. No! It was partly because I was told not to by my parents and because my friends were doing it. Now nearly 18 years later, I’m smoke free for over 3 years! I tried other NRT's such as gums and patches to no avail. I had also heard many horror stories about the pharmaceutical options from family and friends, so I was too terrified to go that rout. It wasn’t until I found a delicious Strawberry Cream eliquid in 6mg with a mod that fit my needs, that I put down cigarettes and never looked back. The great thing about Vaping is there is a product for everyone. Everyone quits in their own way and Vaping helps that. Since I quit smoking over 3 years ago, I my overall health has improved. I can breath better during physical activity. I can taste and smell more vividly. I just feel better. Everyone deserves the chance to chose a 95% less harmful alternative the way I did.


Maria Scott (Clearwater, FL.)
My name is Maria and I am a former smoker 17 years, it was terrible my clothes stunk, I had a terrible cough and I knew it was bad but it was so hard to quit. I had heard of this vape shop liquid lizard and thought I would give it a try and I loved it! I was smoke free within a week, I couldn't believe that it actually worked and it was safer, 4 ingredients compared to the 4000 chemicals that our in cigarettes, not to mention my husband was happy because he isn't a smoker and never has been, its been almost 8 years now that I haven't had a cigarette!! I like vaping with sub-ohm tanks and it's funny because I have the fancy mods but I don't use them, I use my old school Subvod Mega TC made by kangertech. I am so thankful that vaping is around, because my quality of life is so much better and healthier. I don't have the nasty morning cough that I had when I smoked cigarettes, I can actually walk and breathe at the same time. I remember when I smoked, I would be winded after just walking to the end of the street. My kids don't have to smell cigarettes on me, because that is harmful for them as well. I just can't say enough about vaping, it has changed my life and that may sound corny but it has. Thank you for letting me share my story.


Robert Raymond Britz
Vaping has saved my life. I was a two pack a day smoker for over 20 years and tried Everything to quite. The patch, the gum, medication, cold turkey. Nothing worked. I have now been Completely cigarette free for over 5 years all thanks to vaping. I truly believe it saved my life.


Bob Richardson
Tried to quit smoking using all types of products, i.e., pills, patches, gum, etc. Smoked for 37 yrs. The only thing that got me off of cigarettes was vaping. Quit smoking cigarettes in 2013. Haven't had one since then. If it wasn't for vaping, I don't what I would've done. I use mods with a variety of ejuice of all flavors. I started with high nicotine and am done to almost no nicotine.


Julie B
I smoked about 12-15 cigarettes a day for about 5 years. I tried everything from the patch, to gum but I had no luck and my addiction was stronger than my willpower to quit. Not long after, I discovered vaping and I realized that my addiction to nicotine could be reduced significantly. I started vaping 2 years ago. I started using a salt nicotine device which has the highest nicotine content and gradually decreased to regular e-juice and now I am only doing 3mg of nicotine of regular e-juice vs 50mg of nicotine when I first quit cigarettes. I found an alternative that significantly reduced my nicotine intake without bringing back those anxious feelings of nicotine withdrawal. I found myself being able to go on runs without my lungs feeling like they were burning like I used to before I started smoking. I found myself alive again. I can’t tell you the negatives of vaping because it has brought nothing but positivity back into my life. I have noticed my fiancé (a non-smoker) is extremely more likely to kiss me, more than ever before in our relationship because I no longer smell like cigarette. Our home no longer smells like cigarettes. My friends see a better, more positive outlook on my life, just from the simple choice of switching from traditional combustible cigarettes to vaping. I am alive once again.


Debra Heaton
I started smoking cigarettes at 11-12 years old. Everybody smoked. A friend of mine in Jr. High smoked all the time and he blew smoke rings. Now that was cool and I want to learn. So I started smoking steady about 13 years old, 1971. Fast forward 42 years. My breath is hard to catch when I hike or run or even swim. I'm waking up coughing making it difficult to breath. So I decided to try to quit smoking and purchased the Nicotine patch. It may have slowed me down but I smoked cigarettes while wearing the patch. After the patch failing I didn't feel there was anywhere to turn for help. I continued to smoke until one afternoon working, at that time maintaining their grounds. The lady of the house we will call D. D had her twin sister visiting from out of state. Whom we will call C. C vaped and being concerned for D's well being she brought her sister the same setup she was working with. D tried it and did not like it at all. Well it definitely caught my attention. So I asked C about it and she to try hers. I took a draw off her 36 mg nicotine and I didn't want a cigarette for about 4 hours. I thought cool. As it turned out D & C decided I should have the pen. I was over joyed. That was September 4th, 2012, I haven't had a cigarette since. My nicotine level is 3 mg. I can run, swim, hike without wheezing or being short of breath. I haven't woke up coughing in years. My clothes no longer stink. It took me 3 years of trial and error to find the vape apparatus to suit me. I have learned that Nicotine is only addictive when delivered in a tobacco vessel. Such as a cigarette or cigar or pipe tobacco. I do not understand why the government relates vaping to smoking. They are two totally different elements. Now they want to ban flavors. They may as well ban different flavored ice cream. Nicotine being a neurotoxin,, when delivered in a tobacco vessel. After vaping 6 months I took a hit off a cigarette and it was terrible. D & C changed my life. Quitting smoking is the best thing I have ever done for myself.


I was a smoker for 38 years. I had Athsma, Emphysema and bronchitis and would get pneumonia every year. I was on C-Pap machine and oxygen and a nebulizer. I started vaping about 5 years ago. After a couple years of off and on smoking/vaping I finally was able to quit smoking for good. It was not easy by any means. Smoking is an addiction that I dare to say was the hardest thing I ever tried to quit. I was in and out of hospitals all the time. At one point that lasted about 7 years I was put on steroids for my breathing. Most people get off steroids fairly easily but every time they tried to wean me off them I would have another asthma attack. So i was kept on them for 7 years.Now since I have been vaping for the last 2 years with no smoking at all I have been I so much better health. I no longer use oxygen or the nebulizer machines. Don't have pneumonia or bronchitis anymore. I breathe so much better and my Drs are just amazed at how much better i am. I can walk a lot more than ten steps so now i take long walks with my dog. Life has been so much better since i started vaping and not smoking that other areas of my life ate better too. I've been able to lose weight and I'm healthier now than I was in my 40s and I'm now 65 years old. I am so thankful that a friend introduced vaping to me those few years ago. I'm a very happy healthy 65 year old woman.


I was a combustible tobacco smoker for 50 years. I started at 16 years old and eventually became to hate it, hated the taste but I couldn’t stop. I tried using nicotine Gum and lozenges to try to stop it didn’t work. Then I smoked and used those products. Nothing worked .I developed COPD emphysema severe case I almost died from respiratory failure 2 1/2 years ago I still couldn’t stop smoking combustible tobacco. I was introduced to vaping using Juul products until they stopped being able to sell the flavors as they were banned. I have since switched to using alternative mod vaping device which helps me not to inhale at all. So I am getting the enjoyment of smoking with the flavors with very low nicotine strength and the ritual of it without inhaling it and I get just as much pleasure. That would never happen with a combustible Another plus about vaping is there are different nicotine strengths which is good allowing people to completely get off of smoking if they so choose. I found that I smoke much less, it offered me having an alternative to combustibles to eventually step down on the nicotine and hardly smoke much at all now. That would not have been possible had I not had the opportunity to choose an alternative to combustible my health has improved greatly. My lungs are better I am not ingesting all of those hundreds of chemicals that are in combustable tobacco and ones that kept me hooked. I truly believe vaping is a much safer way to smoke. I don’t understand why the government is involved in any of this and if anything needs to be restricted from young people it is combustible cigarettes. It is thought that vaping will harm young people it is combustible tobacco that is doing the most damage but the government is not wanting to shut down tobacco companies. I think people should be looking at that fact and think about it. Please do not take away my rights and only allow combustible tobacco or Vape tobacco flavor. I don’t want to smoke combustible cigarettes I want flavored Vape‘s and I am a grown-up the government has no business in what I smoke. They don’t care about cigarettes or alcohol so why this and why now? Vaping has been around for at least 10 years. This only happened when Juul brought it main stream. Only thing I can think of is the government wants us to die. And big Pharma want to keep making money on medicines, and big tobacco wants to keep their profits up. It’s so obvious. Wake up people. The government has no business here. And if they do they should be in combustible tobacco, alcohol as well.


Copper Mine Ghost
I started seriously smoking cigarettes between the age of 18-20, that was in the 1972-74 years. I was married at age 23. My wife never smoked. Before the stop smoking aids came out, (patches, lozenges, etc.), I quit cold turkey a few times. It would last a few weeks to a few months. In 1982 I went back to cigarettes and tried the smoking cessation aids. They helped a little and helped me to cut down, but never a total, long-term quit. While I smoked I was a pack a day consumer, sometimes a little less. I had quitting "buddies" this helped a little. This cycle went on until I semi-retired and took a part time job where my coworkers were younger than my own son. By this time I was down to several cigarettes a day still trying to quit. A number of them vaped and were happy to share their experiences. This convinced me to try vaping. I settled on a juice setting of 50/50, 15 mg nicotine, unflavored. After starting to vape I no longer smoked cigarettes, nor had the urge to. My particular level of vaping is half the cost of cigarettes, I feel better and am happy with my decision. I wish I had this option 30 years ago. No cigarettes, or any other tobacco use for 8 years now, FANTASTIC!


Steven W.
I started smoking at 18 and was mostly a half a pack a day smoker, preferring menthols. 5 years later wanting to kick the habit of combustible cancer causing cigarettes, I had heard of a few friends having success quitting by using (vape devices)ENDS. Being curious about a potential safer alternative I went to a local vape shop and the owner was happy to help me with my first vape setup. He told me his story of how he had been a 2 pack a day smoker for 40 years and how his nephew had gotten him into vaping. He was able to quit smoking and felt (as I do) that vaping is a healthier alternative, so he started his vape company. I started at 12mg nicotine e-liquid and I stayed at this level for quite some time. Fast forward almost 5 years (and multiple different devices) I’m on 6mg and looking to switch to 3mg. I currently use a refillable pod system - I find the convenience and ease of use my favorite type of vape setup. I haven’t had a cigarette since July of 2016! Wrapping this up I would just point out the health effects that vaping has had on me - a Significant drop in blood pressure, and a normal lung capacity and function. Please read Public Health England’s key findings from their study concluding that vaping is At Least 95% less harmful than combustible cigarettes (PHE was 2 years ahead of the United States Surgeon General’s warning about the dangers of smoking cigarettes).


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