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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
Former Smoker
I was ditching class one day, and my friend Patrick pulled out a pack of Marlboro. I was 13 at the time and in junior high. I lit the cig and nothing. Pat said to inhale, and I didn't cough. Instead, I got dizzy. My brain was roiling like I was high. I hugged a tree, and Pat said, good, you did it correctly. After a while, I did not get dizzy, and I was a regular smoker. Fast forward to 2015, and a buddy of mine shared a vape with me. Keep in mind I was still smoking, but after about a month of vaping, I bought a pack of cigarettes, lit one, inhaled the smoke, but then threw it away after getting sick of the smoke. The following week, I did the same thing; I smoked half and threw it away. After four cigarettes, I gave my pack to a friend. So for more than seven years, I have been vaping regularly, and now U get disgusted by the aroma of tobacco. I was nauseous in Vegas but got accustomed after being on the casino floor for a few hours. What was fun was that I was making clouds while gambling. Yes, people looked, but I didn't care. I just vaped away and enjoyed vaping in my room, the casino, and anywhere smoking is permitted. I intend to buy my products online.

11+ years


I smoked at least a pack a day sometimes more for 40 plus years since I started smoking at age 10 but of course only one cig a day of that! We smoked only when we could jack my aunties bare ass camels! Yuck! Anyway Marlboro menthol was my fav cig for over 20 years! In July in 2018 I decided to invest in a vape because cig were too costly so I bought a 75$ vape and 2 bottles of oil for a hundred bucks. Well that hundred bucks saved me so much money it unreal!! After the initial buy I was spending maybe 10$ a month!! Sometimes 5$! It’s been 4 years now and I have not tried not one cigarette nor do I want to or even think about it!! As matter of fact I can't stand the smell of cigs period! I feel so much better and I can feel how much more lung expansion I have!! No more shortness of breath going up stairs or just walking. I live my vape and I’m so glad they were invented!! Vapes have saved a lot of lives so idk how ppl can put it down when they know nothing about it!! And of course the cig companies are mad and highly upset because cig sales dropped drastically!! Sorry guys you all should of invented the vapes or at least came out with a brand of your own! I’m sure that a lot of the vape product is owned by the same cig company that’s making the complaints! Anyway I love my vape and won't stop just to start smoking cigs again!! Yucky!!

2-5 years


Suzanne Grundy
12.02.2022 Just an update - I dropped down to 3mg of nicotine in early 2016 when I started making my own e-liquid regularly. Sourcing good products takes a bit of time; however, it is still less expensive than buying pre-made e-liquid. I get my VG pre-mixed with 3mn nicotine and 50/50 it myself with PG. Flavors are all made in the US and are PG. I have to pay freight charges and buy in much larger quantities than before because no one sells just "a little bit" any longer. I have not smoked a cigarette since April 13, 2015. My VA doctors say my lungs have cleared and have no issues with my vaping. I haven't had bronchitis or pneumonia since I stopped smoking. Vaping has given me my life back. 11.14.2015 I smoked for 40 years, and was up to 4-packs a day - No More! Vaping has changed my life. Am I aware I'm still nicotine dependent? Yes. However, I started at 24mg and am now down to 12mg (and continuing to drop). I was a menthol smoker. Now I vape bubblegum. Leave us our flavors, please. No one minds my vapor. Everyone hated my smoking. I can climb stairs and not be out of breath. I can walk. I've lost weight because I'm able to be more active. I started smoking at age 12. I 'm now 53. I began the process of switching to vaping in early 2010. After a lot of soul-searching as to why I kept going back to cigarettes, I finally switched completely in April of this year (2015). By the way, I've tried everything to quit smoking - cold turkey, weaning down, patches... I stopped trying when all that was left was taking pills. Vaping made more sense. Don't make e-cigarettes and vaping go underground.

11+ years


Thanks to you guys banning vapes, my mom went back full on smoking cigarettes. It wasn’t her choice. She was way healthier vaping. But you guys said “oh adults don’t vape cheesecake flavors, or strawberry watermelon” literally watched the life sucked out of her as she smoked a pack a day. It wasn’t her trying to keep up with the nicotine she was getting vaping, it was the tobacco company killing her. She smoked a pack a day for 2 years prior to switching to vaping and feeling better than she ever had. Safe to say she’s no longer with us. Doctors ruled smoking as a major cause of her death. COPD, asthma, you name it. Thanks a lot for killing my mom you sorry sacks of $&@#


I started smoking when I was 12. Smoked for three decades. And I wasn't doing it socially, was proper two packs a day smoker. To be completely honest, I never had serious health issues (or at least didn't think I had any), and I was one of those stubborn people who never planned to quit smoking. Guess what made me quit? Vaping. Yup. A friend of mine had one of those early vape pens, I was so intrigued that I ordered one. Gradually weaned myself off cigarettes and actually started enjoying vaping. Only after quitting cigarettes did I realize how harmful they were and what they were doing to me, how much my stamina suffered. Yes, vaping is bad for you too, but it is far less harmful than cigarettes. This isn't just my opinion, science says so as well: I am forever thankful to whoever invented vaping and will support CASAA as long as I live!

6-10 years


I am a 31 year old father of 2. Since vaping I feel better and am able to keep up with my kids. Vaping is not 100% safe, nothing in life is. But vaping is safer then combustible cigarettes.

2-5 years


Melodie Carlisle
I quit using a small electronic pen device over 8 and a half years ago. I was born with asthma and started smoking at about 13 years old. After smoking for over over 30 years over a pack a day, I was constantly sick with bronchitis, pneumonia a couple of times and my oxygen was dropping into the low 60’s while I slept. Finally, in 2010, I was diagnosed with COPD. Oxygen was ordered and brought into into my home. I knew if something didn’t change and fast, I would have absolutely no freedom in life, chained to a bottle or oxygen concentrator. Back in 2013, my father passed from heart disease after smoking almost his entire adult living, instilling even more reason to quit. My boyfriend’s stepmom showed me her device and let me try it. I knew that it was going to help me quit because it had allowed her to quit and she smoked way longer than I had! So 9 1/2 years later, no oxygen or breathing treatments, I rarely use an inhaler (seasonal allergies sometimes gives me a tiny bit of a need) I feel a thousand times better than when I smoked, my taste for food is great and I honestly know deep in my heart that vaping gave me my lung function back and freedom to do things I would have never been able to do before. I finally went to see the ocean this past summer with my 17 year old son and we had an amazing time! My breathing would never have allowed me to everything that I now enjoy. I haven’t been sick with a lung infection in over those 9 1/2 years excluding two bouts with Covid-19 last year. I find it awesome that something has allowed me to break free of cigarettes has also given me so much more.

6-10 years


William R Giles
I'm 63,been vaping since it started (over 16 years). Lost my mother to lung cancer and lost my brother-law of the same.( I started when I was 14, Mom said just don't burn down the house) I went cold turkey for about eight years, started again and could not quit till vaping came along. In fact I own a vape shop in Milwaukee Wi with my step son. ******** *****, we are trying to help battle lung cancer.

11+ years


Like many boys growing up in the 50s and 60s, smoking was perceived as being cool and tough; so like an idiot I joined the behind the bike shed crew along with all the other wannabes! I smoked through university and on into my working life. My wife was a smoker (CRC) and our children were/are too. In April 2017 I was trying to save money for a trip to the USA, and was struggling to save as fast as I wanted. The previous year I had spent 6 months trying to get rid of a hacking cough and constant cold; after some 45 years I was also getting sick of yellow fingers, stink breath and clothes and a smelly flat. This gave me the motivation to do something about the whole situation. My workmates, who sat outside as pariahs, were split into smokers and vapers. I was fascinated by their gear and when they explained the cost benefits I was sold. And that was without even discussing health benefits. Halfway through a pack of Menthol 30, I decided enough was enough and that night after work called into **** ******, and for $30 got a pen and 15ml of menthol 12mg. Fortunately enough battery charge to use that evening. The half pack I gave away at work the next day. I soon learned 15ml of liquid was not the best way to buy juice!! So graduated to 100ml bottles, and now spend about $1.00 (not a typo) a week on juice. I get new tanks and batts from China at $1.50 each. (No exploding batteries in nearly 5 yrs either). I have since updated my vape and now spend about $5 a week on juice.   So moving to the health benefits from the obvious financial advantages!! No yellow fingers, no stink breath, fresh clothes, sweet smelling flat and vehicle. No colds or coughs of note, good BP results, eating better now, I can taste food and have even lost weight, and apart from my non related other ailments actually feel almost spritely!! Well very almost. My dog Scottie and I can now walk 3kms a day, his 9 and my 66 need the exercise, and we enjoy this in the morning together. This has been the 2nd best thing I’ve ever done in my life (marrying my wife will always be the first!) and a call I would highly recommend to any current smoker who is considering finances or health. Go for it, call into your local vape shop (not a convenience like me!!) and get some really experienced advice.   Please note in closing that I vape with blueberry menthol flavor and a refillable pod, none of my vaping friends do. Everyone of them vape mainly fruity flavors and hate the thought of going back to a tobacco flavor.

6-10 years


I started smoking at the age of 14 I was on and off vaping and smoking for many years Now for this last year I put down the cigarettes and only vape now I DIY my own e liquid. My health had improved greatly and my finances are better now that I don't spend.8 Dollars a day on smokes thank you for standing up for harm reduction and the vape community


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