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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
Ray Crider
I have been a smoker since 16, I am now 35 and have been vaping for a couple months. What vaping has really done for me is to be able to spend more time with my dad. He has been vaping for 10 years and I truly believe that's why he is still around. I can't imagine anyone seeing this as anything but a miracle to help smokers live longer happier lives in an obtainable way. I have tried the other nicotine alternatives and they were all a joke for a hard core smoker. I picked up my vape one day and never wanted another cigarette again.


Vapor Ninja
I smoked tobacco heavily for 35 years. Quit tobacco completely once I found the right FLAVOR that worked for me. FLAVORS were integral in my quitting, it's imperative to get away from the taste of tobacco in order to quit it. I developed COPD and emphysema. I wheezed at night in bed. My blood oxygen was around 89%. Vaping, after a short time, restored my oxygen levels to 98%, cleared up my lungs through observation via stethoscope, and my wheezing stopped. My doctor urges me to continue vaping. She has seen the studies, and seen the results first hand. Previously I had tried nicotine gum, patches, lozenges, counseling. They never worked. In fact I dual-used vape and tobacco together for a while before completely quitting tobacco all together. I am using nicotine for its beneficial and medicinal qualities safely and with a great flavor. My mouth saliva has returned, and I feel great. I no longer stink of tobacco, which was causing many people to avoid me. I recently had oral surgery and vaped during the recovery with no issue. I'm not a dentist or doctor, so don't copy me, but I'm saying, it was benign to the wounds I had in my jaw (however I DID take many precautions and treatments to prevent problems!). I built a vaping website with news and reviews, and continue to this day to educate and participate in forums and social media regarding the ins and outs of vaping. Vaping has even taught me about how electricity works, and Ohm's Law. If you are trying to quit and curious about vaping, I recommend you give it a try. I'm down to 3mg nicotine, a strawberry and cream flavor. Started vaping in 2012. Took a bit to get off the cigs completely for me, had to find a flavor that worked for me. I did. The vaping community is a great group of mostly intelligent folks, and I've made friendships and business partners thru the years of my vaping experience. It's been a great ride !


David Vestal
I smoked 2.5 to 3 packs a day for about 20 years. I tried all traditional pharmaceutical treatments and even some home remedies, all of which unsuccessfully. I found out about vaping through friends and gave it a try. It worked! I've been completely off combustible cigarettes for 5 years now. I'm in the best health ive been in since before I smoked. Vaping has changed my life for the better! I can exercise now, where I couldn't before because I'd lose my breath. The flavors that got me off the cigarettes, and are still a favorite of mine, is strawberry shortcake and strawberries and cream.


My mother smoked most of her 74 years. In 2008 I watched my mother die at home from lung cancer. I wouldn't want my kids to see the same as with me. 33 years a smoker. Upon returning back home to California I decided to walk into a vape shop. That day I laid down the cigarettes and never returned. By the way my husband walked in with me and he also left the cigarettes behind. Within the first 3 months we started to noticed a change in our breathing. In a year our Doctor was impressed by our lung function. No more wheezing. The smokers cough was gone. We are living proof that vaping is healthier. When we started vaping our choice of flavors was not tobacco flavor. Didn't want anything to resemble the taste of cigarettes. Now we own 2 vape shops. We helped thousands quit smoking. It's great to be included in their stories.


Caitlin A.- Rochester, NY
Truth be told, vaping has saved my life. I am currently 36 years old. I started vaping in 2013 as a way to finally quit smoking. I initially quit cigarettes but went back after about a year. I smoked cigarettes and vaped for awhile until eventually I put the cigarettes down and have been smoke free for the past 4 years and counting. I had tried everything before, “cold-turkey,” nicotine substitutes (patches, gum, etc.), and prescription Chantix. Nothing was working. So I figured why not give vaping a shot? I was 29 years old at the time I started vaping. After smoking cigarettes for almost 15 years, I was already showing signs of early COPD. I had chronic bronchitis and asthma and was put on COPD inhalers (Symbicort). I was also on medication each month for my bronchitis. When my doctor listened to my lungs, he was shocked. I could not take full breaths and had excessive mucus and flem. Within a couple months of vaping instead of smoking, my chest had cleared up to the point my doctor was shocked at how well my lungs sounded in his stethoscope. I could take full breaths again and he couldn’t hear all that “gunk” that he was hearing in them before. Flavored ejuice was a huge help in helping me quit. Cherry Peach Ice was the flavor that first got me off cigarettes. I know if I had vaped a juice without flavor or tobacco/menthol, I would’ve surely went back to smoking. I am also down to the lowest nicotine level I’ve ever been at. When I started vaping, I used 18mg and 24mg flavored ejuice. I now vape 3mg. I also got my dad to quit smoking after smoking cigarettes and cigars most of his life. He has been smoke free since he started. The only flavor he will vape is cinnamon/cinnamon-menthol. My father is 68 years old.


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.


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