How did vape flavors help you quit smoking cigs? Responses From You.

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In October 2013 I went to my aunt's house and they were telling me about vape I didn't like the tobacco flavor so I wouldn't vape then my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and I went to a vape shop that let me try favor vapes I stop smoking cigarettes on November 1, 2013 and started vaping favor vapes I had tried everything to quit smoking everything just made me want to smoke more until I started vaping favor vapes. 

- Faith

I used to smoke cigarettes. Due to smoking, I was told my aortic valve in my heart was failing. Ended up having my aortic valve replaced. And my blood pressure was off the chart, I needed 3 stents, 2 bypasses, and complete heart failure. After surgery like an idiot I continued smoking. Every visit to my cardiologist was horrible. My blood pressure was always at critical level, my heart was having a hard time pumping, my oxygen level in my blood was dangerously low. One day my cardiologist looked me directly in the eye and said "your going to F'ing die if you don't stop smoking".

Well when I left my appointment I stopped at a store to, yes get a pack of smokes. I noticed they had a cheap vape pen for sale (this was around 2012-ish) and I bought it to check it out, and yes I got smokes also. Well when I got home, before even having a cig, I charged & juiced up the pen. Picked it up, took a drag, and from that day on never picked up a cig again. My following cardiology appointment my cardiologist was shocked! my blood pressure was normal and my heart was pumping absolutely strong.

He looked at me and said "you stopped smoking" I said I started vaping. He told me well, if it's doing this kinda good, and it's keeping you off cigarettes don't stop. So, here I sit today still vaping and my heart and my entire cardio system is doing just fine. I owe my life to vaping and I am proof that it is better than cigs.... It saved my life, period.

- Stephen M

I am 33 years old and from Upstate NY. I have conquered many demons durning my life with one them being cigarettes. I smoked from the age of 15 to the age of 31 and have been cigarette free for 2 years now. I had tried several times to quit smoking.. using nicotine gum, lozenges and even the Blu & Vuse ecigs but none of those options were satisfying to me, they didn't get the job done. 

I have had open heart surgery twice, one in 2016 and once in 2017. My last open heart surgery I knew that I really needed to quit smoking so I went into a local vape shop where I live and I spoke to one of the workers and they sat there with me for a good amount of time letting me try all the different flavors that they had to offer. The tobacco flavors tasted horrible, they didn't even come close to what a cigarette tasted like and definitely give the same feel. After tasting many flavors I finally settled on a fruity cereal flavor and not only did it taste good but it tasted a lot better than a cigarette did and from that day on I haven't looked back. I can say right now, had there not been flavored ejuice I'd still be smoking cigarettes. 

Thanks for being so awesome!! 😊😊

- Stásha Y.

I'm not from Michigan but I absolutely do not want to see the vape ban come to my state.  I smoked for 18 years, I'm just about to turn 36 in 2 weeks. I've watched my own health decline over the years.  I've had bronchitis frequently, trouble breathing and sleeping. I haven't been able to exercise or do any vigorous activity for a long time.  And I have 3 kids under 4 years old. I did quit while I was pregnant but managed to pick it up after they were born and hated it.  

I was ready to quit after I watched my great uncle suffer from lung cancer from smoking.  He suffered 4 long months and it was the saddest thing I've ever witnessed. I knew it was time.  

I've tried several things and non-smoking aids... I saw a few people vaping on all kinds of devices and asked them if they all quit smoking, they had.  And easily.

I got online right away and started researching like crazy.  My husband was also ready and jumped on board. And a new friend referred me to Johnnys Juice and even mailed me some.  Right away we were so impressed with the no-sweetener-added juice. We've vaped it ever since and if didn't exist, I'm afraid I would most certainly go back to cigarettes.  If there is only tobacco flavored vape, theres no point in vaping. That flavor is disgusting to me now. Its gotta be fruit flavors or custards etc... its so satisfying and I feel SO much better because of vaping!

We have been cigarette free for 63 days, saved over $600 and havent smoked 1,500 cigarettes.

This is a no brainer.  Everyone realizes its about money and politics.  What it SHOULD be about, is people's HEALTH and wellbeing!!!!

Lift the ban!!! And keep our rights in place, especially the right to be healthy!

- Kristy R.

Hello, my name is Joseph E and vaping literally saved my life. You see I chewed tobacco for 20 years and 4 years ago I was told by my doctor I had early-stage throat cancer, now I know I'm not a smoker but tobacco is tobacco. Anyways, 3 years ago my son introduced me to vaping and yes he was legal age but day 1 of vaping just 3mg ejuice I quit chew then a year and a half ago I went to my doctor and he said I have no idea how this is..but you are cancer free!! I told him I stopped chewing and started vaping and he said,well whatever your doing keep it up i go back to my doc every 6 months to check out my throat and am still clear, so I thank vaping for saving my life and for not making my sons go on without a father..so thank you vaping and thank you eight vape for providing me with the eliquid, mods and pods that saved my life.

Regards Joseph E

I started off trying the e cigs that you find at the local gas station. And to be honest none of them worked. I was a Marlboro smoker for 16 years so I would try all the tobacco flavors. All of which tasted horrible to me and would burn my throat.  That was at the age of 30. At the age of 37 I met a girl who doesn't smoke. Has never smoked and I wanted to quit smoking as to not have to put her through the smells and harmful side effects of second hand smoke. So SHE suggested going down to the local vape shop to see what my options were. And BOOOOOY and I glad I listened. I was paired with a 200w box mod with a matching tank and 18 months later here I am still cig free. We lead an active lifestyle and b4 vaping I couldn't get from my house to the corner without being ready to pass out. Now we do 2-mile walks (while I have my vape in hand) like it's nothing. Vaping is saving my health. For the government,  local and otherwise, to ban it is only going to lead to a lot of people to go back to smoking cigarettes. Now you tell me how that's a better option. I can tell you, just by the way I feel physically, that vaping is NOT a bad alternative to cigarettes. .... I'll stop there b4 I get more into a rant. Thanks for reading and sharing my story.

~ Jeff P

When I was a child both my parents smoked, so at the age of 12 I picked it up...  Long story short my mom lost custody of us to my grandma... Who was 100 % against smoking so I tried to quit solo just for my grandma... I tried it for 6 months and it didn't help... So at this point, my grandparents had passed away and we were living with our guardians and for my 16th birthday I received my very first vape which was a little pink Kanger tech... They allowed me to use it in the house instead of going outside with a cigaret... Slowly I got off both vaping and smoking.... A few years later as an "adult" I was 19 and stressed to the max with college and all that fun stuff 

So much so that without even thinking about it I drove to the gas station and bought a pack of Marlboro reds.

And it tasted so nasty I was gagging on it! So I located my vape and went to our local vape shop and had them make a strawberry limeade flavor with a touch of vanilla and now here I am 27 years old and still vaping.

~ Chrisanna F

Jan 3 2014, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer I was a smoker for 34 years that day. I decided to stop smoking, I bought a vape pen bought tobacco flavored ejuice and I did not like it, it disgusted me. So I bought a strawberry cream ejuice and I was like yes now think I can do it. After chemo treatments and 6 surgery's I lost half my stomach and lost 170lbs. I lost the taste in my mouth I could not taste anything but a metal taste from the meds I was on..but the flavored ejuice was my savior it gave me hope because it was the only viable taste I could have. It kept me going through the very rough days I was experiencing. I could not eat breakfast for over a year but I vaped breakfast cereal flavors and it reminded me that I was a normal person like everyone else. I been vaping for 5 years with the only way I could stay off cigarettes and that's with flavors. Not tobacco flavors...now I'm cancer-free for last 3 years I only survived and did not give on to the possibility of dying with the help of flavors.....

No, flavors didn't take the cancer away, but it got me through the most difficult time that anyone should have to endure in one's life. Now you're telling me I cant vape anymore with the help of flavors? Shame on you politicians......signed -cancer survivor with the help from flavors

~ Dennis Jay

After being a smoker for 28 years and trying endlessly to quit to no avail, I bought my first vape with tobacco flavoring which helped me to slow down smoking but not quit entirely. After going back and forth between cigarettes and vaping I decided to try a flavored juice, and now I am proud to say I've been cigarette free for 2 years. 

I honestly don't know if I would be able to say that if a tobacco or menthol flavor would have been my only option. Every person is going to have their own opinion on what will work for them.

~ John A

I was 15 when I started smoking. A good girl, with a good family. My best friend smoked... We all smoked. I smoked menthols. I remember the flavored Camels that came out in a pretty little tin. Those were gross. Vaping started becoming a thing when I was probably 20. I tried the little ones, the old eGo kits, it helped me smoke less, but wasn't the same, it just wasn't satisfying. I dabbled here and there and kept them with whatever menthol juice there was, but never really stuck with it.  

Fast forward 7 years, and my fiance who is a recovering addict and I decided he needed to get away from all habitual things, smoking cigarettes included. He tried to quit cold turkey, it didn't work.

I bought him a mod. He did so much better, it helped him in more ways than one. He loves the custard flavors, and not smelling like smoke, "like an addict" he used to say. I loved cinnamon flavors. 

With those flavors and decent mods, we were both able to completely, 100% quit smoking. We both feel tons better. The hobby side of vaping has helped keep him focused and off of other substances too. He finds new flavors, builds new builds, and researches new mods etc. Now we are both in it together, and the flavors are what satisfy us! I am now able to go with a zero some days, and he is down from two packs a day to 3 nicotine. Not only are we both healthier and able to be more active, we both smell good, our children are never exposed to second-hand smoke. We aren't slaves to cigarettes. Our teeth are healthier. 

But without flavors, the ecigs just don't cut it for us! Tobacco flavors are not for us. 

Flavors probably saved our lives, his especially. And our kids and friends and family certainly thank our flavors for them not having to smell us anymore! No air pollution, no actual pollution (why does no one address this? Ever seen a discarded mod or juice bottle in our streets or oceans?) No Ashtrays!!

I don't know what will happen if flavored vaping has to go... It's saved our lives, relationships, and sanity!

 ~ Samantha M.

I started smoking when I was 18 I would smoke almost two packs a day, I wanted to quit but had no luck, I went to try a little pre-filled tobacco flavored ecig from a gas station with the Hope's of quitting cigarettes but was treated to the flavor of death, I tried a few and nothing tasted good so I continued smoking cigarettes. 

Then one day my friend told me about flavored salt nics and I gave it a try and haven't looked back since. I currently haven't smoked a cigarette in about 8 months and now at 22 I feel better then I have in a long time. I always thought cigarettes would be the death of me but with flavored ejuice that's not the case. Thank you for the good deals and great customer service.

~ Eric M.

Well I was smoking anywhere from a pack to two packs of cigarettes a day. I started when I was 15 and smoked for about twenty years. I loved cigarettes but I got to the point where I couldn't breathe any more walking a short distance had me out of breath and I started hating the taste. 

So, still in need of my nicotine, I started to look into vaping as a cheaper healthier alternative. I was skeptical that anything could replace my cigarettes but it was kinda the best of both worlds something that didn't taste good awful and had nicotine. It's been about two years since I stopped. I can breathe again and I can do physical activity again. Vaping flavors really made the switch for me

~ D. Adulfo

I started smoking cigarettes at an early age (14). Like many other teens, I never put them down leading them to become a very dangerous part of my lifestyle. I'm 25 now and it was about two years ago and two children later that I decided to put them down for good, all with the help of flavored eliquid. Strawberry milkshake to be exact. I will never go back to combustible tobacco.  

~ Josh F.

I started vaping in 2013 when I moved in with my cousin in Knoxville,TN and he started buying the old school little stick setups with the screw on tanks and juices and I have to admit I didn't take it to serious at first. Then a year later I moved back to my hometown and noticed that now we have a vape shop in our hometown. So, I had decided that I would quit smoking finally and stick to it, so, I went in the vape shop and the guys (still go to this same vape shop and are friends with those guys fyi) helped me get a good starter kit and good juices and so it began.  I am still vaping and have put down cigarettes and it is ALL THANKS TO VAPING!

I don't think they see the negative effects health-wise, putting shops out of business and employees,  and those who will go back to vaping. I have met so many great people in the vaping community and everyone's story is so positive and all end the same they quit smoking cigarettes! Why the government is attacking vaping is beyond me and if it's so "bad" and there is a "vaping epidemic" then why haven't we heard about this until now? Why is there all of a sudden so many bad things happening because of vaping?!?! We all know this isn't right and together we all need to fight and let them know, "We Vape, We Vote."

On my podcast me and my co-host on our podcast the Ready Set Show Podcast,(anchor.fm/r-s-s-podcast) we have started letting our listeners,  family, and friends know what they can do to help. Together with all our voices we will win this fight and keep saving lives because of vaping. Thank you.

~ D. Tuggle

Well I was the biggest advocate for smoking, constantly arguing against the health issues until it started. I always had lung problems growing up, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, you name it. Well at 13 I started smoking, by my late teens 2 packs a day, then when I became a very accomplished chef that grew to 21/2 a day. At 27 I started getting sick more and had to get the pneumonia vaccine. 

At 32 I died and was revived after a couple minutes.

With a shortened life span guaranteed, still I smoked. Then I started passing out, my breathing would stop o2 stats at 87, I was dying. My DR did research on vaping with hopes to stop me and save my life, well thanks to all the companies I started vaping with and the enticement of good taste I have been alive my health has all improved o2 stats 98. But tobacco claimed a lung, ribs, and caused chronic pain that left me disabled. 

To tobacco, you’re the devil. To the vape industry, god bless let's fight and help others heal.

~ D. Homer

I was a 2 pack a day smoker for almost 25 years. I had tried several methods to stop, including the original VUSE device with tobacco flavor, but nothing worked for me. A friend of mine introduced me to 8vape and told me that I should try maybe one of the pod mods claiming that vaping has come a long way since the VUSE (which at the time I tried it was a cigarette size device with minimal vapor production and a very tight and unsatisfying draw). I took him at his word and ordered a Breeze 2 device and a tobacco flavored liquid. 

I quickly realized just how right he was in his claim. That device had an adjustable draw and serious vapor production. I fell in love with the device and it helped me to cut down on my cigarette smoking but I was still not satisfied with the tobacco flavor. The juice manufacturers do a great job of reproducing the raw or freshly cured flavor of tobacco such as you would get from chewing tobacco or the smell of a fresh cigar  (I'm from Tennessee so I know that smell of fresh cured tobacco as it smokes in the barn and as it's being stripped and formed into bales after curing)but,as a cigarette smoker, this is not the flavor I'm looking for. Cigarette smoke carries the flavor of BURNING tobacco, a flavor that I've never seen reproduced, so I continued to smoke cigarettes. 

My aforementioned friend saw me smoking a cigarette on a break at work one day and asked how quitting was going for me. I explained to him my dilemma to which his reply was "Dude, you need to stop with the tobacco flavor and order some other flavor. They sell fruity, dessert, creamy, candy...all kinds of flavors."

I explained to him that I was trying to stop smoking and didn't see how these wacky flavors could help with that, at which point he handed me his mod and told me to try it. After a brief tutorial on how to operate the thing, I took my first gloriously flavored rip. It was Keep it 100 blue Raz lemonade and I was just amazed at how this delicious flavor could be so accurately reproduced in a vapor. I then asked his girlfriend if I could try hers and she was happy to oblige. Cotton candy, sweet and unmistakable. I went home that day and ordered my first starter kit, a Segelei Snow Wolf, along with a selection of e-juice including Yami's Butter Brew and Fruitnola, Burst strawberry, and, a favorite of mine to this day, Pacha Mama's peach, papaya, and coconut milk. 

After about 2 weeks of vaping, I realized that I had only smoked about 3 packs of cigs. After about a month I had given them up completely. It happened that quickly once I discovered, and fell in love with, flavored e-juices. That was over a year ago and I am positive that if not for this discovery, I would still be smoking cigarettes today.

~ Tony J.

I was smoking Black and Mild Cigars for years.  Then I found a brand called Red Buck. They were half the price, but they offered flavors, so I switched.  I was smoking around 2 a day when I switched brands. After that, I started smoking more and more. I was up to around 100 a week.  I got to the point I couldn’t breathe anymore. A friend of mine introduced me to vaping and I was intrigued. 

So I paid a visit to a local vape shop and they let me try out some different flavors.  I enjoyed it. So, after a couple of weeks, I finally convinced myself to pick up a cheap vape pen at a gas station.  From there, there was no turning back. After a month or so, I was breathing better. I wasn’t coughing anymore. I’m always looking for my next favorite flavor.  It’s been tough, but I always seem to come back to Strawberry milk. I love it. If flavors get banned, I won’t be vaping anymore, and that is sad. My wife loves it when I vape, she says it saves her money on air freshener and breath mints.

Thank you,

~ Don.F

I smoked cigarettes for 33yrs. I quit 5mo ago and turned to vaping because it tastes much better than cigarettes. I don't smell like a stale ashtray and most importantly for my health, I became grandfather recently and I would like to be around as he grows. Smoking cigarettes would prevent me from that. 

I feel much healthier since I have quit smoking and have gained respect and support from friends and family. I want to thank eightvape for helping me kick the nasty habit I've had for 33yrs and supplying me with a much healthier and flavorful option. Rock On Guys!!! 👍

~ Rick B.

Hi, my name is Chris, I am 43 and I smoked Newports for over 20 years. In 2012, after many years of wanting and trying to have a baby, my wife and I found out we were going to have a baby. She was pregnant. We were so excited, we bought clothes, furniture, started decorating and baby-proofing the house. 

At 4 months my wife’s water broke and we almost lost our baby. After many many complications, my son was born in August but his lungs were severely underdeveloped. I knew as a smoker, I would not be able to smoke anymore because it would jeopardize his life. I tried quitting several times, but I just couldn’t. I bought a Smoke Anywhere E-Cig and it sort of helped, but it didn’t completely help me quit. When vapes started coming out, I purchased one and with many flavors being available, I was able to enjoy the vaping experience completely, and I have not picked up a cigarette since. After smoking for over 20 years I was finally able to kick the habit. 

Now politicians want to get involved. As a consumer, it feels like our government prefers we smoke cigarettes although they know it is a proven killer, and the government just wants the tax dollars they can charge on tobacco. If that’s the issue, which seems to me like is the true agenda, then just tax vapes and let us live our lives.

If you would like to see more of my son’s Miracle Story, check out GioVentures.com

~ Christian F

It was a little over a year ago our son was turning five..I decided as a present to him I would quit smoking..so I got a vape starter kit and some strawberry and cream vape fluid(that flavor is awesome). 

I went a week smoking and vaping then went to just vaping and haven't looked back since..the wide variety of flavors is huge..the flavored fluids helped me quit were the tobacco flavors didn't because I didn't like the taste of it(I mean that's what I was trying to get away from right)...after trying a whole bunch of different flavors I ended up loving almost anything strawberry flavored. In the end, if it wasn't for the flavored fluids I would still be (with our son watching) killing my self slowly by smoking cigarettes. 

Thanks for lending an ear..and as always Keep Vaping

~ R. Banks

 Hello I am a 25 year old male from Boston. I have been vaping for over 5 years now. Watermelon honeydew was the flavor that got me off of cigarettes. I was smoking from 13-20 years old. Once I got turned on to vaping and all the different flavor options I can have and not smell like an ashtray I was hooked!!! Vaping 100% saved me.

~ D. Seaback

I am a 23 year old recent college graduate, and I vape. What some may consider a “bad habit,” I consider my saving grace. Just 4 short years ago, in the midst of my sophomore year of engineering school, my stress levels were at an all-time high. School was growing increasingly difficult, my parents were in the middle of a rocky divorce, and I was struggling with various other aspects of life I’d rather not list. It seemed as though there was no stability or security in my life. Just a year prior, I began smoking cigarettes. What started as a casual smoke soon became a yearlong battle with severe addiction. The stress in my life caused me to turn to cigarettes because the buzz was, albeit minimal, an escape from the chaos and misfortune that was eating away at me. The worse things seemed, the more tightly tobacco took hold of me, and before long, I found myself smoking upwards of two packs per day. I couldn’t even sit through an entire class period without stepping away for a smoke. It got to the point where I could hardly walk from one class to the next without taking a break to sit down for a smoke, climb a flight of stairs without running out of breath, or wake up in the morning without hacking up a disgusting lump of tar. I knew how atrocious my habit had become, but the more depressing it made me, the stronger my desire for more and more tobacco became. For a while, I even opted to use snuff alongside smoking cigarettes to combat the need to leave in the middle of classes/social events.

All this changed when one day, whilst walking across the downtown strip of my college town, a vape store caught my eye. It was at this point that I first saw a light at the end of the tunnel. What had always been the subtle nagging of, “I need to make a change,” without any realistic initiative to do so, became a newfound alternative to smoking that had the potential to offer a better quality of life. I purchased my first vape pen that day, and began my journey of recovery. It took some time to adjust and to ween myself of the smokes, but in a matter of a few weeks, I went from two packs of cancer sticks a day to one pack a day with vapes in between, then to one cigarette a day with capes anytime I had the urge to smoke, then to throwing away the packs of stokes and lighters altogether. As this progression occurred, so did the immense shift in my feeling of health and well-being. My breath came back; my ability to walk long distances and to climb stairs returned; my need for mid-class smoke breaks became an occasional vape break, which I soon felt no need for at all. I was finally in control of my life again. No more smelly clothes, of stained teeth. No more constant painful and disruptive coughing. No more waking up to the inevitable hacking up tar. All this because of the godsend that is vaping.

Not only was vaping itself responsible for my salvation, however. I originally opted to vape tobacco-flavored e-liquid, in hopes that it would feel like smoking a cigarette did and would be the best replacement for an actual smoke that I could achieve. This was successful for a short while, but I quickly found it to become equally as repulsive as cigarettes without the satisfaction of having a smoke. Thus, I sought out a better solution. I began experimenting around with flavored e-liquids, and found the overall experience to be so much more satisfying. Finally, I had found a cigarette alternative that fulfilled my cravings AND that smelled/tasted pleasant! I cannot stress the importance of flavored e-liquids enough. If it were not for this, I may very well be smoking two or three packs daily as I type this testimonial. It is highly likely that my recovery would have been stopped dead in its tracks the second I began to lose my interest in tobacco-flavored juices. Because of flavored vapor, I no longer suffer from a detrimental addiction to cigarettes. My life is back on track, and I am satisfied with where I am today. I plead: please do not take this opportunity away from others in need of being saved like I was. Vaping saves lives, and flavors multiply the number of lives exponentially. Regulate the hell out of them, implement checks to ensure they do not get into the hands of children, do what you must to keep flavored vapor from becoming the gateway to a worse addiction in the younger generation, but do NOT take them out of the hands of those who need them as I did and still do today.

Thank you for hearing me out, and I hope my story, like many others’ out there, weighs on you as you make decisions regarding this matter in the weeks to come.

Flavored vapor saves lives.

With respect and gratitude,

~ T Brown

Hello.

I am a 43 year old veteran who is disabled and I smoked heavily for most of 34 years. I needed to get healthier after hearing my scale say "one at a time!" and my health was declining quickly.

In the last six months, I have lost 75 pounds and I have been cigarette free for six months. I quit smoking cold turkey using vaping. Specially flavored vaping. Generally speaking as someone quits smoking they don't want to vape tobacco flavor because that is just a mental reminder to smoke cigarettes.

Flavors saved my life. 

Vaping flavors saved my life. 

Thank you 

~ Preston

I am 38 years old right now ... Started smoking cigarettes at 17 ... Last October I switched to vaping and it saved my life ... 1 year cigarette free.

Back in October 2018 I started having this intense heartburn and I didn’t understand what was going on ... I didn’t visit my doctor ... Instead, I did an experiment.

I woke up that Friday and smoked a cigarette and my heartburn hit ... I didn’t smoke another cigarette that whole morning ... Went to lunch and when I returned to work I smoked one and it hit again and that’s when I knew.

That afternoon was pretty rough ... I threw my whole pack away and visited Walgreens and purchased some of that nicotine gum ... That didn’t help much at all ... Went back that Saturday and purchased some nicotine pads and believe it or not they worked too good ... I was getting too much nicotine.

That Monday I stopped by the gas station and picked up a Mark Ten Pod and those really helped ... Then I went to Blu ... From there I went to Juul ... Then I went V2 ... Finally  I purchased a Smok Vape Pen 22 and I have never looked back.

Started with 24 MG nicotine juice and now I’m at 0 nic ... The smell of cigarettes now makes me physically ill and sick to my stomach ... You can literally smell that crap from a mile away and I hate it.

Strawberry and grape e juice is what got me off cigarettes ... Blueberry pie and Marshmallow e juice ... Tobacco and Menthol e juice just doesn’t taste right to me but that’s just my opinion.

I’m hoping a fruit flavor e juice ban doesn’t happen but if it does I’m ready.

~ j robinson

I started smoking when I was 14 and continued to smoke up in till 10 months ago when I took my first drag off an e cigarette. I had tried the Juul a couple of time but it did not work for me so I just kept smoking. A pack of Marlboro reds or so a day. For most of those years I hated every bit of my smoking habit. I would tear apart the house for change if I ran out of smokes and if I fell short I would leave and try to bum off someone or better yet find some butts to smoke.

I tried to quit but never was able to. I’ve tried the gum, the Patch and even the doctor prescribed pill. Nothing worked. The constant want and need to have smokes loomed over my head and I could not curb it. About ten months ago I tried a drag of a friends vape and one drag of strawberries and cream was all it took. I went out and got a tank and my first pen mod style e cigarette and never looked back. My last cigarette was the one I half-finished out in that parking lot that day.    

Banning the flavors of these eliquids is not the answer and will pose an even bigger problem in the long run. Don’t let the black market get even more stronger. There are other solutions to this problem. Work with the vaping industry not against them. 

Thank you,

~ j patterson

I started vaping in Aug 2014. I never planned on quitting smoking. I just wanted to cut back and save some money. I got my little starter kit and some Space Jam e-Liquid. I never wanted to vape tobacco. The Space Jam had amazing flavor. I believe it was Pluto (bubble gum and melon) that I bought. 

I was dual using just how I planned. Two weeks later, I was only vaping and didn't even realize it. I have not had a single cigarette since then. I can breathe better, I no longer cough all the time, and I lost weight (because I can actually taste food and drinks and found out I didn't like a few things I thought I loved)! I would have never been able to quit smoking if it wasn't for the delicious flavors I am able to vape. Vaping saved my life! Adults do like flavors!

~ casey lyn

With me I started vaping to try and quit smoking and once I tried my friends vape I wanted to get one myself and I haven't paid for another pack of cigarettes again and thats been about three years now. With flavors spanning all the way from Oreos to some tea time to mango grape slush the list can just keep going. If you want to vape it, it’s probably out there but only for as long as we are allowed to vape and make are choices! 

Thank you for your time I really hope vaping can still be a thing

~ Mike B.

I smoked cigarettes for over 30 years of my life, and was constantly in poor health, every year getting sick every spring and fall, sometimes in the winter as well. I tried all the e-cigs that came on the market-all the way from the 10 dollar gas station units to the 150 dollar mega units from the specialty stores (every time I tried one, I got even more sick than normal; bronchitis and pneumonia were common every time)...

Then I met a friend who vaped, and he convinced me to try this. I went to a local vape store and got a set up of the cheapest basic set-up possible. Figured if it made me sick like past e-cigs did in the past, I wouldn't be out too much money, and would just go back to cigs. Instead, I was able to quit smoking cigs from day one. I started with juice that were similar to the cigarettes that I smoked for years, then started to explore all the flavors available on the market, fruits, candy, cereals, and mystery flavors... 

I've gone from smoking a pack a day, with well over 1000 chemicals per cigarette every day, to smoking a juice at the level of 3mg (as ive been told, the equivalent of an ultra-ultra light cig) such a huge difference from the full flavor menthol that I smoked the last 25 years of my life. 

Vapors are aware, this isn't completely healthy for us, but even my Dr has told me that the difference of vaping vs smoking is so beneficial, that even just the past 3 yrs of not smoking but vaping is hugely benefits my overall health by not clogging my lungs with the tar from cigarettes... 

I personally have noticed a difference in my own health and all-around abilities... I'm in the best health of my life, now at the age of 43, then I've ever been. Haven't had a "normal" sickness like when I smoked since I started vaping. 

Do not take our flavors away from us! This is what is helping millions of smokers squish the habit of smoking, whether they are casual smokers or life long smokers like myself...

~ Mclain k.

A Haiku

     Flavors helped me quit

Since tobacco tastes like shit

      Now vape at zero

~ Leah Mathis

I had been smoking for 20 years and was up to a pack and a half a day of Marlboro Special Blend Red 100's, when I decided to quit. 

Every year I got bronchitis from smoking. Sometimes, it even went to pneumonia. After the last time I fought it from October to January, I actually was given the pneumonia shots. You usually don't get those until you're over 65. 

I tried Chantix, but the moment thoughts of suicide had began to enter my mind from them, I threw them in the garbage.

This time things were different: I was going to be a Grandma and I was over the moon about it.

I was asked by my Mother In Law if she got me a "vape thing" if it would help me quit and I said probably and I was willing to try anything.

I went down to the vape shop, not knowing anything about juice and got Naked Azul Berries. I put that in my tank and WOW It was the best thing I had ever tasted for nicotine!

I smoked one cigarette after that day and I never want to go back.

There are so many different flavors out there to try and we all have our favorites. I for one have never bought Tobacco or Menthol. I don't like either one.

The quality of my life is better now. I don't get sick now. I might get a cold here and there, but in 2 years, I have had only 2.

I can hike like no other and I missed that.

Please, do not take flavors away from people who genuinely use them responsibly!

Thank you,

~ sara utah

So a little about me. Ever since I was little I have always loved to sing. As I got older I started to smoke we all know cigarettes aren't easy on the throat and lungs. One day my friends and I decided to do Karaoke and when I began to sing I realized something wasn't quite right. After only being a smoker for a few short years I allowed it to rob me of the one thing I enjoyed the most other than my children. I decided that quitting was probably my best option but how?

I found out about vaping and didn't think it would be for me. Then I found about all the flavors vaping had to offer, even menthol options. At this point, I had nothing to lose and plenty to gain. I tried a few flavors and I was impressed. Not only did it taste better than tobacco but it smelled better too. Unlike tobacco I wasn't limited to only two choices menthol and non-menthol. I had the choice of flavors and the options were practically limitless.

I never got bored of the flavor which helped me stick to it and after a few months, I was able to sing again. Vaping and all the amazing flavors we have to choose from gave me back my voice.  

We deserve to be heard. I have now been cigarette free for 2 years.

~ franki stevenson

When I was 13 years old, mom's mother, who had smoked for years, handed me my first cigarette. I was hooked. I was the girl in school that smelled like cigarettes, who snuck out of class just to smoke. By the time I was 19 in 2013, I had just had my firstborn daughter. I kicked the habit when I found out I was pregnant, but craving cigarettes daily impacted what was supposed to be a joyous time for me. I lived in Hawaii at the time on a military base, and was introduced to Volcano Vape Pens. My favorite flavor was Honeydew.

Fast forward to 2014, and I had picked up smoking again. There were no vape shops around me so I instantly went back to cigarettes. My daughter was 1. We always smelled like smoke. I was ashamed.

I had my second daughter in 2017, and I brought her home in a car that REEKED of cigarettes. I didn’t realize at the time how bad it smelled and how much that would impact my newborn baby. It was selfish. But I kept on.

In 2018, I was smoking a pack to 2 packs a day. I was sitting outside while my kids played inside so I could smoke. Then I met my fiancé. He made a comment about how often I lit up a cigarette, even though he smoked, he smoked 1/4 as much as I did.

Then in November of 2018, I became self-aware of how bad myself, my children, and our belongings smelled. Not only that but at the age of 24, I couldn’t run with my kids. I would get exhausted going up a flight of stairs because my lungs were destroyed. I had been smoking the better part of 11 years.

We went to our local vape shop after having a long talk and deciding to quit. We picked up some Smok V8 sticks, and a few different flavors of juice. He liked menthol, I fell in love with desserts.

I have not smoked since then, and have no desire to go back. My absolute favorite juice is Tortise Blood, and I’m grateful for my Voopoo Drag 2. We just ordered new mods and tanks to upgrade. I’m never looking back.

I now have a newborn son, and our clothes don’t stink, and I can run up a flight of stairs and chase my children and run at the park while my children giggle and scream. I’ve never been more grateful for appealing juice flavors, that made me HATE the taste of cigarettes.

Vaping saved my life, and my dignity.

~ ashley hacker

Trump is trying to ban the flavors that save, He should take a puff or do you think he should trade?

For a puff of a ciggy that could make you sick and dizzy , or a puff of a flavor that might one day do you a favor!!

Don’t ban our juice, it’s all we have, to save a life , WHY NOT, That’s the power you HAVE!

Obesity kills and food has many flavors !! Let us vape and do the world a Favor!! 🙏✌️

By:

~ brad culotta

I started vaping 4years ago. I got a SMOK and started using nicotine 3mg it kept be between cigarettes and vape life until I realized I needed to up my nicotine dose.

I smoked cigarettes since the age of 17 and I am 41 today.

I also got menthol cause I thought that’s what I should get cause that’s what I smoked, however, that wasn’t the case. I got a watermelon ice with a hint of strawberry and this is what made me put don’t the cigarettes. I had a slip up my first year cause my mother died and I went back to my cigarettes. But I said no after 3 months back in. I visited 8vape and I started a journey of flavors. And I haven’t touched a cigarette again. I order mango berries I mean so many hulk tears. I breathe better, I don’t stink anymore, my teeth aren’t yellow and I am not spitting yellow mucus anymore. The flavors have kept me on track and I can honestly say now I will never touch a cigarette again thanks to these awesome flavors on this site

Thank you so much for saving me and my family (I have a child and I am glad I don’t smoke anymore .. second-hand smoke kills others also)

~ bianca barnett

Hello my name is Billy Alex

I have been vaping now for about 6 years.

I am going on 50. I was 300 pounds for about 6 years. I had been smoking for more than thirty years. I found out I was a dad so I moved to Florida to get my rights. I took my future wife to Florida with me and headed there. When my son was about 8 he asked me why I smoked and my wife overheard this and they both started on me. I went to a smoke shop to by a carton of smokes, and noticed the vape juice and mods. So I spent 20 bucks on a pen mod and another 20 on juice, and started my vape journey. 

Now I have been vaping for 6 years and have spent more than 2000 dollars on equipment and no idea on juice. My wife enjoyed the smell of the juice so much she started vaping. I could not make it up a flight of stairs without having to stop and take a five-minute break. Now I am 180 pounds and have not had a cigarette for more than 3 years and have not felt this good since I was in high school.

~ billy alex

My story started 6 years ago I was at 2 packs of newport menthol a day until one day at work i seen a buddy of mine vaping and i went up and asked what that was and he told me and showed me how much better it was then smoking i then asked to try it of coarse i choked but i wasn't use to chucking a cloud lol 

I waited till my next check and i went to my local shop and snatched a istick 30w with a 20w kanger subohm tank and i was hooked but not immediately. i bounced back and forth to smoking and vaping then i decided i wasnt helping my self if i was still smoking/ so i threw my cigs away and chose vaping and til this day i havent turned back i will never give up vaping cuz ik that it is better for me and it saved me from smoking and suffering and i will not give up the fight on vaping cuz tell me how many ppl do u see post a pic of a pack of cigs and rights a story that this saved there life but everyday i see someone new to vaping post that it saved their life 

#vapingsaveslives #wevapewevote #6yearsclean #wewillnotfall

~ beastly cloudz

I smoked cigarettes for over 10 years and my youngest son at the time was 16 and he started vaping and he didn't like me smoking cigarettes so in 2014 he took me to my first vape shop and I picked out the cheapest little vape pen and started vaping. 

I absolutely loved all the different flavors they offered, I enjoyed vaping so much I quit cigarettes all together as the months went but I moved up to the bigger better vape mods been through a few different mods and now today I own the Aegis mod with horizon tech tank and I love it the flavors r amazing. 

I'm now vaping the jam monster juice my favorite one is the new mixed berry..if this ban goes through all States I will honestly lose my mind, vaping keeps me sane and I really enjoy it.

~ annette bedford

Back when I was trying to quit smoking & started vaping, I tried all the tobacco flavors to  help me quit the cravings I still had for a cig. I thought they were awful & none of those really helped, someone told me to try a coffee flavor, so I did. i found a coffee & cream that I still vape to this day, ( the last 5 years ) It really helped with the cravings. I started on 24mg nicotine & I'm currently down to 1.5-3mg  of nic & haven't craved a cig for years. I plan on going to 0 nicotine.

 I no longer cough every morning, & I can't stand the smell of a cig. Vaping is meant for the smokers who want to quit smoking, not for an extra activity to have fun doing. I completely agree these teens shouldn't be inhaling something into their lungs that could possibly harm them but for a 25 yr smoker like me who's on there way to COPD or something worse, it's a life saver. To take away something from an adult who is trying to improve their life is wrong. Without flavors to choose from, there will be very little people able to quit smoking. 

Why ban something that just may save millions of lives?

~ chasity rain

~ Tracee

This is how flavors helped me to quit smoking.

I smoked cigarettes for almost 30 years. During this time my health declined in many ways such as shortness of breath during menial activities and increased blood pressure (because cigarettes temporarily increase your blood pressure after ingestion and mine was already on the cusp of being high). I also gained a lot of weight because in order to get the taste of the tobacco out of my mouth when I had one too many cigarettes on any given day I would indulge in a snack or two (because let's face it your toothbrush is not available on the go). This caused weight gain because if I chose something salty it would lead me to wanting something sweet within an hour or two after I ate it and if I opted for something sweet I would eventually be hunting for something salty latter on. Since increased snacking leads to increased weight gain in most cases I will now go into telling you how flavored eliquids helped me to stop smoking.

Once I started vaping and stopped smoking I could taste my foods much better. This lead to me not choosing fatty, sugary, processed foods so often because regular fruits and vegetables were tasting much better. Also dessert and candy-flavored eliquids were more satisfying for me because instead of eating something sweet and filled with fat, carbs and other things that can make a person gain weight, which would make me feel better when I ate them then much worse after the inevitable sugar crash and even more unfortunate realization that I was going to get fatter as a result which led to depression. I could vape most of my favorite candies, desserts and sweets and feel better because vaping is 95% safer than smoking, I could enjoy calorie-free sweets without any of the guilt and remorse and I could get just the little pop of sweet that always makes me feel better without worrying about portion sizes or weight gain. I could also enjoy candies, sweets and desserts that were, fat-free and always hot and fresh plus satisfy my nicotine craving at the same time. As a matter of fact this year on my birthday I bought a few bottles of birthday cake flavored eliquids so that I could vape my cake instead of eating and was planning to make a tradition of doing that in the future I enjoyed it so much.

Vaping has lead to weight loss for me. Since I started vaping which has been about a year now I have lost over 30 pounds without even trying. This can be verified by my doctor. I have also been taken off my high blood pressure meds because with the weight loss my blood pressure lower back into a normal safe zone. This can also be verified by my physician. I feel better, have more energy. Things like walking up a flight of stairs no longer leaves me feel winded. I smell better so my non-smoking family and friends are no longer harping on me about smoking and how bad it is for me. And last but not least my mild depression has diminished and is no longer a source of concern for me. Vaping has led to me drinking more water and stopping long enough to determine if I am hungry or thirsty, which also helps in weight loss. Vaping flavored eliquids is also helping me to rewire my brain as far as food in general is concerned because being able to enjoy other sweets that are not foods means that I can have my sweets and make more healthier food choices and have the best of both worlds. I'm working through food addiction because vaping provides me with the sweets I can consume without all the unfortunate side effects that regular sweets can bring into ones life. I enjoy flavored eliquids so much because I can have sweet without the awful artificial after taste that has chased me away from diets food products in the past. No diabetes, no further obesity, no high cholesterol, no worries about the amount of fat and other toxins I'm am making my kidneys filter from my body. No more squeezing into tight clothes because I don't want to admit that I'm getting fatter. No more cavities that need to be filled by the dentist. Vaping flavored eliquids has done all this and more for me in the year that I have been a vaper.

Flavored eliquids not only appeal to adults very much they are also helping us a great deal as well. I tried countless times to quit smoking and failed. I tried countless times to lose weight also in the past and failed. Flavored eliquids have help me to do both. This product needs to stay on the market and continue to be available to people who are of the legal age to consume nicotine. This life saving technology should not be taken away from all Americans because all Americans did not do anything wrong or unlawful when we decided to become vapers. You are punishing all of society for the crimes and mistakes of a few. The entire vape industry/community should not be punished because teens took it upon themselves to do something they clearly knew they were not allowed to do. It is clearly displayed on vape product packaging that consuming vape products is not allowed by persons under the legal age to smoke. All of the cases of people being hospitalized and or dying that has been attributed to vaping, happened because criminals manufactured counterfeit vape eliquids and placed them into vaping cartridges. Banning flavors will just give these same criminals a wider target market to sell their illegal and dangerous products to because it should be more the crystal clear that people like to vape flavors and all of the flavored eliquids that could be regulated will no longer on the market. Once you open the door to shutting down entire industries in order to protect teens and kids from doing things they should not be doing where does it stop? Teens take opiates? How do you plan to shut that industry down? Teens drink alcohol? Who's going to work on taking that off the market since the 1st try at doing so failed so miserably. Teens get pregnant? Are we going to try to take sex from everyone in order to stop that? Teens smoke cigarettes. Where is the legislature and the public cry to demolish that industry? Teens sniff markers to get high. Does that mean the art world is soon to be banished into mono chromed darkness and despair because we now need to take colors away? Seriously where does this end and more importantly when did we become the type of society that punishes everyone when only a few do something wrong. What is the difference between democracy and communism or fascism when the general public is being expected to endure things like what is now happening to the vaping industry? Also all the examples I gave of industries and products that teens use in order to harm themselves and others result in 100's of thousands of deaths each year. If teen were the only and main reason for destroying the vaping industry by removing flavored vaping products from the market, why then hasn't any of other things that have caused more harm in the past even been a topic of discussion or emergency legislation?

 

  1. Jordan Phillips 

Hi there. My name is Jordan and I am in favor of flavored vape juice. I feel like this is a non debatable topic as cigarettes are way worse for you yet there has not been such a quick ban on a product that is actually bad for you as this one. If this is about getting kids to not enjoy these products then this is not the way to go about it. They will find something else to smoke, which has been proven with the lung disease outbreak caused by the black market, not vape juices from professional businesses. There has yet to be any bad causes from this product. Banning this product only gives the black market more customers which in turn, more people will get sick. 

Flavored vape juice is a much better option than any of the others we have and banning this product will not stop people from getting their product elsewhere, it only makes things worse. I have been a cigarette smoker from the age of 16 for about 11 yrs. and never have I had the desire to quit until I had a better option that actually worked. Flavored vape juice has helped more people than it has made them worse off. To be so quick to ban something that has only been beneficial to many people is wrong and I believe if it’s that serious then cigarettes should be the first to go as they have done more harm to people. I really hope this isn’t the path that is to be taken and that this will be reconsidered.

 

  1. LORNA POLLARD

I was a pack a day smoker for 27 years...I started smoking cigarettes when I was 12. I tried everything to quit...gum....patches...various medications and nothing worked. Thanks to vaping I haven’t had a cigarette in about 8 years. My life and health are so much better. I would have never been able to do it without vaping. I have never vaped tobacco flavor which was one of the things that kept me from going back. The few times I tried a cigarette after I started vaping they tasted sooo bad and I was happy to keep vaping my sweet fruity flavors. 

Vaping flavored juices has probably saved my life...I have gone from having serious bronchial illnesses several times a year and using an inhaler to being able to take the stairs at work without being out of breath. My hair, clothes, car and house don’t stink like an ashtray and it costs sooooo much less than big tobacco was charging me for their cancer sticks!

 

  1. Jon

Five years ago I was an alcoholic and drug-addicted. This stopped when I went to rehab to get help. There I discovered vaping and learned how to get sober. I started with an old mech mod and cuttwood unicorn milk. I found out how much I hated cigarettes and now being 5 years clean and sober I can thank vaping for helping me through it all. Today I don’t have to be a slave to alcohol and smoking pot. So in closing, I can say 100% that vaping flavored ejuice has definitely saved my life and helps other alcoholics do the same.

 

  1. rich vespoli

My name is Richie and I smoked cigarettes for 22 years,I lost my mom and dad due to lung cancer because of cigarettes, but I was able to stop, thanks 🙏 to vaping, I started with Blu e cigs, but it just reminded me of that flavor that cigarettes have, a couple years later, my friend opened up a vape shop and that is when I came across these flavored e juices, it's all because of this that I haven't had a cigarette since June 3,2011. 

It really hurts that my mom and dad didn't have this way to stop smoking, and it really scares me that if this ban happens, people are going to go back to smoking cigarettes, and we are going to have more deaths, just like my mom and dad. Please 🙏 think about this, do you really want to take away the only thing that has got so many people to stop smoking, such as me? 

Thank you, Richard Vespoli.

 

  1. Debi Meinwieser

I started smoking when I was 12 years old. I smoked two packs a day for 39 years. I have been vaping for the past 4 years and am down to 1.5mg nic.

You see, back when I was younger we didn't know that cigarettes were bad for us. As a matter of fact when my oldest son (37) was born we were allowed to smoke in the hospital. They used to hand out little aluminum ashtrays in the hospital rooms. We were not allowed to smoke if the baby was in the room but not because of the smoke, They just wanted to make sure that the baby did not get burnt by a hot ash! I'm embarrassed to say I smoke through both of my pregnancies. When I had my younger son (31) we were still allowed to smoke in the hospital but we had to go down the hall in a smoking room. Smoking cigarettes was a very normal everyday thing for most people. 

I used to smoke while I went grocery shopping, we were allowed to smoke in the mall and in the movie theaters. My dad also smoked three packs of cigarettes a day. He actually bought me a carton a week. When my dad retired from working 2 jobs his whole life to support his family he wound up becoming very very sick from smoking he had COPD and asthma with a horrible cough! Then he wound up having hardening of the arteries in his legs. He almost had to have his foot cut off because it went totally black from the blood flow being cut off. Within a six-year. He had five artery bypass surgeries in both legs they used artificial arteries, Pig arteries, and then his own that they took from his other leg. All of them failed except for his own arteries. He was cut on both legs from his ankle to his groin that caused him to have severe neuropathy. My poor father was in pain from morning till night and when he retired he was never able to enjoy his life! He was put on pain medication and as like most of us became addicted to it until the day he died at 80 years old. In May of 2012 we had my parents over for Mother's Day and also my son's birthday we had a nice day although as usual my dad wasn't feeling well. My husband took them home at the end of the night and 20 minutes later I got a call from my mom saying that Dad collapsed and the ambulance is on the way. I said I will be right there and I will call my husband to come right back. They misdiagnosed him and said he had pneumonia when really a blood clot hit his heart! They never did call the heart doctor or bring him into surgery. When they admitted him on our way up to the room, I asked is he going to surgery or at least ICU? The transport person said no he's just going into a regular room, they will have doctors treat him in the morning.  

My dad said to me Deb, I need you to promise me something. I said what's that dad? He said promise you will take care of your mother and I don't want the two of you to argue.  He said to my mother also you two better behave LOL I said that of course I'm going to take care of Mom. I'll sleep at your house until you get home. He said Deb you don't understand, I'm not coming home. I'm going to die.

Of course, I didn't believe him and I said “Dad stop you'll be fine” and he said “Deb I'm serious I'm not going to come home you need to promise me you're going to take care of your mother.” He told me to take her home and I kissed him and said I love you Dad.  He said I love you to honey!

We left to go home & 15 minutes later we opened the door & the phone rang, the nurse said you need to get back here your father took a turn for the worst. That's all she told me... When we got there I saw them performing CPR in the room. They were shocking his chest & pushing on his chest and blowing air into his mouth for 40 long minutes! Needless to say, I was screaming and crying, my mother was freaking out and crying and neither one of us knew what to do as we sat there watching my dad lay in the bed and he was DEAD! Yes, I should have sued the hospital but I never once thought about it until it was too late. My dad was right he knew he was going to die because they misdiagnosed him and weren't taking care of him properly.

My mother is 89 yrs old & has been living with me ever since that night! I didn't need to promise as I wouldn't have it any other way.  He always told me that before it's too late you need to get off these damn cigarettes. 

I enjoyed smoking I never thought I would quit even though I had asthma and use the inhaler and nebulizer every single day I didn't care. I also had vascular disease and I too suffer from severe neuropathy from the vascular disease. After Dad died I wanted to stop subjecting my mom to my second-hand smoke and I was tired of coughing up a lung every morning and having yellow walls.i was tired of sticking like a dirty ask tray. I knew it was time...

I tried to quit a few times but I always failed. One day I saw a vape shop and I thought to myself, I should give it a try. The shop owner found the perfect setup for me ( kangertech Juppi) and allowed me to try different flavors of E-liquid at his sample bar. I immediately fell in love with vanilla bean ice cream and blueberry cake! I didn't quit immediately but after 3 months of going back & forth I found myself reaching for the vanilla ice cream because it was so delicious. I still have my last pack of cigs to remind me how disgusting they are and how far I've come. I no longer have asthma nor do I need my inhaler or nebulizer. Also, my mother never smoked a day in her life but she suffered from COPD & asthma from second hand smoke. Mom no longer has either and her lungs are clear and healthy! 

I could never have been able to quit if I only had the choice to vape tobacco or menthol flavors. I would rather smoke. Flavors truly saved my life and prolonged my mother's life so she doesn't have to live attached to oxygen any longer. I love collecting different mods & tanks but without flavors they will all be useless. Honestly, I am extremely nervous if New Jersey imposes a vape ban. I feel so bad for New York & Michigan who already imposed the flavor ban. So many people are out of jobs, lost their business and most importantly are without their flavors!

We all need to continue to fight! I went to Trenton and spoke at the hearing. We haven't heard their decision yet. Praying this all gets resolved and we all can continue to use a product that is a 95% safer alternative to smoking!

A dragonfly has been hanging around my patio for the past 2 years.  They say a dragonfly is an angel coming to visit. My Dad sees that I am caring for mom and am finally cigarette free!! I did it Dad!!

 

  1. Exotic Petting Zoo

Did you know that nicotine is the only drug found to reverse brain damage caused by psychosis? I had been in and out of mental hospitals for two years. Diagnosed schizoaffective. I went from earning six figures to being unable to work. I drained my savings. I almost went bankrupt, almost homeless. However, I was getting better, much better, over time.

It was very slow as as I said, this was over a period of two years. I was 24 years old, psychotic, and alone. My family abandoned me during my first psychotic break. Anyways, I read about a study that said nicotine helps with psychosis. 90% of schizophrenics smoke.

So I went out and bought a vape. I intentionally "got addicted" to nicotine and it was the best thing I ever did. My mind started clearing up. I can't really explain it, because I wasn't really psychotic anymore after two years.

However, my brain just didn't seem to be working anymore. There was a lot of PTSD. My mind was just a mess. Do you know what it's like to have flashbacks of a delusion where you were speeding down the street, convinced that some group of people is following you. Hearing them say they are going to catch and kill you.

I've had that delusion several times. My flashbacks feel like there was legitimately people in my house. I don't know how to explain it. I was really stupid. I couldn't write anything. I barely spoke.

The medications took away my psychosis. However, my mind was still very broken. After I started vaping it all started to lift. I regained my ability to communicate, think clearly, write, and remember. After 6 months I returned to work part time. After a year I was working full-time again.

Now two years later, I feel like I have almost completely recovered my IQ. Nicotine is actually a medication. It's good for some people, it's okay for others. If they banned vaping I would have to start smoking.

I vowed to myself, when I was 8 years old and my grandma died of lung cancer, that I would never smoke a single cigarette. That's what they would force me to do so I can get my medication? Really?

We know lung cancer kills 160,000 thousand people a year! We have like twenty deaths "from vaping" nationwide after it being popular for 10 years. We also know that most, if not all, of these deaths were caused by black market THC vape cartridges.

I would rather see 60% of all students vaping and 0% smoking, instead of 20% of all students smoking. That's not what is actually been happening, but it would be acceptable if it did so, in my opinion.

Don't take away my medication for your crony capitalism scheme. Don't force people to use drugs in a dangerous out-dated method.

Bri

 

  1. Shelly C

Here’s a true story, no joking, how vaping flavors helped me quit smoking. I’ve smoked for over 20 years of my life, but I had to quit for myself and my wife. The flavors made it easy for me to quit, because it tastes better than the tobacco in a cigarette. Now I’ve quit smoking cigarettes for good, so vaping flavors does work as it should.

 

  1. Jared Arney

Well, for me this all started about twenty nine years ago.

I was about 16 years of age I believe, times were a little simpler didn’t have as many worries as I do today. Wow where do I start, I had an older brother that smoked and me being very young and impressionable I really want to try it, thought it was the cool thing wanted to fit in. I dabbled a bit in smoking and didn’t really get hooked till after I started my first job. Again, just wanted to fit in, hell I had already quit school been emancipated and was living on my own. Well years went on as they always do and of course little to my knowledge at the time I was hooked really bad.

I stared out trying I don’t know how damn many brands and flavors till I eventually found my flavor. Well the under a pack a day eventually became to about two and a half packs a day.

No matter how many times I tried to quit Wamo I always went back to those nasty smokes.

Twenty seven years later I was still smoking not able to quit and pissed off cause I could not cut back or slow down frustration at its worst I tried patches, pills even tried the little vaping pens, those were a damn mess tried vaping a couple more times. 

I actually ran into I guy from the wife’s work and helped me out and got me started on vaping.

I’m going on over two years vaping and no smoking.

I guess you just put certain things in the back of your mind such as smells cause cigarettes smell like burning dog shit. I don’t even think about them I believe I made the right decision based on how I feel now I can breathe for one cigarettes were killing me and I beat the cigarettes, I did it for me cause I matter.

 

  1. M. Dang

I was in the 6th grade when I started smoking. Aug 20th I turned 43. Before I started vaping I was smoking 2 ¹/² to 3 packs a day. I tried to quit over and over again but nothing would work. With the medications I'm already on for extreme anxiety manic bipolar depression, I couldn't take medicine to quit. I couldn't get pass a couple hours if even that without a cigarette. I have chronic bronchitis and had been in hospital twice for pneumonia, but even with that I just couldn't give them up. Sept.1st 2016 I was driving down Park Blvd about 4pm. My son was sitting in the back seat very quiet which is very unusual for him. I asked him what was up, he told me that some of the kids had asked if he smokes and had told them no but they said you smell like cigarettes every day. That hurt my heart so bad. Mom I use the body spray and cologne that you bought me. Anyone knows if you smoke it doesn't matter how much cologne you spray it stinks.

 I'm a single mom, and with all my health issues my kids said they want me to take of myself so I can be there for them. My children are truly a blessing. I usually don't put my info out there but I think these people that are trying to ban flavors needs to know everyone's story. So I saw this Vape shop on Park Blvd and went in with hope they could help me. They spent 45 mins with me giving all kinds info got me started with my first setup Kanger tech mini sub tank kit,and guess what? My first flavor was Beard 24 which is a Carmel malt shake. That's what started me on my vaping journey. Since I started vaping I haven't had a chronic bronchitis attack in the three years.i don't smell like smoke most of all my kids don't smell like cigarettes. I'm not weezy anymore. I don't wake up in the middle of the night for a cigarette... And that means a lot to me.

We all have our own stories about how we all started vaping, but we all have something in common and that is that we don't smoke cigarettes anymore. That is reason enough to keep the flavors. There's a lot of people that are affected by cigarettes, the people that do the smoking and the people that love them. Instead of trying to get rid of flavors that are helping people successfully quit smoking we should be embracing this new found miracle. This is a community of people that have this one problem, and there is a solution to this problem... It's not just vaping it's a community it's a better way of life with everyone in this community acting as a family to help one another out a beautiful support system that has grown to epic proportions.  

The Vaping community hasn't just helped people quit smoking but it's giving people other outlets in their lives. It's given people jobs and helped people start businesses, businesses that they are proud of, that they want to be able to help as many as they can, to share the same miracle that helped them quit. It's not all about money. It's a love of helping their fellow man.  

 Mary Dang

 

  1. Donnie McAbee

For 8 years I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day and on average 2 cans of smokeless tobacco a week. I started smoking when I was 15 yrs old and smoked until I was 30. I had tried multiple times to quit but, I had no luck. I tried gum, patches, and meds and no of it helped me quit. I just craved it and nothing was helping. At around the 30yr mark, my uncle who had smoked for 30 years was in the hospital dying with lung cancer. It was terrible to watch him suffer. After leaving that hospital room I was dead set on quitting. I tried and failed.  

My youngest daughter was close to being born and my oldest daughter looked at me one day and said "daddy, I don't want you dying like Uncle Michael" which really hit me hard. So, again I decided to go to the store and give nicotine gum a 4th try. When I was in checkout I looked up behind the lady checking everyone out and seen a "Blu cig" so when I got up to the counter I asked about it. She explained it to me and I decided why not give it a try. I bought the starter kit Which came with 2 tobacco flavored cartomizers, a cherry flavor and a vanilla flavor. I was excited to try it out.

I first tried a tobacco flavor. It tasted great but, it left me craving a cigarette. After 2 days I bought a pack of camels and put the Blu up. I figured "it just makes me crave a cigarette" I hadn't tried the other flavors yet. I didn't think it would make a difference. I finished that pack of camels in a half a day and went to buy another one. Well, later that night I kept thinking about what my daughter had said. I decided that I'd try the other flavors. I tried the vanilla. The first time it hit my taste buds I was in disbelief! No way something could be that tasty! But, sure enough it was. That night was a turning point. That FLAVOR of vanilla was the turning point. That was night marked the night that I would never smoke another cig and 8 yrs later I have never touched another. 

Since then I have tried all the flavors that I could. Switched to better mods, better attys, and better flavor. To this day vanilla and custard are my favorite flavors. In my opinion and the opinion of my fellow vapers, vaping has saved my life.

#wevapewevote

 

  1. rob phillips

I started smoking when i was 12 ,, been smoking for 40 years ,, Jan, 1 i stopped smoking and want to vaping i love all the flavors out there i want from 6 mg for 6 months  now down to 3 mg soon to be down to 0 mg . vaping have saved my life . back in Dec . i was diagnose with COPD stage 2 Dr told me i need to stop smoking then in Jan, i took up flavor e juice  and naver looked back , if they take a way flavor e juice a lot more people may not be so lucky as i am to suit smoking and going to vaping flavor e juice  

 

  1. Oscar Salgado 

Hello, My Name Is Oscar Salgado Im 23 And Heres My Little Story.

Well For Me Vaping Basically Saved My Life. I Was 13 When I Started Using Drugs/Cigarettes and i Ended Up In The Hospital. After That I Had A Baby So I Decided For Her I’d Stop.

Then I Found Out About Vaping Like 4-5 Years Later On Youtube From (RipTrippers) I Thought It Was Cool/Amazing So Then I Got My First Kit Which Was The Kangertech And An Ipv2 Or 3 I Don't Remember But I Got Into Fruity/Candy E Juices And Cereal Flavored E-Liquids.

I Started Vaping At 18 Or 19 And Im 23 Now And Im Healthier Now Then I Was Back Then, My Wife Loves That Im Not Into Drugs Anymore She Prefers Vaping Over Anything For Me. As For My Daughter Im Glad I Stopped All That For Her.

Lately The Flavored Ban Is Scarring A Lot Of Us Because It Can Or Might Take Us Back To Our Old Ways. It's A Scary Situation But I'm Still Hoping It’ll All Go Away And Go Back To Normal.

Thank You Guys For Letting Me Share My Story,
I Hope It Can Help Someone Else.

 

  1. Laura Sawyer

I started smoking before I was 16. I had stopped once for 3yrs, gained a lot of weight, started back, mainly to get back to size I once was. Then some years later I stopped again for a year and a half. Started once again. I tried the first ecigerettes, that were supposed to taste like cigarettes, that didn’t work for me. 

Finally, the vaping craze started. I tried once again. This time something worked for me.  The flavors are what got me to finally lay the cigarettes down. I vape sweet flavors. It satisfies me in every way. I don't want cigarettes. Don't like the smell of them. I've went from 24mg to 3mg. I get my fix of my desserts without eating them and I've not gained a lot of weight. Plus, my husband found out he had COPD. So, this doesn't hurt him. I took care of 2 situations with one little thing....flavor!

Thanks to all that developed this wonderful alternative to cigarettes. They truly have saved many lives.

Love, Laura Sawyer 

 

  1. Gin P

After a visit to my dr office I found out I have copd. My Doctor recommended vaping to stop smoking. I started vaping 3-4 years ago. Flavors make it pleasant to vape and menthol flavors help me breathe better as well. I used to be on oxygen most all the time. Now I just mainly use oxygen to sleep and I can function and breathe much better. 

Vaping has changed my life and I got my husband to vape as well. No more sitting outside in the cold or the heat so I don’t have to feel sick anymore. I am thankful for vaping and improving my health. 

 

  1. Ashley M 

I think of the 5 years

I spent enslaved to its beck and call.

I think of the lies I told myself to ensure

its hold on me. How I convinced myself

that its treacherous act was fulfilling some 

Need, some longing that mysteriously

never went away. I think of the twenty

times each day I held the delusion

that it was making me feel better,

and thought I was sane in the process.

 

And now I think of the past 6 years

Being about to move and feel more alive

I think of the times I relied on something that wanted me to die

This new feeling is amazing, the smell of fruit

The no longer aftertaste, 

being in  shape 

I now feel like I’m in control 

 

I think of the lengths I would go to

to get one I was 15 - Late night solitary walks

to liquor stores in dangerous neighborhoods,

taking money from my friends and my family,

Waiting for checks, working at a young age just to support my habit. 

I think of how I convinced myself I was normal

and not a “real” junkie. How I lied to myself

constantly. I shudder at the thought. But things

are better now. I am free. I looked the demon

in his face, and saw him for the liar that he is.

 

When I look back now, here we are 6 years later

The late nights turned into drives blowing my blueberry goodness throughout the night

Working to try the new amazing fruity flavors my brands real ease,

Convinced I’m more in shape and better minded then I was when I was young

I lied to myself and listen to others when I thought it was cool and helping my mid life crisis 

I look up now and I’m in control

 

  1. Caleb Thomas

Vaping saved my life.

 I used to smoke almost a pack to a pack and a half of cigarettes a day. I tried to quit smoking so many times but I couldn’t. My wife hated the smell and the fact that what I was doing was killing me. The fact that if we had kids, secondhand smoke was a big deal. I would be putting them in harms way because I couldn’t stop. Secondhand vapor is not harmful can provide scientific and medical studies if you want. It was when I got married that I made the switch to vaping. I started out at a high MG (24mg) and have tapered myself down to between 3mg and 0mg. 0mg has absolutely no nicotine, the addictive component in tobacco products. We see a 90% failure rate for people who try to quit smoking the traditional way, either through cold turkey, patches, or even hypnosis. Used to be, I couldn’t Go 5 or 10 minutes without a cigarette. They control your thoughts AND your actions. I still vape, but I don’t need to use it every 10 minutes. I can go hours without using it and have even gone days. I can run a mile without a problem. Before, I may have been able to run 40 yards before getting too winded to breath. How was I supposed to be able to play with my kids?! I made Ashlee a promise that I would actively try to quit altogether when we had kids and I’ve been doing that. I don’t have to worry about the little one getting ahold of it and accidentally dying because it’s sweet and she drinks it. 0mg can be drank straight from the bottle, although I don’t know why you would want to. One of the main things that helped me switch and get to the point where I am now was the flavors. I tried e-cigarettes that were tobacco or menthol flavored before I was married and it didn’t work. But when I discovered the candy flavored vapor products, I knew I found a winner. I haven’t had a cigarette in 5 years. I can kiss my wife without feeling subconsciously insecure because I know she smells me and it turns her stomach. I can sit in a car and use it without the worry of hurting her or anyone else. The flavor is what attracted me and enabled me to stop smoking cigarettes (the leading cause of death in the US). Without it, I may very well still be smoking. Struggling to quit and failing miserably. I feel confident that I can stop using the vape product in the future, something that I never thought would be possible with cigarettes. These flavor bans do nothing to protect the youth that are using them. They will use tobacco or menthol flavored products in place. It’s the feeling that comes with nicotine that these youth want. The “high” you get as a new smoker. Those of you who smoke know exactly what I’m talking about. When you smoke a cigarette for the first time, or anything with high amounts of nicotine for that matter, you get a buzz. That goes away very soon and all your left with is addiction. 

These kids aren’t getting their hands on these things because of the flavor, they’re getting them because adults are making poor decisions and are buying them for them. We have a kid at work who continually asks me to try my vape, saying that he smokes already. I have zero tolerance for that crap. It’s a stiff no each and every time. In order to protect our youth from these lifelong addictions, there need to be stricter laws on providing underage kids these nicotine and tobacco related products. Age limits need to be in place but higher than age 18 or even 19. I will flack from the vaping community for saying that it needs to be 21 (I also believe that about cigarettes) because a child’s brain isn’t fully formed until ages 20-23. Why an age limit? Because I believe that every person has a choice. It was my choice to start smoking at age 18...at a Christian college that bans smoking (shoutout to MVNU). I may have legally been considered an adult, but I was still very immature and my brain was still forming. That’s how I got addicted to nicotine, and it’s taken over 10 years to get to the point where I am now. I didn’t actively try to quit altogether when I made the switch, but because I made the switch, it has made the possibility of quitting jump through the roof. Please, don’t let misinformation mislead you and guide your decision making on these products. Rather, be an advocate for these youth by demanding that stronger laws be put in place to punish adults who provide teens with these products. And for the love of all that is good, DON’T START IN THE FIRST PLACE...whether it be vaping or smoking in the first place. But like I said, as an adult you can make your own decisions. You want to wreck your health by smoking, then by all means, wreck away but don’t drag anyone else down with you. Don’t start vaping if you don’t smoke in the first place, but if you do, you need to be an adult and aware that it is addicting if you vapor products that contain nicotine (again anything other than 0mg). If that’s the decision you want to make...AS AN ADULT...then that’s your choice but don’t be handing kids these products and don’t be buying them for them. Be responsible IN your actions and be responsible FOR your actions.