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  • After being a heavy smoker for 15 years and trying everything I could to quit (Zyban, Champix, patched & gum), I discovered e-cigarettes. I have been vaping for 4 years now and have not had a single cigarette in the time! The change in my health has been phenomenal. The coughing and wheezing is gone and I feel like I can breath again. I used to get respiratory tract infections at least 3 times a years, and no longer do. Without the switch to vaping, there was a very real chance that my family would be sitting without a father and husband right now and for this I am truly grateful.

    – Shane Wiseman

    “The change in my health has been phenomenal”

  • The health benefits are great, I can smell better, I can taste better and I no longer suffer from asthma.
    My eldest daughter also no longer has asthma. As much as you try keep your children away from second hand smoke you can’t. Cigarette smoke lingers, vapour doesn’t.

    – Roxy du Plooy

    “I no longer suffer from asthma”

  • I have regained taste and lost those morning lethargic feelings when waking up. I feel so much better #vapingisthefuture.

    – Tauriq Jacobs

     

    “I feel so much better”

  • I have been successfully off combustible cigarettes for over 2 years and feel like a new person. My stamina and fitness levels are through the roof, and I have regained taste and smell. I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    – Dashiell Hawkins

    “My stamina and fitness levels are through the roof”

  • I smoked for more than 15 years and tried many times, with many different products and techniques to quit smoking. The best I could manage was 3 months. I knew that I had to quit as my health was deteriorating and my blood pressure and sugar levels were getting out of control. Try as I may, none of the products on the market helped me quit for good. On recommendation from a friend I started vaping and I have been clean off cigarettes for a year. My blood pressure has stabilised and my sugar levels are normal again and I have not touched my asthma pump since. Vaping is saving my life, keeping me healthy and still providing me with a clean alternative to smoking, which was a habit. If not for health reasons, I would still have smoked because I enjoyed it. Vaping is not smoking. It does not pollute the air like cigarettes do, does not cause second hand smoke which is bad for other people around you and I say again, it is saving my life! I have not felt this good in many, many years.

    – Adriaan Cryuwagen

    “I have not felt this good in many, many years”

  • I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking with lower risk of cancer as I believe some harmful chemicals in cigarettes causes cancer. Vaping is not a tobacco product, it’s just a way to have nicotine. In that light, are you going to classify nicotine patches and gums as tobacco?

    – Sameshen Moodley

    “Do you classify nicotine patches and gums as tobacco?”

  • I have been off traditional cigarettes for 227 days today (18/11/2017) and will never go back.
    I can breathe better and taste again. Vaping is not the same as smoking – there are NO harmful chemicals and NO combustion. Vaping saved me.

    – Kobus Kolver

    “Vaping saved me”

  • After smoking for over 20 years I decided to quit. For a period of 7 years I tried every known method to quit smoking – from going cold turkey, using the patch, trying different medications and even hypnosis and acupuncture. Nothing worked as I continually failed and went back to smoking. About 2 years ago I started vaping and within weeks I stopped smoking cigarettes. I haven’t touched a cigarette since then. Physically and mentally I feel a million times better. Vaping literally saved my life.

    – Ian Coleshaw

    “Vaping literally saved my life”

  • After smoking for 16 years and suffering from shortness of breath and hypertension besides all the other side effects I was able to kick the habit by switching to ecigs. The benefits were almost immediate and after 3 years SMOKE free have a new lease on life and have medically been instructed to stop all hypertension meds as it was not required.

    – Craig Jethro

    “The benefits of switching were almost immediate”

  • I have successfully quit smoking cancer-causing cigarettes, cigars & hubly bubly. I have been able to quit smoking due to vaping. I fully believe vaping is the safer alternative to smoking. It is also a great base to start new friendships & encourage social behaviour as it is an exciting conversation starter and a major subject for collectors and hobbyists. Smoking is dead. Vaping is the future. AND THE FUTURE IS NOW.

    – Michael Nortmann

    “Vaping is the future”

  • I’ve been a pack a day type of smoker for 10 years and tried everything to quit. Patches, gum, you name it, nothing worked until I found out about vaping. Now I have the ability to forget my vape at home and not crave for anything.
    I truly believe that vaping is not a tobacco product nor should it be classed as one. Since I’ve switched I’ve been able to breath easier, run for longer, taste food better and I just have more energy and enthusiasm than I did while I was on cigarettes. Don’t class vaping as a tobacco product because then I’ll be forced to stand around smokers and might fall back into the trap.

    – Salvadore Williams

    “I have more energy and enthusiasm”

  • After smoking heavily for 32 years (40 to 50 cigarettes per day), I switched to vaping 4 years ago. My health improved dramatically, my taste buds came back to life, I saw a huge improvement in my lifestyle. Smoking cigarettes kills, vaping does not. Vaping is a life saver.

    Vaping IS NOT smoking cigarettes.

    – Carlos Campos

    “Vaping is not smoking”

  • After nearly a decade of smoking I decided that on my 25th birthday I was going to finally quit cigarettes. I’d tried to quit before, either going cold turkey (and failing) or trying to wean myself off (and failing). What made this final attempt different from the previous attempts? On my 25th birthday I received a vaping device from my family. I managed to use it to fend off the worst of the cravings and haven’t had a cigarette in well over two years now. My health has improved dramatically since – I find myself able to exercise more freely, my sense of taste and smell has improved and I no longer cough in the mornings. Vaping has changed my life and it can change the lives of millions more…if it is given a chance.

    – Mitchell Luthi

    “I haven’t had a cigarette in well over two years now”

  • Firstly, I’m a diabetic and I often crave something sweet. Vaping fills that gap. I vape something sweet and I’m satisfied. Secondly, even though I gave up smoking 3 years ago, I still crave a cigarette especially in times of high stress. Instead of giving in to that craving, I vape. I’m still getting the nicotine but without the cancer-causing toxins present in cigarettes.

    – Laurel Swartz

    “I’m still getting the nicotine but without the cancer-causing toxins”

  • I was a smoker for six years, and been cigarette-free for four years since making the switch to electronic cigarettes / vape devices; nothing else has helped — not cold turkey or reducing my consumption helped. My sense of smell and taste is sharper, I can be active for longer, and my overall quality of life has drastically improved since making the change.

    – Scott Miller

    “My overall quality of life has drastically improved”

  • Before vaping I couldn’t even run a kilometre, now I run 5 km every weekend and play squash every night and I don’t ever get short of breath.

    – Taariq Hussain

    “I now run 5 km every weekend”

  • Vaping helped me quit cigarettes, it saves lives and provides a healthy and safe alternative to smoking in my opinion. My father, his brothers, my brother-in-law, my friends and my family all attest to this and have also successfully quit traditional cigarettes.

    – Naeem Moolla

    “My whole family quit smoking thanks to vaping”

  • Ever since moving over to vaping products I have noticed many benefits to my health, better breathing, sleep cycles improved and improvement in my physical fitness above the norm. I have also gotten feedback from friends and family that vaping smells better and is far less offensive in social settings in terms of smell. Quite honestly, it tastes better, smells better and is less harmful. Don’t class these products with tobacco, please.

    – Rudi Venter

    Vaping smells better and is far less offensive in social settings in terms of smell

  • I breathe much better, I exercise much better now that I vape and not smoke traditional cigarettes. I always wanted to quit but could not get satisfaction from anything until I stared vaping. My girlfriend hated the smell of cigarettes and used to cause issues with us, since I’ve been vaping she doesn’t complain at all about me vaping.

    – Muhammed Thoken

    “I breathe much better”

  • I used to wake up in the morning and cough for 5 minutes to get rid of the phlegm. I am also an asthma sufferer.
    I would be sick at least twice during winter. I quit cigarettes 4 years, 1 month and 13 days ago. I can honestly say it was one of the best things I could have ever done. I haven’t been sick for 2 years now. I no longer have a phlegm problem, and my asthma is practically non-existent. My sense of smell and taste is now amazing, although not always a good thing sometimes :D.

    Switching from smoking to vaping has completely changed my quality of life for the better.

    – Chad S Botha

    “Switching from smoking to vaping has completely changed my quality of life for the better”

  • I have quit smoking for two years now by being able to vape. Vaping is not smoking and helped me to breath easier again.

    – Bevin Schuurman

    “Vaping helped me to breathe easier”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I have been vaping for nearly a year and managed to kick a 14 year addiction to cigarettes. Vaping saves lives. Being able to vape indoors boosts my productivity and I don’t smell like a stinky ashtray. It also means that I can enjoy my vape and not put others at risk due to second hand smoke. 2nd hand vapour is as harmless as the air we breath. Not all e-liquids contain tobacco and thus can’t be classified as such. That would be like saying that water should be classified with vodka and alcohol, it just doesn’t make sense.

    – Natalie Buser

    “I kicked a 14 year cigarette addiction through vaping”

  • I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.
    I also don’t have to worry about anyone around inhaling my vapour and getting lung cancer from second hand smoking.

    – Jay du Randt

    “I don’t have to worry about anyone around inhaling my vapour and getting lung cancer from second hand smoking”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. And its more healthy in our house meaningbkids dont get sick as much as before.

    – Kitty Janse van Rensburg

    “I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking”

  • Vaping has changed my life. I managed to stop smoking because of it after 12 years but that is the least of it. After years of struggling, vaping gave me a new chance at life. I had become isolated , jobless and friendless.

    Now I work at a vape store and have friends and employment and a new enjoyment of life. Vaping has done so much for me and I will happily go all out to defend it.

    – Michail Reyneke

    “I stopped smoking because of vaping after 12 years”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping. I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. I started vaping in February 2016 after my mom had undergone brain surgery, but didn’t want to quit cigarettes. I thought maybe if I quit smoking and started vaping then she would quit too and she did. I always use to go for a 4km jog in the afternoon, but at about 3km, I’d start walking when I was smoking. After I started vaping I immediately felt better and could go the full 4km within a week and not feel like I was gonna die. Vaping has saved my life literally and anyone deeming this as a tobacco product will be making a huge mistake. I do believe that vaping is 95% safer than cigarettes due to the fact that I can now taste better, I feel much healthier, I breathe easier, I don’t get throat infections anymore. Vaping saves lives, don’t destroy it by classifying it as a tobacco product.

    – Arshad Moerat

    “Vaping saves lives, don’t destroy it by classifying it as a tobacco product”

  • I smoked for approximately 20 years. I know it was a stupid move to start smoking in the first place and regretted that awful decision when I realised that I was addicted. I tried numerous other ways to quit smoking like the nicotine gum, nicotine patches and even acupuncture. Nothing helped to get me off the evil stinkies. Vaping finally sealed the nail to my smoking addiction. I have been cigarette free for the past 5 years thanks to vaping. I recently took a puff when I was around friends and felt totally grossed out which makes me believe that I will never go back to smoking cigarettes ever again. My health drastically improved, I can walk and climb steps without wheezing or breathing heavily. My family life has improved in that I don’t smell like an ashtray. I am more productive at work in that don’t feel the need to step out of the office every 15 minutes for a smoke break. I was able to reduce my nicotine dependency by slowly reducing the amount of nicotine in the vape juice, with the aim to vape nicotine-free juice soon. Vaping has truly changed my life for the better. In my experience, as well as multiple other views on vaping, vaping is a gateway to quit smoking. The vape industry is beneficial to our economy in that numerous opportunities exist. I do my best to only purchase local products in order to grow the industry and empower our local entrepreneurs. Although I understand the need for regulation in the vape industry from a safety perspective, I know that any drastic measures like grouping vaping with tobacco products will kill the industry resulting in job losses and killing the dreams of our local entrepreneurs. My sincere plea is that government consider the ramifications of the decisions they make regarding the vape industry since it is clear there is health benefits to vaping and the positive impact vaping can have on our depressed economy.

    – Fred Fredarikson

    “I have been cigarette free for the past 5 years thanks to vaping”

  • After smoking up to 2 packs a day for 23 years, I was finally able to quit due to vaping. I had tried the patch, go cold turkey, gum, even Smoke Enders, but nothing worked. I wanted to quit, I just couldn’t. Honestly, if vaping didn’t exist I would still be smoking now. I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping. I’ve been vaping for just over 4 years now with no issues at all. The only time I cough is to clear my throat, nothing like when I was smoking. I also don’t get headaches like I used to. I would get headaches which are called ice-pick headaches, basically feels like your head is slowly exploding and that was from smoking cigs. I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    – Richard Wellbeloved

    “If vaping didn’t exist I would still be smoking now”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    Studies in Great Britain shows that vaping is safer and healthier than traditional tobacco smoking.

    If you really want to do something about vaping, promote it in order to eradicate traditional tobacco products.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    – Wayne Gibson

    “Vaping is safer and healthier than traditional tobacco smoking”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping. I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. It also gave me the opportunity to assist people I love by supporting them to move over from smoking to vaping , making them feel healthier.

    – Louis Nel

    “I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping. I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. Vaping took me from 40 cigarettes a day, to no cigarettes at all. Vaping has helped me quit a nasty habit and because of that my quality of life has improved 10 fold!
    Vaping saved my life. It has nothing to do with tobacco. There is no way to justify that a liquid that is vaporised has any similarity to the burning of tobacco. It’s two totally unrelated industries.

    – Grant Difford

    “Vaping took me from 40 cigarettes a day, to no cigarettes at all”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping. I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. I have been smoke free for more than two years because of vaping.
    I will never go back to cigarettes!!!

    – Michael Ueckermann

    “I have been smoke free for more than two years because of vaping”

  • I have been off the stinkies for over 3 years now, and could not be happier. Vaping has saved and changed my life, as well as my friends and relatives’.

    I can breath better, smell better, taste better; and I am no longer short of breath which was becoming a real concern.

    Vaping definitely saves lives, I am living proof of the that.

    I urge anyone that is struggling to quit smoking to give vaping a try. I haven’t touched a cigarette in 2 months and you will no doubt notice the difference.

    – Justin Hull

    “Vaping has saved and changed my life”

  • I quit smoking within a month due to vaping. It has saved my life. Vaping IS THE alternative to smoking. The research is out there to be read by anyone. The NHS now supports vaping because they have now realised that it is saving millions of lives. E-cigarettes are NOT tobacco products. It is not smoking. Nothing is burned. No smoke is produced, only vapour.

    – Philip du Plessis

    “I quit smoking within a month due to vaping”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. I was a heavy smoker before and had to go to the doctor often. I was told in order to stay healthy I needed to quite and luckily for me I’ve found a healthy alternative.

    – Riyaad Mohamed

    “I was a heavy smoker before and had to go to the doctor often”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. Vaping is healthier, better smelling, and its saved me a great deal of money. I happen to work in a vape shop now due to my love for it. Im currently on 0 nicotine and now just do it for the joy of it.

    – Brandon Nigrini

    “Vaping is healthier and better smelling”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have not once faltered. Nor once even thought about going back and as such have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    My health has never been better, I have been able to achieve the fitness I only dreamed about in my early 20s. Recent scans had doctors baffled as my lungs now look like a total non smoker.

    – Cameron Anderson

    “My lungs now look like a total non smoker”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    Vaping has improved my life and my health.

    This is a community that wants a better, healthier lifestyle.

    – Yusuf Omar

    “Vaping has improved my life and my health”

  • Vaping has saved my life. I used to smoke 20 cigarettes per day.
    In the mornings I used to have a terrible cough and it wouldn’t go away until I had a smoke.
    Whenever I did anything physical my chest would burn and I would have great difficulty breathing.
    I tried many times to quit smoking, but it was too hard for me, even though I knew it was bad for me. Then I found vaping, about a year ago.
    Vaping can deliver the nicotine without the tar and all the dangerous chemicals found in traditional tobacco products. I am able to exercise, sleep through the night without coughing or difficulties breathing.

    Please consider all the objective good that these products can do before throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    – Gian Loots

    “Vaping has saved my life”

  • I have successfully stopped smoking cigarettes by using a vape and certified e-liquid. The improvement in my health is very clear. No more coughing up nasty mucus every day, no more cravings and I’m not out of breath when doing daily activities. Not to mention that I can smell and taste everything again. Another bonus about vaping is that everyone around me does not smell a stinking cigarette.

    – Christo Roesch

    “I can smell and taste everything again”

  • I started smoking cigarettes at the age of 15 years. I tried quitting about 3 years ago and within less than a month I was back to cigarettes and smoking even more than before, which was about 2 packets a day. I woke up with a terrible cough every morning. I needed to quit but simply couldn’t. I did some research on the pros and cons of vaping in December 2016. On the 7 of January 2017 I started vaping and have been cigarette free ever since.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to anyone trying to quit cigarettes

    – William Lewendaal

    “I have been cigarette free since January 2017”

  • Hi my name is Engela van der Merwe and I have been smoking traditional cigarettes for over 40 years and seen my health deteriorate. Until my grandson introduced me to vaping. He gave it to me to see if I could stop smoking and start vaping instead as a healthier alternative. I gave it a shot and after 2 weeks I was completely off traditional cigarettes and started vaping full time. I have noticed my health getting better, and I did not have any cravings or negative side effects. Things started tasting and smelling better smelling. Thanks to vaping I have my health back.

    – Engela van der Merwe

    “Thanks to vaping I have my health back”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternatively to smoking and tobacco usage.

    – Michael Qvist

    “I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternatively to smoking and tobacco usage”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    I don’t even Vape every day anymore because my juice contains no nicotine. It’s almost been a year since my last cigarette. I smoked for 18 years. Feeling so much better since quitting and feel it would not have been possible for me without the help of vaping.

    – Wesley Petersen

    “It’s almost been a year since my last cigarette”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    Vaping has helped me so much, I can breather again, I can go to gym no problem where as with cigarettes I couldn’t gym properly cause it made me weak. I was in Germany and I visited a vape store there, the owner could speak English and he told us that in Germany they put regulations on vaping because the tobacco industries were losing too many clients, therefore the government was losing the tobacco tax and tax on the medical industries because people who were vaping were getting healthier.

    – Fraser Carpenter

    “Vaping has helped me so much”

  • After having smoked for 40 years and unsuccessfully tried to give up using various methods, I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    – Renaldo Rheeder

    “I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    Since vaping, compared to smoking, my lung capacity has gotten better.

    My gym fitness has drastically increased and I am feeling healthier in general. I truly believe that vaping should be classified differently to smoking as it does not have the negative side effects that second hand smoke from cigarettes produce. It has no noticeable side effects on people around vapers. It does not smell. It does not discolour or destroy anything around it etc.

    – Daylin Kirk

    “My gym fitness has drastically increased”

  • Since moving to vaping I have significantly cut down on smoking and have already noticed a great improvement in my health. I still smoke, however, thanks to vaping, I intend on fully quitting and for once it is a reachable goal. Not only do I feel better health wise, but I am also losing weight thanks to the sweet flavours available. It has allowed me to cut down on my sugar intake, while still giving my taste buds their sugar fix.

    – Nicole Moosmuller

    “I’ve noticed a great improvement in my health”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    Not only is it better for the environment, it’s tobacco free and I believe much less harmful to users and people around them.

    – Wynand Grobler

    “vaping is much less harmful to users and people around them”

  • I smoked 80 cigarettes a day. Tried everything – hypnosis, gums, stickers, medication, acupuncture, etc. to no avail. Tried vaping without any expectations. From 80 to zero within a week.

    Four and a half years later, my lungs are those of of non-smoker. No more chronic lung infections. I can do the stairs without having to rest half way.

    No doubt vaping is far better than smoking.

    – Andre Matthee

    “From 80 cigarettes to zero within a week”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. I feel fresh, much more energetic. I do not have morning cough. I do not have that yucky phlegm in my throat. I have quit for 6 months. And it’s the best move I have ever made. E-cigs are not tobacco products and are not harmful.

    – Ahmed Ismail

    “I feel fresh, much more energetic”

  • I have managed to quit smoking before using Zyban. Even though I managed to stop for three years, I did start again due to my own stupidity by socially smoking one cigarette here and there. Before long, I was fully hooked again and smoked like I had never stopped.

    Despite pressure from my disappointed family, I WANTED to smoke, and did not have the resolve again to go through another course of Zyban. I was older this time round, and medical solutions like Zyban is known to have negative cardiovascular effects, a risk I was not going to take while still having kids that needed a stable family and my financial support.

    Enter vaping. I have now successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping (e-cigarettes). I have also managed to reduce my nicotine intake over the past 3 years without effort. I can also go without vaping for a far longer period without feeling any of the anxiety like I experienced whilst still smoking, and having to go for an extended period without a normal cigarette.

    I truly believe vaping offers a safer alternative to smoking, and that vape-related products should not be treated the same as normal tobacco products. By all means, regulate the products as deemed necessary to ensure that minors are not exposed, but do not try to snub out a viable, safer, alternative option for smokers.

    – Carel Cornelius

    “I have managed to reduce my nicotine intake over the past 3 years without effort”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    Since I started vaping, my health has improved, no more coughing or shortness of breath. Feeling 100% better.
    I don’t see why vaping should be included in the smoking of tobacco products act as there is no tobacco involved. Vaping is 95% healthier than tobacco products.

    – Ronald D Gainsford

    “Feeling 100% better”

  • I have never been a cigarette smoker, however I used to come home after a day’s work and routinely light up a hub session every night.

    However, a hub isn’t something that you can cart around with you when you go out. Now, instead of waiting for the day to pass before I can have a hub session, I can take my vape with me to work and vape during the day. It’s super convenient when going out, easy to carry. No tar on the lungs, the flavors are great. It is not just vaping, it is also a social entity amongst vapers! Vape on!

    – Kyle Marcus

    “No tar on the lungs, the flavors are great”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. I feel healthier and fitter since vaping. I do believe regulation is required but not to the extent that tobacco is regulated.

    “We are not born equally- we should not be treated as such.”

    – Gerard Moore

    “I feel healthier and fitter since vaping”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. My chest was tight and I struggled to breathe when I smoked, and vaping has helped open my chest. My friends and family prefer the smell of the flavors I use compared to the terrible smell of cigarettes.

    – Kyle Hawkins

    “My friends and family prefer the smell of the flavors I use compared to the terrible smell of cigarettes”

  • I haven’t had a cigarette since December 2013 thanks to vaping! I feel better, I can climb stairs without huffing and puffing. I don’t stink. My house doesn’t stink….. My teeth are whiter. My fingers aren’t yellow. It saves me money.

    While it may not be completely safe, vaping is proven to be FAR safer than tobacco. Nicotine by itself is not nearly as harmful as tar. I often vape zero nicotine juice, so how would e-juice be classified as even remotely related to a tobacco product…

    PLEASE HELP SMOKERS QUIT BY ADVANCING VAPING RATHER THAN MAKING IT HARDER TO OBTAIN VAPING PRODUCTS. New Zealand has made an about turn regarding vaping and is now actively promoting vaping due to the overwhelming evidence shown by many bona fide researchers.

    – Peter Zirn

    “I haven’t had a cigarette since December 2013 thanks to vaping”

  • I started smoking at the age of 10. At first it was puffing, which gradually increased to a pack a day. I suffered from bronchial asthma, so I was often on medication – either as an asthma pump or a nebulizer.

    At 32 I started experiencing a morning cough and shortness of breath. My grandfather died of emphysema, so I decided to quit. Gum and patches have never worked for me, so I decided to try vaping as an alternative. Joy!! My morning cough disappeared, my taste and smell returned, my lungs gained capacity, and my asthma has disappeared. I haven’t been sick since I’ve switched to vaping, except for minor sniffles from allergies. I have also convinced my brother, his wife, my cousin, and 5 friends to switch from smoking to vaping, and it’s had a positive impact on all their lives. Classing vaping under tobacco products will be both uninformed, idiotic and dangerous, as well as selfish.

    – Karen van Heerden

    “My grandfather died of emphysema, so I decided to quit”

  • I have cut down drastically on traditional cigarettes which are so bad for us. It’s not even funny and have been able to do so due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking! I will soon kick the habit of traditional cigarettes as I can feel the difference in my body ,vaping has truly changed things for me .

    – Safwaan Osman

    “I can feel the difference in my body”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    Why don’t they regulate car exhaust emissions first.

    – Omar Sacoor

    “I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. Vaping has changed the way I feel in the mornings, no more coughing and no more bad breath. I don’t have shortness of breath anymore either and my skin condition has also improved. Vaping is the better alternative and is most definitely not a tobacco product.

    – Kevin Pieterse

    “No more coughing and no more bad breath”

  • A little story for everyone who is reading this.

    I used to be a prime cricketer back in high school, however I started smoking, which ruined any chance I had.
    I continued smoking, my health gradually degraded and eventually I suffered from asthma.

    Three years ago I switched over to vaping and within a couple months of making the change I was able to play with the kids. My asthma disappeared, I was able to live my life – run, jog and have fun.

    I do in no way regret switching to vaping. It’s not even close to a traditional cigarette. I have not woken up with a cough, nor had trouble sleeping while vaping, and I have been clean of cigarettes for three years now.

    Vaping can’t be classified the same as the thing that could have killed us (cigarettes). I remember not being able to breathe, and not being able to sleep when I smoked. I haven’t experienced it even once in the last three years since I took up vaping.

    Thank you.

    – Shane Addinall

    “I don’t regret switching to vaping”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    I am asthmatic and would suffer as a smoker, since vaping my chest is healed as smoking caused my asthma.

    – Bronwyn Campos

    “Since vaping my chest is healed as smoking caused my asthma”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes after 31 years of smoking, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking and I can feel it in my everyday health.

    – Marius van Tonder

    “I can feel it in my everyday health”

  • I was smoking over 30 cigarettes a day before I started vaping. Since I started I have noticed a remarkable change in my health. I’m no longer short of breath, I have smelt and tasted things that I never did while I was a smoker.

    Vaping and e-cigarettes have made my life infinitely better!

    – Matt Gillitt

    “I have smelt and tasted things that I never did while I was a smoker”

  • I have successfully quit a 30 year heavy smoking habit 6 years ago with the help of e-cigarettes. My life has changed from a coughing, stinking, short of breath old man to a fit, healthy and ready for anything man feeling 20 years younger.

    – Marechal Botha

    “My life has changed”

  • Four years ago my wife got pregnant with our twins. After 28 years of smoking my wife suggested we give up to provide a good healthy lifestyle for ourselves and most importantly for our children.

    I was very anxious at the prospect. That night I smoked my last cigarette and never looked back since I started vaping. I’m so much healthier and able to breathe again.

    Vaping has changed my life and millions of others. An amazing way to stop smoking.

    – Zeki Hilmi

    “Vaping has changed my life and millions of others”

  • I have fully quit cigarettes. Vaping helped the transition as I cut the nicotine content in my e-juice.

    I have never felt better.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    – Bruce Frost

    “I have never felt better”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. Smoked for 5 years, woke up every morning with a tight chest, coughing, my hands used to stink. Was very short of breath.

    Started vaping a year ago…. got my taste back, no tight chest, no more smelly hands and tobacco odour. I can now breathe again, and train as I used to before I started smoking. Haven’t touched a cigarette in more than a year now. Vaping saved my life.

    – Pieter Swanepoel

    “…got my taste back, no tight chest, no more smelly hands and tobacco odour”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. Vaping should be encouraged as a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

    – Michiel Snyders

    “Vaping should be encouraged as a nicotine replacement therapy”

  • I don’t smoke at all. I have tried cigarettes before and absolutely hated it, my body rejected the nicotine and I fell ill.

    I can freely vape for a nice flavour and to do vapour tricks.

    – Bryce Weise

    “I have tried cigarettes before and absolutely hated it”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I was a chain smoker at least 100 cigs a day. After 2 months of vaping I have no need to smoke again.
    I’m glad to say I’m part of the few thousands maybe millions of people who quit smoking!

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    – Aden Wileman

    “After 2 months of vaping I have no need to smoke again”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.

    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. I suffer from asthma and ever since I started vaping I have not had a single problem with it. I strongly believe that vaping should not be classed in the same category as smoking.

    – Juan Putter

    “I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking”

  • I personally went from 3 packets filter cigarettes to using only vaping products.

    I don’t wake up wheezing in the mornings and I no longer struggle to fall asleep. The health benefits of using vaping products have been life changing. No…it has been life saving !!

    – Samuel Haasbroek

    “The health benefits of using vaping products have been life changing”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking.

    I started vaping when i decided to wane of stinkies and within the first week of vaping, my smoking reduced from a pack a day to two cigarettes a day. Now, I don’t touch stinkies anymore – I’m only vaping.

    I believe that ecigs should never be qualified as smoking, but as vaping.

    – Dylan Bright

    “I believe that ecigs should never be qualified as smoking”

  • I smoked tobacco cigarettes since the age of 18 and continued to become a chain smoker which eventually led to health issues 4 years ago at age 36. I decided to try e-cigarettes and I stopped smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes the very day I tried e-cigarettes and have never wanted to go back to smoking tobacco.  It’s the same for all friends, family and associates in business I have met who’ve tried e-cigarettes.

    My health literally improved a day after using e-cigs and 4 years later I am basically back to perfect health.

    – Nico v d Merwe

    “My health literally improved a day after using e-cigs”

  • Vaping helped me quit normal cigarettes. I feel healthier, it is easier to breathe, jog and run, food tastes more like food. And my kids seem to be less ill.

    – Hishaam Herbst

    “I feel healthier and it’s easier to breathe”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping.
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. I have been vaping (smoking e-cigs) for 4 years now and I have to say I feel much more healthier, no coughing and the doctor said my lungs are clear of tar.

    – Brian Martin

    “I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes”

  • I started vaping on the 2nd of February 2017 in order to stop smoking. I had only smoked for a year and a half, but during that time I smoked heavily. Usually two packs a day, but sometimes three. I tried to smoke less, I tried to stop without any aids, nicotine patches and smoking cessation drugs were too expensive and had nasty side effects. I knew I had to stop, I was developing a terrible cough and my lung capacity decreased substantially. On a whim I purchased a vape for myself and my partner and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve fully regained my lung capacity and feel healthier than I ever have since I started smoking. It is true that vapour products may (usually) contain nicotine. However, nicotine in of itself is not a carcinogen, it is merely a stimulant that is addictive. Numerous studies have shown that vaping is at least 90% (or more) healthier than smoking, and is a means for people to emulate the sensation of smoking but with a marked reduction in harm to oneself.

    I welcome the monitoring and regulation of the vaping industry in South Africa, but I would hate to see products banned and vaping being tarred with the same brush as smoking. We do not smoke, there is no combustion of any tobacco material in any way, shape, or form. Secondhand vapour is harmless to those in your surroundings and studies have shown that vaping does not contribute to an increase in youth smoking rates. Vaping saved me from killing myself with cigarettes, please afford others the chance to try it and build a healthier South Africa.

    – Craig Swanepoel

    “Vaping saved me from killing myself with cigarettes”

  • I have successfully moved off traditional cigarettes, and have been able to quit smoking due to vaping (e-cigs).
    I truly believe vaping offers the safer alternative to smoking. I smoked for over twenty years and began to have a feeling like I had sand in my lungs, I was fighting to breathe, and was coughing up phlegm that had traces of black in it. I decided to try e-cigarettes and I have now not had a traditional cigarette in a little more than two years.

    I breathe better, have no more feelings of sand in my lungs, and no more coughing up black phlegm. Even my doctor noticed that my lungs were clear and my breathing was better. I completely believe that e-cigarettes saved my life and helped me to quit smoking.

    – Herk Collins

    “Smoking made me feel like I had sand in my lungs”

Our goals

Goal One

Appropriate industry regulation

Goal two

Consistent compliance that is clearly defined

Goal three

Adequate provision of up-to-date information for informed consumer choices.

Upcoming events

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08

2018

Vape Conference

  • Place Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton
  • Time 09:30

Analysing Market Of Vaping And Its Economic Impact In South Africa. The Vaping Conference will be at the forefront of taking forward the scientific and public health debate around e-cigarettes and broader harm reduction debates. The year’s keynote speaker will be renowned anti-smoking international expert Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos (keynote speaker).

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Who are the members of VPA?

VPA is open to all manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of vapour products. Our current membership includes:

Frequently asked questions

1

What is the VPA?

The Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPA) is the self-regulating industry body of vapour product manufacturers and importers. This includes vapourisers, e-liquid and all associated products. VPA was established in the interests of protecting the interests and wellbeing of vapour product consumers in South Africa, and as a united voice to work with Government in developing regulations for the sector.

3

Who else does VPA work with?

We are committed to working with research institutions and the medical fraternity to add to the vast and growing body of research into vapour products.

5

Who can use our products?

Vapour products are only available to persons over the age of 18. Members of VPA have signed a commitment to this effect, as well as committing to using only childproof bottles for vapour product liquids/materials, providing warning labels, and ensuring that specified harmful chemicals are not present in any product sold.

7

Can vapour products help you stop smoking?

The use of vapour products is an alternative to smoking. There is considerable evidence that using these is far less harmful than smoking, and VPA and its members are committed to providing this alternative.

9

Are vapour products healthy?

According to the World Health Organisation, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death worldwide and is responsible for killing six million people annually, especially among the world’s low and middle income population. VPA considers vapour products to be the most effective alternative for smokers. We believe these products offer smokers a similar experience, devoid of dangerous smoke. The body of supporting research and knowledge in respect of the lifestyle advantages and disadvantages of vapour products in South Africa is growing. VPA seeks to contribute to this and work in partnership with Government, regulators as well as other key stakeholders to ensure the industry is well-regulated, and that consumers have access to all available scientific and health information. With sensible regulation, vapour products have the potential to make a major contribution towards social inequalities in health.

11

Are vapour products addictive?

Being addicted to smoking is harmful. Cigarettes are lethal because they burn tobacco, not because of nicotine. Vapour products offer smokers an escape from decades of addiction to smoking.

2

Does VPA work with Government?

VPA strives to serve as a united, official voice to represent the industry to government, regulators, consumers, and the general public, and recognises the need for the appropriate regulation of the industry. We hope to achieve an open and productive relationship with Government and regulators in order to facilitate appropriate industry regulation as well as consistent compliance to these clearly defined regulations. We also aim to work with Government to ensure that as our industry grows and matures, it reflects the diversity and culture of South Africa.

4

What is Vaping?

Vaping can be defined as the act of inhaling vapour through a personal vapouriser. The process involves applying heat to a substance to generate vapour. The user then inhales the vapour, which come in a variety of flavours.

6

Is vaping an effective alternative to smoking?

Over 7 000 chemicals are present in cigarette smoke. Sixty-nine of these are considered to be carcinogens, whereas another 400 are toxins including tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide (CO). A new (April 2016) 200-page report by the UK Royal College of Physicians (RCP) characterises e-cigarettes as “an ideal tobacco harm reduction product”, due to their effectiveness in the absence (or negligible levels) majority of the damaging components of tobacco smoke. A University College London study found that for every million smokers who switch from smoking to vapour products, over 6,000 premature deaths would be prevented in the UK every year. The study found that if all 9 million smokers in the UK took up vapour products instead, 54,000 lives per year could be saved. There are roughly two hundred thousand South African ex-smokers that are currently using these products, instead of traditional cigarettes.

8

Do vapour product liquids contain harmful chemicals?

The vapour that is produced from the e-liquid, the flavourant component of vapour products, does not contain the harmful by-products generated from the burning process of cigarettes. E-liquids typically contain either vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol and other natural extracts, such as mint to provide flavour. Propylene glycol and Vegetable Glycerin are recognised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an ingredient in vapour product liquid as safe for human consumption. In South Africa, it is mandatory for VPA member companies to ensure that their vapour product liquids do not contain harmful chemicals such as diacetyl or 2-3 pentadienone, which are found in cigarettes and some vapour product flavours available internationally. We are also committed to safe manufacturing processes, which would include the avoidance of potentially harmful ingredients.

10

Do vapour product liquids contain nicotine?

The e-liquid comes packed in different nicotine strengths categorised in milligrams: ultra-light (6mg), medium (12mg), regular (18mg), and strong (24mg). There is even 0 milligrams which contains no nicotine for those who just want to vape without the nicotine. This means our customers have a wide range of choice when it comes to buying vapour products.

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