I was a pack a day smoker for about 12 years, a smoker for 15 years. I tried to quit numerous times, especially once we had a child. I was able to reduce my smoking to about half a pack a day for the last 3 years but I wasn’t able to kick it. I tried the nicotine gum, the patches, and multiple prescriptions with horrible side effects. It wasn’t until I tried electronic cigarettes that I actually was successful in quitting smoking. I first tried the disposable electronic cigarettes that are sold at gas stations but I was still smoking. They just didn’t work enough. When I found the ones that you fill yourself, I didn’t have another cigarette. These devices worked better for me, tasted better, and the number of flavors kept me interested enough to get through the first couple of weeks of not smoking. I haven’t had a cigarette in almost a year. I feel much better, I can breathe better, I smell better, and my doctor is pretty happy with me. I can also go much longer without using the e-cig, there aren’t the hundreds (thousands?) of chemicals in them as there are in regular cigarettes. I believe these chemicals contribute to why regular cigarettes are so addictive. Electronic cigarettes are undoubtedly better for you than smoking. They may not be 100% healthy, but neither is sugar, caffeine, alcohol, or countless other things that are deemed acceptable. There is no combustion, there are almost no carcinogens and no tar. The second hand vapor has been shown to pose no risk to others. The alternative is cigarettes, people will smoke if they can’t use a personal vaporizer. The term electronic cigarette is misleading since the only thing they really have in common with cigarettes is nicotine delivery. These devices WILL save lives, as well as health care costs.