I started smoking in 1967 and have not smoked a cigarette since January 15, 2009. I tried nicotine gum, patches, Wellbutrin (that was a disaster that caused severe depression) and even cold turkey to quit, but I kept going back to cigarettes until I began using electronic cigarettes. It took me five days to totally quit smoking cigarettes after I got my first two kits. My health is much better than it was before I started using electronic cigarettes simply because I am not inhaling smoke. I am still using electronic cigarettes and have suffered no side effects. Since my brain functions much better with nicotine, I have no desire to stop using them. I have several health issues, and nicotine helps me function. There is one positive side effect though – I no longer smell of stale smoke! Last year at a doctor’s appointment, I was asked if I had ever smoked. I said yes and asked why. The medical assistant said my blood oxygen level was so good she figured I was a life-long non-smoker. My husband was also a smoker. He decided he wanted to quit. He used my electronic cigarettes when he really wanted a cigarette. He just plain quit! Said the e-cigs were too much hassle. Every so often he’ll borrow one, but he’s a non-smoker now – and e-cigs are the only thing that ever worked for him in his many efforts to quit.