I was a smoker for 16 years. I started smoking at age 17 and quickly became hooked. In August of 2010, after a vacation with with another couple, I decided it was time to quit smoking. I was the only smoker in the group and I was tired of going outside and missing the fun everyone else was having. I was also tired of the chronic cough I was developing and the frequent illnesses I would catch every fall and winter. I originally ordered a traditional cig-alike device from V2cigs. August 22nd, 2010, the starter kit arrived in my mailbox and that is the last time I ever lit a cigarette. It has been almost 3 years now since I quit smoking. I am very proud and impressed by the efficiency and efficacy of the e-cigarette. I was able to completely quit smoking from day 1 of e-cigarette use. I had attempted to quit so many times before with patches, gum, and even Chantix. I never completely quit smoking with any of these previous methods. I would become discouraged quickly because the cravings and urges were strong and I just could not get ahead of them. With the e-cigarette, everything about quitting was different. I had no desire to smoke a cigarette!! My hand to mouth habit was satisfied, I enjoyed the vapor exhale, and I was able to get the same throat hit and sensation that I had while smoking. I have utlized several e-cigarette options on my smoke free path. I currently use a bigger battery mod with a carto and a tank. I make my own eliquid which consists of propylene glycol, nicotine, and flavoring. My current nicotine level is 15mg. I started out at 18mg prefilled cartos and once I switched to making my own eliquid I have made 15mg and stayed at that level for over 2 years. I have also started using some rebuildable atomizers. The constantly evolving technology has made vaping successful for thousands and thousands of people. There are options and choices for every lifestyle. Quitting smoking has been one of my greatest successes. I feel amazing! I no longer have a cough. I have not taken any antibiotics for 2 years. I rarely get sick! In fact, I survived this past winter without catching a single cold. The last bad head cold I had was in November 2011, and instead of running a 7-10 day course of feeling awful, it lasted 3-4 days. I can smell again. I can taste again. Food that I never used to enjoy tastes amazing now! I can walk up and down stairs without shortness of breath. My health is the best it has ever been. All of my vital signs and lab work are in perfect target range. The smell of cigarette smoke makes me nauseated now. I can smell a smoker from quite a distance. The invention of e-cigarettes is life changing and far reaching. We now have the ability to utilize harm reduction tools (e-cigarettes) and eliminate the use of combustable traditional cigarettes. This can propel a wonderful change. Second hand smoke can be eliminated, inhalation of carcinogens eliminated, and restoration of health can be achieved. Healthcare will be less burdened by smoking related illnesses. E-cigarettes will change the nicotine landscape in a most positive fashion. I am proud to be one of those successful statistics.