I quit smoking 6 months and 26 days ago. I was so tired of the expensive monkey on my back that was slowly killing me. I was tired of stinking, tired of the burn holes, the trash, the ash, the butts, the coughing. I had been reading some online forums about e-cigs and how they had worked for so many people. There were numerous accounts from people who accidentally quit smoking. I was amazed, but skeptical. In 2008 I had attempted to use an e-cigarette to quit smoking and had absolutely zero success. There was little choice available on the market, the batteries were under-powered and ran out of charge too quickly, it was difficult to find replacement cartridges, the cost was prohibitive and it simply wasn’t working! I would puff on the e-cig and immediately want a cigarette. I gave up. I’ve tried all manner of ways to quit. I’ve been on Wellbutrin. That made me crazy, so I couldn’t continue that. I’ve tried gum, but it made me sick. I tried herbal cigarettes without nicotine. I tried cold turkey. Then it came to my attention 7 months ago that the e-cigs had improved tremendously, as technology is wont to do in the course of 5 years. So I found a 510-T starter kit. It had a tank system, which was important to me as I wanted to be able to refill the juice myself, not constantly have to purchase cartridges that I had to keep throwing away (again with the waste! I wanted to limit that). I placed my order in mid-November and had my kit within a couple of days. When I received it, I filled the tank and started vaping. I put my pack of cigarettes in my glove box and there they stayed for a month, untouched. When I finally did have a cigarette, they tasted absolutely HORRIBLE! I gave that pack away and have not purchased a pack since. I have since upgraded my PVs. I started with a manual 510-t mini tank system. I then went to a 650mAh eGo kit with clearomizers. I now use an iTaste MVP with an iClear. It is interesting that recently I started having intense cravings for a burning cigarette. I picked up a 350mAh automatic and cartomizers for a more cig-alike experience. That was VERY helpful! I have attempted to smoke the odd cigarette once in a while since transitioning to vaping. I feel like I want a cigarette, so I light it. The most I can handle is 2-3 drags before I put it out because it just tastes SO BAD. I understand it doesn’t work this way for everyone, but in my personal experience, about 1/3 of the smokers that I’ve introduced to vaping have been successfully able to use it to quit smoking. That is impressive to me. I know that I’ve never personally witnessed another cessation method that has a higher success rate. Even those smokers who have not yet quit using vaping have cut down their cigarette consumption, which is a win within itself. I feel I have a higher quality of life. Firstly, I’ve saved over $500 in 7 months, and that is after what I’ve spent on vaping. I have not had a sinus infection or bronchitis since I’ve started vaping. I usually have 1-2 bouts of each every winter. I’ve had no asthma attacks. My allergies seem less sensitive. I smell better. My car smells better. I’m not exposing my children to 2nd hand smoke. My lung capacity seems higher. No more burnholes, trash, ash and butts. The amount of waste over-all is far far less. I also enjoy talking to people about vaping, and with my crazy box-mod, they are always asking. I believe in this. It’s made a difference in my life.