I started smoking cigarettes on a regular basis in 1983 – 30 years. I quit when I was pregnant with my daughter in 1988 but started again shortly after she was born. I unsuccessfully tried to quit in 2005 with the help of nicotine patches and gum; in 2008 with the help of a personal vaporizer (PV); in 2012 with the help of a timed IPhone App; and again in early 2013 with the help of nicotine patches and Welbutrin. Each time I returned to tobacco cigarettes within a month or so either because I missed the act of smoking and/or needed higher and more consistent levels of nicotine. The Welbutrin did not help me at all because it increased my anxiety to an unmanageable degree. I used my first PV in 2008, however the batteries were pretty weak back then and there just weren’t the choices there are now which allow me to tailor equipment and accessories to meet my particular needs and habits. Since 5/20/2013 I have exclusively used a variable voltage PV with varying strengths of nicotine e-juices (18 to 12 mg). My goal is to get down to a very low or no nicotine level and continue at this level indefinitely. Using this method I have learned that I do not have to give up the very pleasurable things I enjoyed about smoking – holding something in my hand, inhaling and exhaling, the ritual of it while I’m driving and after a meal, with my coffee in the morning. Because I don’t have give these things up while using a PV, I have not smoked a single tobacco cigarette at all since 5/20/13. Since making the switch to a PV, I feel physically better and mentally happier not having to worry about giving the pleasurable things I enjoyed about smoking. The benefits I have experienced are these: My breath is deeper and it doesn’t hurt to breath deeply in the mornings. My cough has lessened. My breath, clothes, car and home smell better. My husband, dogs and guests don’t have to suffer my second-hand smoke. PVs and accessories are infinitely less expensive than tobacco cigarettes allowing my family to feel less stressed about money. I don’t have to give up smoking breaks at work and can still hang out with my smoking buddies. I imagine that erosion of my jaw bones (caused by smoking), which causes gum recession and root exposure, will slow down. The staining of my teeth will be significantly diminished. The negatives I have experienced are these: I may be having a slight but common allergic reaction to the propylene glycol (PG) used in most e-juices. I am currently trying a variety of PG/VG (vegetable glycerin) blends in order to find a mix that works for me. I experience slight but manageable dehydration which is a a common side-effect of vaping. I counter this effect by drinking more water throughout the day and using skin and lip moisturizers regularly. All and all vaping has been and continues to be a great experience for me. The transition from tobacco cigarettes to PVs has been seamless and incredibly, unbelievably, easy. I think I actually enjoy vaping a lot more than smoking because physically I feel so much better. I enjoy the gear, I enjoy the community and I enjoy trying all the differently flavors. I don’t miss smoking at all and I recommend vaping to all smokers I know and encounter. It has truly changed my life.