I started smoking when I was 16 yrs old. I tried to quit with both pregnancies, the first when I was 18, the second at age 25. The first time I quit for a year but I had only been smoking for 2 years and only smoked about a 1/2 pack a day. The second time I never completely quit since I would still smoke a few cigarettes a week. Over the past 10 years, I have attempted to quit at least a dozen times lasting no longer than 3-4 weeks each time. I have used Welbutrin, Chantex, patches, and gum. Twice I had been in the hospital for two weeks (quitting cold) but was back to a pack a day within a week of getting out of the hospital. Three years ago, my husband bought a disposable type e-cigarette. We used it to supplement the number of cigarettes we smoked but it didn’t work out well because we didn’t like the flavors available and it didn’t really function close enough to a cigarette to be a good substitute. In February 2013, I bought a pen style e-cigarette with a bottle of dessert flavored nicotine liquid (18 mg). Almost everything about the newer style ecigs is similar and just as satisfying as a regular cigarette. The feeling of inhaling and exhaling and the amount of vapor is very much the same. I had 1/2 a pack of cigarettes when I got my ecig. I stopped smoking cold that day and haven’t had one since. I have been using a nicotine level of 18-24. I haven’t decided when I will lower the levels but I already use my ecig much less than the pack a day of cigarettes I was smoking. I can go several hrs without using my ecig and not have any withdrawl feelings. When I was smoking cigarettes, I couldn’t go without smoking more than an hour unless I was asleep. Without the ecig, I don’t see where I would have been able to quit smoking. The ecig is the sole reason I was able to qiit. I may still have an addiction to nicotine but that’s an addiction I can deal with whether I wean myself down or quit cold. Since I quit smoking, my blood pressure has come down (I had high blood pressure since I was 18). I have stopped needing to take allergy meds. I was spending $150 a month on cigarettes. After the initial cost, I spend about $40 a month on ecig use. I owe my life and health to the ecig. I the government wants to reduce the number of smokers, keep the ecigarettes and the supplies available and affordable. It helped me quit a pack a day, 27 year habit in one day. No other quit smoking aide has come close.