I smoked my first cigarette when I was 7 years old. A friend and I sneaked some and it became a daily ritual to slip away and smoke a few. I??m not sure how I snuck that past my mom??s delicate nose; most likely because she was the only adult in my life that didn??t smoke at the time and she probably thought it was second hand from them. By the time I was 12, Dad would tell me if I would walk to the grocery store and get him a carton ($1.80) he??d pay for mine too. Don??t blame him; we didn??t know they were bad for us. All the movie stars smoked, it was the ??cool? thing to do. At 7 it was a game, at 12 it was a habit and somewhere shortly after that it became an addiction. By 1976 when I was pregnant, the doctor said, ??normally I would tell you to quit, but with your history of miscarriages it is better not to cause you the stress so don??t worry about it.? Eventually, the doctors started to recommend that I quit. I think the first time was in about the year 2000. By that time I already had a good case of COPD and asthma so being able to breathe was becoming an issue. I??m allergic to the adhesive so can??t do a patch. I have dentures, gum sticks to your teeth in ways you can??t believe! What a mess. Welbutron and Chantix left me feeling ill and didn??t work for me, the side effects of those 2 are as bad as the cigarettes in my personal opinion. I did actually quit for a month when my sister. niece and I went to Europe in 2004. It wasn??t too bad, I missed it a few times but got past it. When I got off the plane in the USA and got in my car to drive home I immediately fell off that wagon! I was back to a pack a day in no time. I say a pack a day, but that was on a good day. I averaged between a pack and a pack and a half for many, many years now. In March while attending an FFA function for my grandson, we talked to a friend who was ??vaping? an e cigarette and decided it was worth a try. Our house in the morning sounded like a hospital ward for all the coughing and choking going on! We won??t discuss what it smelled like?? but an average of 4 to 5 packs a day between us, you can guess it wasn??t exactly fresh! One day he said, ??Next time you go to town get us each one of those.? I had seen my nephew with one from a local convenience store but his recommendation wasn??t that they were good, more of a better than nothing kind of thing. So doing what I always do, I got online and started reading until I felt at least a little knowledgeable on the subject. The friend had pointed out that the ones from the convenience stores weren??t very effective and the ??flavors? were better with the kind she had so off I went with my orders to get us each an e cig and some ??juice?. I left the store with a starter kit for each of us and several flavors of juice. I left that shop at 2pm on March 14, 2013 (a date and time I will always remember!) and didn??t smoke another cigarette until the next afternoon. That was the last cigarette I have had. It has not been difficult to stop with the help of ejuice to supply me with nicotine as I step down to zero nicotine in my body. He has gone from 3 or more packs a day down to less than ?« a pack a day. He is still working on that first day of being 100% free of cigarettes but I believe he will get there soon. I look forward to having a few extra years with him now, and for me that is a great thing! The facts are: 1. We cough less 2. My sinus problems that I have had for years are pretty much gone 3. I have not had to use my inhaler in 3 months except 2 times because of the smoke from the forest fires burning in Colorado right now 4. I have more energy and feel better than I have in a long, long time. 5. My daughter says my skin looks better too (hey, I can use all the beauty help I can get!) 6. My grandson says our house smells better and so do we (I can use all the compliments I can get!) 7. When we drive places with the grand kids or when they visit they don??t have stuffed up noses and coughs when we take them home and I don??t have to put them down so I can smoke a cigarette. 8. Cigarettes cost a small fortune.