I??m a 55 year old female who smoked for 40 years, starting at the age of 15. The last 10 years at almost 3 packs a day. About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with COPD. After a particularly bad case of bronchitis, I decided to try quitting for the first time. My doctor prescribed Chantix and I managed to quit for 3 months. First major stress event in my life though and I was right back on the cigarettes. I tried again a few years later with the Chantix when the doctor found a spot on my lung but only managed 2 months before the side effects (facial rash, bad dreams, mood swings) became just not worth it. I lost my health insurance when my husband got laid off in 2009, so no more medication for the COPD and my breathing got worse. Still not enough to make me quit though. I was up to 3 packs a day then, barely able to walk to my mailbox without running out of breath. I??d wake up in the middle of a dead sleep with panic attacks several times a night because of my breathing (or lack of it). I began getting pains in my feet and legs, which made walking or exercising even harder. I eventually became home bound, afraid to leave the house because of panic attacks brought on by my not being able to get enough air in my lungs. I lived this way for a several years, sometimes not leaving my house for months at a time. Smoking was killing me. I began noticing bruise type discoloration on the tops of my feet and a bluish tint to my toenails. The pain in my feet and legs got worse. Eventually, I scraped together the money to see my doctor. His words to me were this. ??I can no longer do anything for you. Everything that is wrong with your health right now is due to smoking and if you don??t quit, you??re wasting your time coming to see me.? Blunt, to the point and in my face, he made it clear that I was the obstacle to my health and he more than likely saved my life. That day I bought my first eGo starter kit and began my journey as a non smoker. I started off on 18 mg nicotine strength juices and dropped to about a pack a week during that first month of vaping. It took me a another month of trying different flavors and devices to find the right combination for me. Now, after 3 months, I??m cigarette free, my health is improving more each passing week and I have a life again.