I have been a smoker for 45 years. My husband was also a smoker for 50 years. A couple of years ago my husband was diagnosed with emphysema. Smoking caused this. I continued to smoke and knew it was damaging my lungs. I was having a terrible time breathing. Not only was smoking bad for me but it was bad for me to smoke around my husband. I had tried stopping and would quit for about 4 weeks and start up again. My son lives with us and smokes also. He still smokes. That is a real trigger for me. I just could not stand to have the cigarettes in the house without wanting one. I didn’t even have to go out and buy them myself, my son would pick up a pack for me. I got to the point that when I walk down the stairs to take the dogs out I almost had to crawl back up the steps because I could not breath. I know all the symptoms of COPD emphysema and I had all of them. I knew if I did not stop smoking immediately I would be on oxygen 24/7 and not be able to do one thing without it. Smoking was definitely killing me. I had seen electronic cigarettes but thought they were expensive. One day my husband and son bought me a disposable one at the local gas station. I was surprised that it seemed so much like a real cigarette. On July 11, 2013, after my husband went to his regular pulmonary (lung) doctor visit, I made up my mind right then and there to stop smoking. I used electronic cigarettes. I bought a starter kit and buy what I need so I don’t smoke and have not smoked since that date. I cannot believe how much easier the e-cigarette made it for me. I think I now prefer the e-cigarette to the regular ones. I do not think I would have been successful without it especially since my son still smokes. I hope one day soon he will switch and stop smoking also. For the first time in my 45 year marriage my husband and I are smoke free. All I know is the damage smoking will do to your health and it is not pretty. It is never too late to quit.