I have a very extraordinary story from my journey to not smoking a single cigarette in the past year. Prior to August of last year (2012), I was smoking close to two packs a day, clouding my lungs from real fresh air from every time I walked outside of my job (which I work in a kitchen as a head chef) and lit up a cigarette, thinking I was relaxed and not really knowing that I was causing significant damage to myself over the nine year period that I did so. As I did this close to every hour and every half hour that I wasn’t working, it became clear that I wasn’t getting good sleep and was breathing heavily in my sleep causing wheezing and coughing throughout the night. My girlfriend noticed my actions while I was sleeping, and as a nurse, it is her concern that I quit. In the past, I’ve tried Electronic Cigarettes before they have gotten so advanced and it didn’t seem to work, but I decided to give it another go. My, was I surprised with the results the second time around. Not only did I enjoy every drag from an e-cig, it made me feel better, and not only my body felt better, I felt 100% better about myself in many aspects. Even when I go out drinking, I crave the flavor of my e-cig juice and not a cigarette, which is miraculous in many ways, seeing if I went out drinking, I’d polish off a pack of cigarettes in three hours. The new technology of e-cigs allowed me to explore different mods, flavors, and variants of actual tobacco flavorings, and I am very happy about the e-cig industry now. The electronic cigarette saved my life and my wallet. I never get winded anymore and also I’ve been able to get out of debt, buy a car, and feel ten times better about myself. Also, my girlfriend saw how good I was doing and quit smoking real cigarettes herself and I bought her a good mod, and she still hasn’t smoked a cigarette since switching. Whoever thought of burning off nicotine with a good tasting flavor deserves an award of some sort. It has kept me, and many others, free from further harm to your body. One year of being smoke free is an amazing feat and I’m proud of myself for accomplishing this. Here’s to many other years to come being smoke free.