I smoked for 25 years, 1 pack a day Marboro. I switched to electronic cigarettes about 3 months ago. I have been trying to quit cigarettes for roughly the last 5 years. I have tried cold-turkey, Champix (Chantix), and the nicotine gums. The only one that somewhat worked was the Champix, but I had a few drinks one night while on it and ended up on a rampage throughout the house and neighborhood, not to mention the nightmares and depression. I was actually relieved to get off the Champix and back to smoking (after about 3 weeks). Switching to electronic cigarettes was almost effortless. I had half a pack left when I switched and finished those 10 cigarettes over a period of two weeks before going completely over to electronic cigarettes only. Since switching I noticed my sense of smell and taste returning first, a few weeks later the frog in the throat from smoking started to disappear as well. Now three months in, my lung capacity is improving on almost a daily basis. No longer am I out of breath from walking one flight of stairs at work, or when I have to carry groceries into the house. It is currently winter here, and for the first winter in probably 15 years I did not get bronchitis or even a cold. My house smells fresh and not like stale cigarette ash and my car faintly smells of vanilla (my favourite flavour to ‘vape’) My ‘smoking’ budget has dropped about 70% and I have used the extra money to get rid of some of my debts. So not only has e-cigarettes improved my health , it is improving my lifestyle. I cannot be more grateful. I have had a cigarette here and there over the last 3 months – usually when the e-cigarette is not available for some reason (battery flat, or forgotten at home) and I can’t believe how horrible they taste – I can actually taste the acetone and feel the ash on my tongue after smoking. No idea how I did it all those years. The only downside I have experienced with the electronic cigarettes, is the dehydration – I have had to increase my intake of water somewhat, but as far as ‘side-effects’ go, this is most certainly one I can live with considering the multitude of positive effects. If e-cigarettes were ever to be banned, I would find some way to get my hands on one. I believe I have enough knowledge now to build my own if need be and I’m sure that as long as it is produced somewhere in the world, places like e-bay etc. will always have e-liquid with nicotine for sale.