Hey my name is Christopher Smith, I am 23 years young and I hail from Marion, North Carolina. I smoked traditional cigarettes since 2005, and I have been analog free since July 20th 2013. I started off smoking a few cigars here and there and maybe some chewing tobacco (I know, gross, but it is the truth). I wouldn’t dare smoke a cigarette though, I thought they were disgusting, and well they are. One day though I got really stressed out and the setting and air was right, I made the dumbest decision of my life, and I smoked a cigarette. From there on I was hooked, and it was not no time that I was smoking a pack and a half to two packs a day of Marlboro Red 100’s. The impact on cigarettes on me was obvious. I lost my ability to do any type of running, and over time my stamina and energy just decreased and decreased. My immunity was atrocious and I kept a case of bronchitis. Night time was the worst, when I went to bed I was constantly swallowing and my wife was constantly having to check on me in my sleep because I would have choking and coughing fits. I wanted to quit, because of the impending health concerns and lets not even go into the dent cigarettes put into my wallet. A part of me, the part of me that was very much so physically, mentally, and habitually addicted to smoking did not want to quit. I don’t know the times I tried to quit; I used the patches, the pills, the gum, I tried using sheer willpower and that just made me feel ashamed when I lit that next cigarette two hours, and sometimes not ten minutes, after I said I quit. So when The Tourist came out with Johnny Depp pulling on that e-cig, I was more than willing to give it a try. I unfortunately gave the gas station models a try, which were super expensive by the way, and they worked amazing for about two or three days, but then I was back on cigarettes again, and more so than before. The problem was the cheap pre-filled cartridges that really only came in tobacco and menthol, and looking at a personal vaporizer as a cigarette and smoking is just the wrong way to go about it. You have to rewire your brain that you are not smoking anymore that you are doing something better. That is what I have learned since last November and July 13, 2013 when I got my first ego Passthrough and began vaping again. I immediately cut back on smoking cigarettes to about one to three in a day, then on the twentieth I lit a cigarette and just could not stand it. I took two puffs trying to make it work and I crushed it. I still have the rest of my last pack of cigarettes, for willpower, and I don’t ever see myself smoking another one of those nasty things. I smoked a pack and a half of cigarettes to two packs a day. Now I have been cutting down from 24mg to 18mg, and now I mix up between 18mg and 11 or 9mg. Of that I only vape about a ml to 1 1/2ml a day, which I was never so able to cut back on my smoking. I still withdrawed from cigarettes even with the e-cig. My muscles cramp and I am coughing up all that tar that was built up in my lungs. But I stopped having headaches. I can run and I can breath for the first time since 2005, that really is a long time, at least to me. I don’t swallow constantly at night, or have choking and coughing fits in my sleep, I actually sleep good at night. When I wake up in the morning I feel well rested and I have energy; and the first thing I reach for is not my e-cig, the first thing I do is go to the bathroom and make a pot of coffee. A month ago, I would have bitten someone’s head off if I had not had a cigarette first thing, and another one in fifteen minutes. I always smoked the most in the mornings. Now I have self control. I don’t know what everyone’s testimonial will be, but I hope the politicians and people in government will not take our electronic cigarettes away. This is the first I have been able to quit such a horrible addiction, and I know I am not alone. I know why smoking cigarettes in public is illegal, because of the second hand smoke. An e-cig though, is a viable alternative for those of us who are going to smoke regardless. Even if we have to hide under a rock, sell an arm, and give up a lung; so yes I support electronic cigarettes. Though I can not say that they are safe, they are definitely safer than smoking cigarettes.