I am a 46 year old male and started smoking regularly when I was 16. I started with menthol cigarettes and eventually switched to non-menthol. Marlboro was my brand. Over the years I smoked Lights, Reds, Mediums, Blacks. I used every type of Marlboro cigarette over the years. When I got in my 30’s, I started smoking high end cigars as well. Through most of my smoking life, I was a two pack a day smoker. In my late 20’s and early 30’s, while my wife was pregnant we both quit smoking. She would quit cold turkey and I used a 4-step nicotine/tar reduction filter system. I did have success with them. The problem was, as soon as my wife had a child, she would almost immediately start smoking again, and it wasn’t long before I was smoking as well. About a year and a half ago, my friend came over and he had an electronic cigarette. I was curious and he let me use it for about two hours while he was there. I didn’t smoke the whole time he was there and only used his electronic cigarette. Shortly after he departed, I lit up a smoke and it absolutely tasted NASTY. I couldn’t stand it. I called my friend and asked if he had an extra battery and some juice I could borrow for a few days until I could order one online. He obliged. Over the next week, until my new electronic vaporizer arrived, I tried to smoke, only to be reluctant to even inhale one drag. I had acquired a complete and total aversion to cigarettes. Once I received my personal vaporizer, I never turned back to smoking again. I didn’t even want to. It immediately made me realize how badly smokers and the places they smoke stink. I understand why nonsmokers are so against second hand smoke now. I started out vaping a 20 mg/ml juice and have been gradually lowering my nic levels down as the time seems right. I have no schedule for this reduction. My body tells me when to lower my nicotine levels. I am currently vaping 12 mg/ml. I have started jogging and eating organic since my switch. I feel better and my family and friends can notice the change. Since I have switched to vaping, I have educated myself intensely on the subject. All of my research and personal experiences with other vapers have found no negative effects from vaping. I am a self-appointed advocate for vaping and to date have converted 13 smokers. I support my local vapers and help them to find the perfect equipment and juice that is right for them and will keep them off of cigarettes. Personal vaporizers are a wonderful invention and has helped many people turn from smoking. It would be a shame if they were outlawed or regulated out of existence. The word is spreading and the vaping community is growing every day. I am proud to be a part of it.