My name’s Pete, I smoked heavily (1.5 packs/day) for a decade. Because of the ridiculous taxes here in NY I switched to rolling my own, which was a less costly, but still, a very expensive alternative. I would find myself spending about 200 a month on the habit. I got a phone call from a friend of mine who just got into this lifestyle/hobby called vaping. I heard about it but knew next to nothing. He told me to check out GrimmGreen, and I watched almost his entire catalog of videos and became interested instantly. Sure enough I went to my local store and picked myself up an Ego starter kit, and some eliquid. I was instantly sold. I became obsessed with the hobby aspect as well. It became fun. In a need to replace the throat hit/mouth feel of smoking that I was hopelessly addicted to I started experimenting with different batteries, voltages and resistances. After a little bit of time, and a fraction of the cost I would have given the tobacco gods, I wound up with my kit that I’m currently using today. I haven’t smoked in over 4 months. I enjoy vaping more than cigarettes, because I customized my setup that way, and I’ll never look back. I’ve gotten my habit down to about cents a day (I mix my own eliquid) without sacrificing what I enjoyed about cigarettes. I can breath/smell normally again, I don’t smell like an ash tray, and I can vape just about wherever I want. For health, social, and cost reasons, vaping is the only way to go for me; I just wish I picked it up sooner. There is absolutely no negative side to my story.