The one decision that I regretted most in my whole life was picking up that first cigarette, because for the next 37 years I never put them down. I started smoking when I was 12 years old! Jeez! Horrible, but then it was the cool thing to do. Of course it wasn’t on a regular basis, but I will tell you this…it sure didn’t take very long for it to become regular! For probably 6-7 years before I actually quit, I thought about quitting a lot! I just never did. Nicotine patches and gum are very expensive and to be honest, I just didn’t think they would work. I contemplated some of the prescription drugs that are out there and decided against them as well. I didn’t feel as though I had the will power to quit on my own, so I continued to smoke. I worked in a place where smoking was allowed and I smoked in my home. The smell of the ash trays really was disgusting to me, but I kept on smoking. I would cough terribly but just kept smoking. I had shortness of breath and chest pains…but you guessed it…I kept on smoking! No..I never went to see a doctor, although there were several times that I almost called 911. But, the chest pain would leave and there I would be, lighting up another cigarette. The only way I could sleep at night was to lie on my side. I could’nt breath if I was lying on my back or my stomach. I snored horribly because I couldn’t breath. Unbelievably, I just kept smoking! I came across a friend who tried the e-cig. It was working for her and I decided to give it a try. I decided NOT to put any pressure on myself and just said, I will use it just to see if I can cut down a bit (I smoked 1 1/2 packs per day). I didn’t want to set myself up for failure, so I was going to cut down, not quit. I went and bought a rechargeable battery, liquid and cartomizer. This may sound very complicated, but trust me, it’s very very easy! I used the e-cig for a couple days and actually couldn’t find a reason to KEEP smoking! I kept a pack of cigarettes in my vehicle (as a safety net), but got rid of them after about a week. Honestly, I was shocked! I just didn’t need the cigarettes anymore! With the cigarettes gone, I found that I was not only able to breath, but I wasn’t having chest pains and I was saving SO much money! One of my children pointed out that I wasn’t coughing any more! I can sleep any way I want to and still breath! Wow! It has been one year, one month and 8 days since I smoked my last cigarette! I am so happy that I tried the e-cig. It has made a huge difference in my life.