I started smoking when I was 18. I should have never started due to the fact that I’ve suffered from asthma all my life. I smoked from Fall of 1994 until February of 2013 at which point I was smoking nearly 3 packs a day. My health had been getting worse every year, and my doctor told me that if I didn’t quit I would be on oxygen when I was only 40. I had tried every smoking cessation method available. Nicotine Patches gave me horrible night terrors, and I still had the urge to smoke cigarettes. My teeth have rotted away due to prescription medications that caused severe dry mouth, so Nicotine Gum was not an option. Nicotine Lozenges made my mouth burn. In February of 2013, I discovered e-cigarettes. I was skeptical at first, but within the first week of using them I dropped to 5 or 6 cigarettes a day. The next week I had no cigarettes or ashtrays in my home. I now make my own smoke juice (DIY) and I no longer use a rescue inhaler for my asthma. I can taste and smell things that used to be drowned out by the lingering smoke odor. My clothes smell fresh and clean. I also have no desire for traditional cigarettes. The dark circles under my eyes have gone away too. While e-cigarettes still are scrutinized by health professionals and the FDA, I know what I’m putting in my body, and I don’t have to guess what deadly chemical I’m inhaling.