I had been smoking since the age of 15 and I smoked around 20 cigarettes per day. I am now 42 years old. I chose to smoke the ??light?? cigarettes with the ridiculous belief that they were better for me. Ten years ago I watched my mother die slowly from lung cancer. Her battle went on for many years; she lost the fight. It changed my life forever, but not in a positive way. I had a dreadful, debilitating fear of dying from cancer, however this did not stop me from smoking ?? the addiction was far greater than the fear. I eventually realized that it was time to stop and was determined to do so by the age of 40. I tried patches and they worked for 3 months but after one really dreadfully stressful day, I started smoking again. Desperate, I went to the doctors an was given Chantix. They worked to a degree but I was depressed and the habit wasn??t sated ?? the habit of actually smoking was a big gap that was not being filled, even without the craving for nicotine. Chantix eventually damaged my stomach (something I still have to deal with 5 years on) so I had to stop taking them. I went back on and off patches for another couple of years, I tried group therapy, I tried Zyban. In between I tried inhalators. Nothing was helping me quit for good, they all worked short term and I relapsed. Then, my friend bought me my first electronic cigarette 6 months ago after he realized how good they were. After my initial hesitation (the thought of ??smoking?? a cappuccino flavor seemed too strange) I gave it a go. It was magic! Have not smoked one single cigarette since the day I picked up the electronic cigarette. I have the occasional craving still, I admit; but the thought of smoking an actual cigarette makes me feel pretty nauseous so I know that I will never smoke again. Ever. I may not have achieved my goal of quitting cigarettes by the age of 40 but I am only 2 years out and have achieved the goal by the age of 42.