? How long did you smoke? I started smoking when I was 14 years old, when cigarettes were $1.35 a pack. I took it up after a neighborhood friend introduced me to it and continued with it as a form of rebellion and misplaced independence. Upon reaching adulthood, I realized these were ridiculous reasons to start smoking, but had no inclination to quit. I enjoyed smoking, truly, but never enjoyed the deleterious health effects or consequences of smoking. I smoked for about 25 years all-total. ? How long ago did you start using a smoke-free alternative? I always told myself I would quit smoking when I turned 40. I figured this would give me enough time to recover from the long-term damage I was causing my body. At 39, with 40 just around the corner, I did some serious research in just how I was going to approach severing my relationship with cigarettes. I ??loved; smoking and was dreading holding true to the promise I made to myself and my family. I came upon electronic-cigarettes and ordered a kit as a fluke. After receiving my kit and trying it for the first time, I realized it was enough of a replacement for smoking to quit altogether. I quit one year ahead of my self-imposed schedule and have not looked back. ? Exactly what smoke-free product(s) do you use (for instance, disposable e-cigarettes, mods, snus; what nicotine strength), and if this changed over time, how has it changed? I currently use an eGo style rechargeable battery with a clearomizer containing the liquid of my choice as a replacement for smoking cigarettes. I started with 24 mg/ml nicotine strength in January 2013. I researched the level of nicotine my brand of cigarette: American Spirit, blue pack, and found this to be a suitable transitional nicotine level. After 2 months, I reduced my nicotine level to 18 mg/ml and currently (within the past three weeks) I have taken this down to 12 mg/ml of nicotine. ? Do you still smoke at all (and if so, how much have you cut down)? I do not still currently smoke. ? Did you both smoke and use the smoke-free product for a time before quitting smoking entirely (and if so, how long), or did you switch immediately? Or did you stop tobacco/nicotine entirely for a while and then start using a low-risk alternative? For the first week, after I received my kit, I severely cut down my cigarette intake. As a pack and a half a day smoker, I was down to about 7 cigarettes a day. After the initial week, I cut cigarettes out altogether and have not had a combustible cigarette since that time. ? What methods (NRT, Chantix, counseling, etc.) did you use to try to quit smoking before switching to a smoke-free alternative? How long were you able to go without smoking using these other methods before starting again? o In my early 20s, I tried to quit using Wellbutrin??. o In my late 20s, I quit cold-turkey for nine (9) months due to pregnancy. o In my early 30s, I quit cold-turkey for nine (9) months due to pregnancy. o In my mid-30s, I attempted to quit using both gums and lozenges. o The Wellbutrin?? did not work at reducing any of my cravings for cigarettes and therefore was unsuccessful. o Quitting cold turkey for my pregnancies was a necessary hardship but did not hold afterward. o Using gums and lozenges did give me the amount of nicotine I needed, but I never enjoyed the nicotine part of smoking; that was the necessary part. The part of smoking I enjoyed was taking the smoke into my lungs and blowing it out ?? the hand to mouth movements and the act of smoking itself. The ritual was calming and the best part of smoking. Gums and lozenges simply do not mimic these actions and were therefore unsuccessful. ? What changes in the quality of your life (both positive and negative) have you noticed since adopting the smoke-free alternative? Wow ?? since starting the e-cigarette alternative I wonder how I can even begin with all of the benefits, but I will try: o I no longer feel like I am on the fast track for heart attack and stroke, thereby leaving my children and family to cope with my sudden death o I am no longer subjecting my children to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke o I no longer smell like stale cigarette smoke o I can invite my children??s friends over without worrying about being judged; as smoking has such a social stigma attached to it o I no longer catch every cold/virus that comes my way o When I do get the odd cold/virus, I am not knocked off my feet for weeks and left with a lingering cough o I don??t have a permanent glob of phlegm at the base of my throat o My home smells clean o My car smells clean o My hair/skin have noticeably improved, I dreaded the gray-pall that hangs over some smokers o I am not on the fast track for premature aging and wrinkles o My teeth remain white o My dentist has complimented the renewed strength of my gums/oral health o I do not have a nagging, tickle cough at all times o I can rent a car without worrying about stopping in a highway rest-stop as a single female for work-related travel o I don??t limit myself to smoker??s rooms in hotels which always reek of stale cigarette smoke o I don??t have to stand outside of smoke-free hotel rooms in the dark by myself in all weather o I no longer go through ridiculous washing, spraying routines after smoking a cigarette to try and pretend like I??m not a smoker o I feel better all around.