50 years ago I started smoking my father’s unfiltered Pall Mall’s. Since all my high school buddies smoked, it was easy and expected that I continue smoking. Through the years, most everyone I know has quit smoking and they hate it. Well, I agree with them, but somehow I never was able to quit and stay quit. I have used NRT at times, and must say , I LOVE nicotine gum……..which for me was just as addictive and expensive as smoking. Recently, I had to have false teeth, and chewing the gum became bothersome. No place to ‘park’ it in my mouth so the nicotine could be delivered. And of course, it often stuck between my dentures. About the dentures…. some years ago I wanted to save my teeth, but my dentist told me he wouldn’t even attempt to as long as I smoked….something to do with lack of oxygen in the tissue. The patches worked for a bit, but ultimately I went back to cigarettes. I also tried Chantix. My doctor laughed at me when I said i actually started to think of ways to kill myself and that life didn’t seem to be worth living. Guess he thought it was because I didn’t have cigarettes to comfort me. Could be that, or could be one of the side effects of Chantix. Anyway, about a month ago, I bought an E-cig. I tried it, and it seemed to deliver nicotine just fine. Problem being, I still had cigarettes. Not a chance that I would toss the cigarettes, so I smoked them, and decided my quit date would be the day my cigarettes ran out. I have been using the e-cig for 2 weeks straight now. I can’t guarantee that I won’t go back to smoking. I can attest to the fact that this is, by far, the best aid I have found to help me quit smoking. The best thing about it is that i can completely control how much nicotine I get. I only take a puff when I feel the need. When I was smoking cigarettes, I would smoke the whole cigarette even though my nicotine craving had probably been satisfied after the first few puffs. The e-cig is called Magic Wand. Cost $35 and comes with one bottle of e-liquid 12mg tobacco flavor. Battery is rechargeable, and for me, I recharge it once every 5 days. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to stop smoking. They say there is not enough research to determine the safety of e-cigs. Really? How much less ‘safe’ can they be than actual cigarettes?