I started smoking at the age of 16. I was in my first year of college. Eventually went from 1 analog stick to 5 a day and saw my self smoking 1 pack a week to moving to 1 pack a day which developed to 3 packs a day due to smoking being my outlet for stress and pressure. Upon my 32nd birthday, I realized that I wasn’t getting any younger. Knowing that analogs contain more than 4,000 ingredients, which, when burned, can also produce over 200 more chemicals. Many of these chemicals have been linked to lung damage and cancer. Then there was the physical realization. I saw myself losing my breath to a mere flight of stairs which was only made up of 10 steps, getting thinner due to loss of appetite. I suddenly said to myself I need to quit smoking. My father and I spoke on the phone in 2009 and being the concerned and loving father that he is, advised me of my options to slowly withdraw from smoking cigarettes. He advised me to take nicotine gum, nicotine patch’s etc. and of course going cold turkey. I also sought data and experiences from other people who already succeeded in quitting the habit. I tried going cold turkey but my body was reacting too much. Too much that I was in bed for 3 months due to flu and migraines. This made me unproductive. My father and I had a quick talk over the phone and I advised him of my predicament. He shared that There was this electronic cigarette buzz that he heard of and asked me if I wanted to try it. I said sure, why not. If it would help me recover and quit the habit then I would definitely go for it. So He sent me the package which resembled the the tobacco cigarettes which I was used too. The package consisted a battery, an atomizer and a cartridge which contained the liquid which was marked has 16mg nicotine. On my first puff I felt in heaven. Not because of the nicotine coursing thru my body but because It felt more clean and healthy. After a week, I noticed that I wasn’t experiencing shortness of breath, my skin became fairer and I was slowly gaining back the apetite I lost as well as didnt feel like my heart was about to expload. I also lost my smoker’s cough as well as my sleeless nights. everything was going back to normal. I am presently vaping 0mg to 6mg nicotine. People complement me for my looks and say that I look young for my age compared to before. A midst the cheers of people around me, I find myself happy to know that I just saved my life by coosing to use electronic cigarettes. My vision is to stop smoking and electronic cigarettes has been my instrument in reaching that. I may have spent alot of money for now to support my vaping lifestyle but its better than spending money for future treatment due to illness’s or even cancer that I may have incurred If I have continued smoking tobacco cigarettes.