My name is Carrie and I am 29 years old. I had a very significant fall at work that cause several injuries and led to the discovery of Degenerative Disc Disease. My neurologist told me that I really needed to quit smoking because the chemicals in cigarettes, can have a very significant effect on your discs remaining in your back and how quickly they can degenerate. I came home and had been discussing the use of electronic cigarettes online w/ a few friends on facebook already, that day I placed my order. I began using it on February 2nd, 2013 and noticed that I immediately decreased in smoking a pack to a pack an a half a day to 5-6 cigarettes a day. I had been smoking or 15 years which was over half my life, I had quit a few times but always went right back. I could not use Chantix because of a history of depression and seizures and couldn’t use patches because of my history of seizures as well. So really cold turkey or electronic cigarettes was my only way to go. On February 15th, 2013, I smoked my last cigarette. So it took me exactly 2 weeks of using electronic cigarettes to quit completely. It has been 3 1/2 months and I have not smoked a cigarette. I plan to eventually quit using the electronic cigarette, but for now I am taking my time going down in milligrams and enjoying the wide variety of flavors and different types of electronic cigarettes and different set ups w/ variable wattage and voltage, cartomizers, clearomizers and tanks. I started at 24mg and am currently using 12mg. There is always a different set up for everyone and everyone enjoys different things. Currently, I own 11 batteries and plan to buy a few more before I even think of quitting. My quality of life has improve significantly. I used to cough up junk every morning, my skin complexion is better, I can breathe easier and my husband and children are very happy that I am healthier and don’t stink up the house and car. I don’t foresee myself going back to smoking cigarettes after this my healthier safer alternative. I have so far been able to get 9 other people to stop smoking and use electronic cigarettes, and that makes me feel great because I opened a door to hopefully prolong their lives. I Have even opened my wallet to get them started and at times to keep them going. I hope the use of electronic cigarettes kicks into high gear. This may be the only way to help some people who would smoke their entire lives, and be offered a much safer and healthier alternative to smoking, and hopefully prolong their lives.