My name is Cynsonya and I WAS addicted to tobacco cigarettes for 24 years. When I was 14 years old I jumped into smoking with both feet. I went from just trying one to smoking a pack a day in a matter of weeks. I thought I was cool. Stupid child. When I was 15 I got bronchitis for the first time. It was what my physician called an extreme case. And still I smoked. I would have gotten bronchitis reguardless of being an avid smoker. I was obviously born with a propensity for lung issues. However, I am sure the smoking didn’t help. As the years passed I continued to get extreme cases of bronchitis twice a year. And still I smoked. When I was 25 I decided I would try to quit smoking. I was prescribed Welbutrin. I may as well have been taking vitamin C. It had absolutely no effect. I tried to go cold turkey and lasted 3 days before I felt like I was going crazy and bought a pack of cigarettes. And still I smoked. By the time I was 30 I had serious lung issues popping up. I was now perscribed an Albuteral rescue inhaler. Not labeled asthmatic but was now labeled chronic bronchitis. I would wake up in the middle of the night gasping for breath somtimes until I used my inhaler. By that point I was awake and would then smoke a cigarette after hitting the inhaler. Pathetic. I decided to try the patch. I went without smoking for 4 days and then started smoking one or two a day with he patch on. I quickly figured out that was not working and it was dangerous to smoke with the patch so I took it off. And still I smoked. This was a neverending cycle. Try to quit, fail, smoke. In October 2011 I became very ill. My bronchitis showed up as usual but this time it snowballed. I was in and out of the doctors office and then the emergency room as it turned into pneumonia. I had 5 rounds of antibiotics and nothing helped. This continued for about 5 months. I felt like I was drowning. And still I smoked. Finally in March 2012 I woke up to get ready for work one morning and I was coughing very hard. The next thing I knew I woke up in my bedroom floor. I had passed out from oxygen deprivation from coughing so hard. I broke my nightstand and a portable heater with my face when I fell on them. I decided to drive myself to the ER and it happened again while driving. Thank God I didn’t kill anyone. When I got to the hospital I was given more lung funtion tests, medication and now labeled an asthmatic with borderline copd. I was given a home nebulizer and told to use it every 4 hours. At 37 I was on a home breathing machine. And still I smoked. I realized I had been sick for almost 6 months now and refused to be chained to a breathing machine for the rest of my life. I found a new Physcian and made an appointment. The day I met Dr. Scott I was barely able to breath and smoking 2 packs a day. I told him I had been trying to quit smoking for going on 15 years. He asked me if I had ever considered an electronic cigarette. I knew it would not work for me because I would die a smoker. I researched it anyway while smoking a cigarette that afternoon. I received my electronic cigarette starter kit on April 24, 2012. I had a pack of cigarettes left and decided to smoke those that day and wake up the next morning with only the electronic. I have been tobacco/free smoke/free since that day. Almost 14 months later and I have not had even 1 single cigarette. I have only had 2 days that I even craved a cigarette, but with my ecig I was able to push that craving aside and carry on. This product is unbelievable. I truly believe with all my heart that ecigs saved my life. Dr. Scott was a Godsend. While all other physicians are spewing the rhetoric that has been handed to them he is out there saving lives anyway he can. I would like to add that today, 14 months later I am now medication free! No more wheezing or waking up gasping for breath. No more breathing machines and inhalers. My 1 year lung function test showed dramatic heaing happening in my lung tissue. And I no longer smoke. And never will again.