After smoking modestly (~1 pack per week) for nearly 20 years…I actually gave it up, pretty much cold-turkey, for another 17. But ultimately stress crept back into my life and I started smoking again…this time in earnest -more than a pack a day!! After a family friend, suffering from COPD, was told to quit smoking I made a promise that I’d quit if she did…. That was 3 months ago…neither of us could stay away from tobacco! She tried Chantix and Nicorette — I tried Nicorette, too…and just couldn’t get with the program…and it was costing nearly as much as cigarettes!! After reading about electronic cigarettes I approached my friend with a Blu Starter Kit (I had already bought one for myself….)and showed her how it works….She took to it like a duck to water!! We’re both using the H (High) nicotine-level cartridges (~18mg)presently…and have NOT had a desire to return to analog cigarettes for nearly a month!!(BTW…my friend has been a 2-pack-a-day smoker for nearly 30 years!!) We both really appreciate the fact that e-cigs allow us the pleasures of smoking without the dangers…no more ashes to dump (no ashtray!!), no carcinogens (there’s NO SMOKE….just water vapor!!), no more stained fingertips, no more smoke-covered curtains, TV/computer screens, windows, etc., no more waste from letting a cigarette burn itself out in an ashtray, no more lighters (nothing BURNS in an e-cig!!)….BUT…we can still get our nicotine kick….or NOT (there are 0mg options available for nearly ALL e-cig iterations)!! There are virtually endless pleasing flavors of infusing liquid (e-juice) that make vaping (using e-cigs) extremely enjoyable! And the VAST MAJORITY of flavorings are made from FDA-APPROVED materials!! End of the day…..E-cigs have done for us what other smoking-cessation techniques could NOT….without breaking the bank!! And Nicorette and Chantix don’t come in Bananas Foster flavor!!:) This is MY e-cig story.. What’s YOURS????!