I smoked for 35 years and became a 3 pack a day smoker by the time I was 46 years old. I tried numerous times to quit, utilizing numerous traditional and non-traditional methods, including , Hypnotism,Patches,Medications, Gums, Lozenges, Inhalers, Laser treatment, Ear Staple, Drinking Alcohol more, drinking alcohol less, and several homeopathic remedies. All of these failed me. I had lost many friends and family members over the years to smoking related illnesses and took the pledge to quit, as well as many New Year resolutions to quit cold turkey, and always managed to find an excuse why the time or circumstances didn’t lend to me stopping at that particular time. I found e cigarettes and ordered them immediately online. They had an exciting appeal to them and initially I intended to cut down and assumed I would be able to use them on planes and restaurants where I couldn’t smoke cigarettes. The places that allowed smoking were almost non-existent at this point and I was getting desperate. Although my Doctor told me that my lungs looked amazingly normal for someone that had smoked as long as I did, I could feel the effects of smoking on my body. After using ecigs for a few weeks I came to the conclusion that they were just like all the other failed methods. The ones that I had acquired worked poorly, and they went into the failed remedy pile. A month or so later I saw someone using one in public and his seemed to be working much better than mine. I approached him and asked where he got his. He directed me to a similar looking brand that I decided were not any better than the one I had. However when I was searching for that brand online, I came across the Electronic Cigarette Forum. Here I found an amazing amount of information on how to use ecigs properly and was able to order some additional liquids and gear to make my ecig work well. AT this point I became what many would describe as an enthusiast and started my journey to become an X-SMOKER! Honestly, I didnt quit right away but I immediately decreased my use from 3 pack to under one. I also struggled with the numbers of smoked cigarettes for quite some time and it ended up taking me almost 3 years to entirely quit. I weaned myself down to 2 a day, and finally realized that those two were merely my crutch. I made a decision to stop completely one day and have not had a Cigarette for just over two years now. My stamina has increased, I have a renewed sense of taste and smell, and most importantly, my 10 year old daughter and 17 year old son, don’t have to come outside in the rain and snow to see me. Thats where I was 50 to 60 times a day when I was home and smoking. Sound ridiculous right? It was.