I started smoking in 2006, at the age of 15. I quickly became a daily smoker, sometimes smoking an entire pack a day. Over the years I was encouraged to quit by my parents but my smoking was consistently a part of my life. I am 23 years old now, and over the last eight years (especially in the last two) I started trying different methods to quit. I tried Nicotine Patches, Chantix, Gum, Snus, and using a quit line. I also took smoking cessation classes twice. None of these methods ended up working for very long. The success period ranged from one or two days to two weeks. About six months ago, I noticed that some of my friends were using e-cigarettes. I tried them out and instantly decided that this might be the method that would work. One of them went to a store with me to purchase my first starter kit and juice. I walked into that store smoking a tobacco cigarette, and walked out with my e-cigarette. I have not smoked a tobacco cigarette since. I started out using 24mg nicotine juice, which was a perfect match for my pack a day smoking habit. As time went on, I began to notice that the level was just too high for me. This prompted me to move to 18 mg. A couple weeks after that, I again started noticing symptoms of too much nicotine, and knew to move to 12 mg. My body naturally pushed me to move down, and it wasn’t a struggle with cravings that are common with decreasing nicotine levels in other quit methods. I did experience a mild detox period at the beginning of my switch to e-cigarettes. The first night, I couldn’t sleep very well. I also experienced a mild sore throat and some headaches. However, These symptoms have gone away over time. The only issue I continue to experience is having to stay vigilant about consuming liquids while vaping, because it is easy to become slightly dehydrated if I do not. I can now go on jogs and exercise without getting out of breath. I don’t hear wheezing on every exhale anymore either. I just feel healthier in general. I am so grateful for an alternative to smoking that has worked well for me. I am very young and I hated smoking and imagining having emphysema or lung cancer later in my life.