I was a smoker for just about 10 years. I found vaping through other friends. I was trying to find a way of quitting and nothing had helped. I have tried nicotine patches and that made me sick. I have tried the nicotine gums and those gave me throat reactions. So i was not able to find anything to help. Vaping has helped the transition between smoking and not smoking. I have been not smoking for about 9 years now and I can not stand the smell of cigarettes.