I was 16 years old when the cool girls at school offered me a cigarette, and being 16, I had no concept of permanence, no concept of my own fallibility. Youth was eternal, at that age, and I felt invincible: so I took the cigarette, inhaled, and fell in love. Oh, it’s a love that is really an addiction, a physical craving for one chemical hidden inside thousands of others, but an addiction to the act too, the drawing and holding of the smoke and exhaling, the pleasure that comes with that, even knowing the cost. By the time I realized I was hooked, it was too late. For the next 15 years, I tried to quit, and failed. No methods to quit offered me much success; as I exited my 20s, I felt more keenly than ever how cigarette smoking was stealing my health, my wealth and my life. I was in a constant state of stress, always worrying about when I could smoke and where I could get smokes when my cigarettes ran low. I was constantly coughing, struggling to breathe, hacking up gobs of tar-flecked phlegm and wrapped in the powerful and retching smell of cigarettes. The smell, I couldn’t detect anymore. But I knew with shame that others did. The lines on my skin and the yellow in my teeth, the tightness and heaviness in my chest, the stink on my body and clothes and the exhaustion in my body and bones, all of this I knew was the result of my smoking. But I could not stop. After my last and most desperate attempt to quit had failed, I almost gave up, and accepted I would die of this. Then a friend posted a link online to a personal nicotine vaporizer kit. Holy s—, he wrote. These really work. Without a second thought, I clicked the link and ordered. My vaporizer kit arrived five days later. I had three cigarettes left in my pack when it arrived at the post office. I tried a puff of the vape, chain-smoked the final three cigarettes — and have not bought cigarettes since, a month later now. What is more, what is the most incredible: I do not want to buy cigarettes. I have no interest. Vaping nicotine has replaced everything cigarettes were, to me — and in so doing, I believe it has saved my life. Within days of switching to vaping, my sinuses began to clear for the first time in nearly 10 years. The desperate dark circles under my eyes began to fade. Every day I started having more energy, and my constant, chronic smoker’s cough vanished. I felt happier, less stressed, more whole. I smelled better. People began complimenting me on the smell of my perfume, only to learn it was the nicotine juice I was vaping. I can do physical activity now that I haven’t been able to do for years. I look better — brighter, more rested, more alive. I can feel my body healing every day from the toxins I used to flood it with, with cigarettes, and every day I am beyond grateful I started to vape. It is possible vaping is not harmless. I accept this risk. I can also tell, by all the available research and by the grateful messages emanating from my body itself, that vaping is far better for me than cigarettes, incurring far less harm. Vaping has opened the future for me. Now, I look ahead to a long-term plan to total cessation of nicotine by staging down the nicotine level in my juice. What vaping has allowed me to do — where every single other method of smoking cessation failed — is to look at this with excitement, and absolute confidence that I can succeed. There is no doubt in my mind that a substantial review of research, combined with the testimony of ex-smokers who have had their lives transformed by vaping, will reveal that there is absolutely no doubt that nicotine vaporizing presents massive opportunities from a public-health perspective. Early indications are that it could have the best success yet of all smoking-cessation methods, while enabling users to pursue a nicotine-reduction strategy as they choose. I encourage every government in the world to move to make personal nicotine vaporizing accessible and available to smokers who are looking to quit smoking as an absolutely invaluable method of harm reduction that is sure to save a great deal of health spending and improve the health and happiness of the general population. Thank you.