As a 2-pack/day cigarette smoker of over 20 years, I recently tried e-cigarettes after reading two articles in The Economist magazine: http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21573986-world-should-welcome-electronic-cigarette-no-smoke-why-fire and http://www.economist.com/news/business/21573985-challenge-big-tobacco-vape-em-if-you-got-em …from their March 23 Print Edition. I wasn’t trying to quit (never really tried in the past), but thought they may offer an alternative when staying in hotels, so I did some research and picked a couple brands to try. It has been over two months since I first tried them, and I have had 4 tobacco cigarettes in that time. Those 4 were only because I was in [EU] airport Smoking Lounges and figured that if I had to use my vapor device in the same fishbowl as tobacco smokers to avoid attention and potential delays, I might as well have an analog one, too. That’s part of the irony of some proposed legislation, such as that in my state of CA: equating vaping with tobacco smoking would take me from a much healthier path away from tobacco back into areas with second hand smoke at a minimum, and probably right back to tobacco in the more likely scenario. After switching to the vapor approach, I already have felt most all the benefits of quitting smoking: no cough, better energy and sleep, better senses of smell and taste, no foul odor on my person or clothing, etc. I have also reduced the nicotine level of the vapor already as well. I have had zero negative effects. The only doctor I have consulted so far was my Ophthalmologist, who was ecstatic with my decision and progress. I’ll see my GP in a couple months and expect he, too, will be happy to see/hear that my Smoker’s Cough is gone (this happened surprisingly fast), and probably some benefits he will notice that I do not. I also quickly moved from e-cigarettes to a more customized personal vaporizer setup that looks nothing like a cigarette and could not be confused with one. My setup would be considered a mod in the vaping community. I of course believe in tough restrictions against minors purchasing nicotine and other efforts to curb tobacco use, but bills such as CA SB 648 simply go way too far without supporting research, and yet could set dangerous precedents. I don’t ask that the FDA or legislators support or promote personal vaporizers, but that they let adults who are reducing the risk and harm from tobacco using natural and approved components to continue to do so freely and openly.