I smoked two packs a day for four years. My teeth began to yellow, my breathing became more strained, and my overall health began to decline at a young age (19 years having begun smoking at the younger age of 15). I had never wanted to quit until I heard about electronic cigarettes, which essentially minimize lung damage by replacing smoke with vapor and by isolating the nicotine from the other harmful chemicals in cigarettes. I saw absolutely no reason to continue smoking cigarettes if I could smoke in a healthier manner. It was easy to switch because I was still getting the action of smoking and it even tasted better. It took a few weeks for me to quit smoking completely using the e-cigarette. Now I’m 20 and I’m feeling a lot more healthy now. My hair is growing better and my teeth have stopped yellowing. I no longer have the symptom from smoking called hairy tongue and I don’t run out of breath when I walk up the stairs. The smell of cigarettes makes me gag now. Because of this dramatic life change I want to defend electronic cigarettes so they can help others make the change to a healthier lifestyle. Choice of nicotine levels and flavors makes it easier to adapt for those trying to make the change. There is no reason for the name of electronic cigarettes to be slandered with false claims and accusations.