I started smoking at 18 and having been smoking about a pack a day for 26 years. I have tried many products over the years to quit smoking including cold turkey. Various prescriptions [zyban, Chantix, nicotine inhaler], and nicotine gums and other alternatives did not work for me. I had pretty much given up hope I could ever quit. Based on a recommendation from a friend, I gave e-cigarettes a try. Over a 3 week period, I slowly reduced my smoking to 0. While I currently still enjoy my e-cigarettes, I have not smoked a cigarette in over 9 months. The longest I had previously gone was about 2 weeks. I am very hopeful that I will never smoke another cigarette. Based on my success, I have been a vocal proponent to all of my friends. The only people who have not successfully quit smoking are those who chose not to try. Based on my informal results, I honestly believe that e-cigarettes are without a doubt the best option for anyone who wants to quit. No amount of advertising or professional opinion will change that. There are millions of people who want to quit. Companies are making money feeding smokers, and other companies taking advantage of people selling solutions that do NOT work, and are potentially more dangerous than smoking. I honestly believe e-cigarettes are safer than smoking, and has many other positive side effects, no accidental burns, tobacco odor, risk to neighbors. Unlike pharmaceuticals, I do not believe in a magic pill solution. I prefer to think of the e-cigarettes as a smoking alternative.