I smoked for 38 years and tried to quit many times using a patch, gum, hipmotism, cold turkey. I loved smoking but knew I needed to quit. When I saw e cigs on a TV ad I got curious and thought I’m going to find out more. I researched for a week and decided to give them a try, not intending to quit smoking but I thought maybe I could cut down how many cigarettes I smoked daily which was 30 per day. I got my kit from China and was blown away by them and I then decided that maybe in 6 months time I could quit with these new devices. My thoughts are that even though I’m still inhaling something into my lungs it’s not the thousand chemicals going in my body anymore! Well 6 weeks went by and I smoked my last cigarette on July 7 2010. Not 6 months but 6 weeks mind you! It became a very fun hobby for me and I spend a lot of money (good for economy) on them now in the USA. I only ordered from China 3 times but my research led me to the ever growing number of vendors in the USA that sell them. My breathing improved dramaticly in one month and my energy increased also. I don’t know what the long term effect might be to my health but given its been 3 years plus now, I’m very willing to bet that there will be very little compared to smoking cigarettes. I have had no negative issues with using the electronic cigarette, none whatsoever! I love them and maybe the day will come when I can eliminate nicotine from my body but even if I don’t, there is no harm from it other than it being addictive. So are pop drinkers, coffee drinkers, etc. etc. I wasn’t told or read anywhere that they could get me off of cigarettes, they just did, and I’m so thankful for them!! From an ex smoker of 38 years.