I started smoking in junior high, in the early 70’s, when it was cool and nearly everyone smoked. Despite many efforts to quit my 1-2 pack-a-day habit over the next 37+ years, I was unsuccessful except for one single quit attempt in the early 80’s that lasted nearly a year before I relapsed. I felt like a failure because despite my fervent desire to stop smoking, none of the methods I tried worked. I thought I’d die as a smoker. Cold turkey, hypnotism, nicotine patches and gum, and even laser therapy – all dismal failures. After my 3rd annual bout with pneumonia in 2009, I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. A co-worker told me about e-cigarettes so I figured it was worth a try. On October 16, 2009, I received my first e-cigarette kit – and I smoked my last cigarette. I have been a non-smoker for over 3.5 years now, something I once believed was impossible. E-cigarettes are a miracle for people like me… and there are a LOT of people out there like me. I no longer have to deal with bronchitis or pneumonia; I have not had a single problem like it since I switched from tobacco cigarettes to the electronic version. I can breathe again, walk and breathe at the same time, and even climb stairs without feeling like I am dying. I don’t stink, my car and house no longer reek of stale smoke, and my family of non-smokers is VERY happy!! I recently gifted an e-cigarette kit and supplies to a 35-year-old hard core smoker who was hospitalized for an extended period of time and was risking her health further by trying to leave the hospital to smoke. She was skeptical about e-cigs but willing to give them a try. For more than two weeks now, she has been using her e-cigarette exclusively: no more trips outside. Her recovery is progressing at a better rate than it was when she was smoking. To her own surprise, she likes vaping as much as she liked smoking, and it is my hope that she will never smoke again!