I started smoking in 1975, at the tender age of not-quite-14. Throughout the last 39 years, I tried 4 times to quit smoking, with very little success: in 1984, a cold-turkey attempt lasted 3 months, before I could not stand the suffering another minute and started smoking again; in 1987, I became pregnant with my son, and tried very hard to quit smoking, but succeeded only in cutting down to 3 or 4 cigarettes a day. In the following years, I tried twice more, using the patch, and neither attempt lasted much more than a week before I could not stand it another minute, and went back to smoking. I can attest from personal experience that “the patch” simply does not work, because simply replacing the nicotine is merely the smallest fraction of what is required to make a non-smoker out of a smoker. By January of 2014, I had lost all hope of ever quitting cigarettes, despite having watched my father die of lung cancer in 2006, and had no interest whatever in the suffering which I believed was required in order to quit smoking. However, we were in the middle of the coldest winter in 30 years, and as an outdoors-only smoker, I was sick of freezing to death just to satisfy my habit, so I became interested in electronic cigarettes — e-cigarettes. None of the drugstore disposables I tried — Fin, Njoy, and Blu — were even slightly tolerable, so I grew angry enough at the weather and my stupid habit and those extremely lame e-cigarettes, and went to Google, to find more information about e-cigarettes; what I discovered was a whole new world. At the ECF, the Electronic Cigarette Forum, I began learning about all the many kinds of hardware, from the small, cigarette-like true “e-cigarette” to the larger and much more powerful personal vaporizer “mod,” as well as all the different vendors of both those devices and the nicotine “juice” which is used in them. Starting around the 1st of February 2014, using one of the “cig-a-like” devices on a regular basis, my smoking declined from about 15-20 per day to just 2 or 3, and by the end of February the actual cigarettes tasted so extremely, bitterly foul to me, that on February 27 I smoked my last, and on February 28, 2014, I enjoyed my first smoke-free 24 hours in 39 years, savoring my e-cigarette and barely noticing the lack of cigarettes. NO ONE can tell me that e-cigarettes don’t work for quitting smoking, because THEY ABSOLUTELY DO, I don’t care what the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, or any other paid flunkies of Big Pharma have to say about it — those “charitable” organizations receive hundreds of thousands of dollars every year from Big Pharma, so naturally Big Pharma’s agenda is their own, despite those organizations’ noble-sounding names and publicly-stated agendas, of wanting everyone to quit smoking — what they really want is for the pharmaceutical-supported gravy-train to continue, so they will naturally say anything that Big Pharma pays them to say. I publicly defy them to refute that! Stop taking Big Pharma’s money! SPEAK THE TRUTH! E-CIGARETTES SAVE LIVES by ACTUALLY helping people quit smoking! E-cigarettes do not kill people — as Chantix does! E-cigarettes are not a useless waste of time, money, hope, and effort — as patches and pills and unsupported behavioral therapy are! ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES ARE THE BEST WAY TO QUIT SMOKING THAT HAS EVER BEEN INVENTED. Period. I am one who has quit, even without an initial objective of quitting. E-CIGARETTES WORK, and they do not cost a fortune, unlike every single thing that Big Pharma has ever pushed on the public. Modern drug-lords do not wear “bling” and hang about on street-corners; they wear suits and ties and hang around on Wall Street, in country clubs, and in exclusive restaurants, between trips to the bank. To quote Don Henley: “A man with a briefcase can steal more money than any man with a gun.” But Big Pharma is not just stealing money: they’re stealing LIVES, with their evil, mercenary stance that “e-cigarettes are dangerous and don’t work.” E-cigarettes are NOT dangerous, they’re not nearly as expensive as EVERYTHING from Big Pharma, and they DO work. I smoked for 39 years before I found e-cigarettes, and I am living proof.