50 years of smoking 2 packs a day… multiple “cut back” attempts with nicotine gum and patch were unsuccessful. I never intended to totally quit smoking. Intended to continue smoking all my life, but just cut back somewhat. Then I did research on “e-cigarettes”, mainly through reading the E-cigarette Forum online. I skipped trying “cig-alikes” and went straight to using the bigger battery devices with cartomizers and tanks. Immediately I was able to actually stop smoking conventional cigarettes. No cravings whatsoever for a regular cigarette. I credit the flavors of the e-liquids, the continuance of my hand-to-mouth habit, and the appearance of the harmless vapor I exhaled with my success in stopping smoking entirely, even though that was not my goal. Imagine that! Substituting vaping for smoking has improved my life in that I no longer have a smoker’s cough and no longer reek of tobacco. My home and car are cleaner too, with no more scattered ashes, smell of stale ashtrays, or accumulation of cigarette smoke residues on walls and surfaces. I expected to simply “cut back” on my smoking, but the better taste of the sweet tasting flavored e-liquids I find I prefer made it a piece of cake (no pun intended!) for me to switch completely to using e-cigarettes instead. Despite the hyped up scare stories in the media about nicotine, I thoroughly researched “nicotine” and found that the benefits (when NOT accompanied by burning tobacco) are many. Better ability to concentrate, better memory, possible delay of Alzheimer’s, just for a few. I also found out the proportions of nicotine in the e-liquids I buy are not hazardous to me if spilled on my skin. In sum, vaping is far healthier for me, cleaner, and more pleasant in every respect than smoking ever was. Regardless of how late in life I made the switch, vaping has definitely improved my life.