Hi my name is Susan Barnes. I am an ex-smoker and a current vaping advocate. I smoked analog cigarettes for over 30 years and I will tell you that quitting is easy, I done it a hundred times, staying quit was my problem. I once quit for 6 years, but like most smokers when I hit a high stress time, or emotional time I turned to my comfort zone, the analog cancer stick. I had a lot of perfect reasons to quit. My Dad died in 2003 of COPD and had smoked most of his life. I have always suffered from bronchitis during the winter and asthma and allergies but was this ever enough to get me to quit, I enjoyed smoking and that was that. Until May 1, 2013. I would say that my husband and I were fairly heavy smokers, he smoked 1.5 to 2 packs a day and I would smoke over 1 pack a day. On a regular basis I would hear him say “we have to quit smoking” I knew that would last at the most 6 hours, but then I saw him come home with stuff he got at the local vape shop. I sat back and watched him play with the ego batteries and juice and see him get frustrated with it so he would go back on the internet and do more research. One weekend I was in Logan UT for a National clogging competition for my niece and got a phone call asking me to pick him up a mod from a company there that he was sure would make it better for him. I brought it home and he hasn’t picked up an analog since. OK I inherited the ego stuff and was doing OK with it I was just going to use it to quit smoking, then dang him he had me trying different juices and mods now I am a….*gasp* vapor. I have got to say yup our health has improved we can taste more, and we breathe better. I get annoyed when I hear “but you are really still smoking”, this caused me to get involved with research on the health benefits of e-cigs, which then caused me to find out more about FDA and legislations about them. Now on a normal basis I am an activist, I used to be a card carrying member of the Snake River Alliance (yes a tree hugger), I have been active in the Idaho Democratic party (I know what a lost cause) so when I found out that big government wants to keep me from doing something that has saved my life I found myself getting involved in CASAA and sending my Congressmen, City Councilmen, and Newspapers letters to keep them out of my vaping rights.