I am 65 years old. I began smoking when I was about 5 years old when my father got me to light his cigarettes in the car. When I was 14 years old I began to smoke regularly so I was smoking for 58 years. I have been trying most of my life to stop. I tried cold turkey many times, hypnosis, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges and Zyban (which caused a myocardial infarction in 1997). I have had three attempts with toxic Chantix with increasing abdominal pain each time I used it. The longest I lasted off cigarettes was just under 3 months on the last Champix course before I couldn't stand the pain any more. I was also stressing my son with my irrationality and irritability too. Any time I managed to stop smoking I would start again the next time I had any stress. When you start smoking young it is very difficult to stop smoking I now know. I have COPD, had decided that I couldn't give up smoking and was prepared to die within a few years when the shop where I bought my cigarettes suggested e-cigarettes. I was smoking 50+ a day and I decided anything was worth a try. After a lot of confusing research I emailed a vendor in Australia in March 2014 to ask what I needed. He suggested a Smok starter kit with two set-ups. Because nicotine is not allowed to be sold in Australia (except in NRT's) I had to import nicotine and mix it myself with local PG, VG and flavour. The vendor suggested I start on 24mg liquid which I did and I began vaping in April 2014 once I had everything I needed. I dual used for the next 5 months, mainly smoking during that time. It wasn't until I began to use a rebuildable atomiser, a mechanical mod and 36mg liquid that I was able to stop smoking altogether. I have now been tobacco free for 9 months in a few days, except for a relapse a couple of weeks ago when I went out without my vapouriser, and have no desire to smoke again. I have cut my nicotine down from 36mg to 12mg over that 9 months without even trying. When I was smoking I would have trouble getting to sleep because COPD caused me to wheeze and I had sleep apnea because I couldn't nose breathe. I would cough for at least half an hour in the morning, terrible hacking coughs which must have disturbed my neighbours. I couldn't walk up a short hill to the letter box and was virtually housebound unless I drove. My poor dog wasn't getting exercise either. Now I sleep easily and soundly because I no longer wheeze and my nasal passages are clear, I rarely cough and it is usually because my lungs are still getting rid of tar. I eagerly walk up the hill to get my vape mail and the dog gets walks now. The effects are not only physical either because I am no longer depressed, probably because I don't expect to die a gruesome death from lung disease in the next few years. I go out and socialise more now and expect my health to keep getting better despite aging. I can honestly say that vaping has saved my life.