Well my childhood was a bit shit I grew up in an extremely religious, extremely abusive home. I went to uni when I was 20 to study biology and agriculture. And it was there that I started smoking. Saint Moritz, long menthol jobbies with gold bands near the filter. I thought I was so cool. I think I did it to piss off my mum. It worked, probably should have stopped once I had achieved the desired effect. But well I was young and I was gonna live to be 100. Anyway I developed depression and anxiety and self medicated with ciggies. Even now I think the struggle I had giving up was related to that. I developed crohns disease at 40. I have a son aged 22 and a daughter aged 17 both of whom have been diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder. Elliott lives in Ulladulla and Leyla lives with me in Wollongong. I also have Cuddles the worlds cleverest kitten. Of the three. Cuddles is by far the lowest maintenance. I started vaping partly through curiosity and partly cause I thought that thingy might be useful when I ran out of cigarettes. The first ecig I bought was a disposable ce4 blister pack and some cheap Chinese juice bought from a local tobacco shop. It leaked like sieve but it got me curious, dry hits and all. So I googled ecigs and came up with soulblu, and bought an overpriced cigalike kit which was pretty shit. The tobacco flavoured eliquid wasn't too bad though, but not strong enough. So thinking that it must just be their brand that was crap, I tried again with a cigalike kit from Mr ecig from windang. The sad thing about this encounter was that my best friend commented that I seem to know more about ecigs than the shop assistant did! Sad considering I had only been vaping for a week! Of course this turned out to be just as crap as the first lot, so somehow during a google marathon I found avf and found some awesome vendors, got some good gear and started vaping. What would I tell a newbie? Well mostly that while some people are lucky enough to start vaping and stop smoking straight away, it doesn't happen to everyone one. It took me two months of dual use till I finally worked it out, and I stressed far too much about it. If this happens to you ask lots of questions and keep trying to find your vaping groove and eventually you'll work it out. What would I tell a politician? Check who funds the research you rely on. Vaping research is so polarised it is not unlike the global warming debate. Whilst vaping may have some unknown harmful side effects in the long term, smoking has many known side effects and it has been legally available for all of my life. Please don't interfere with me and many others choosing a much healthier alternative. It could cut many many lives short. Oh and I seem to have developed a strange addiction to collecting various brands of starter kits. I'm searching for the ultimate cheap but elegant, tiny pretty vaping kit! Thanks for reading my essay!