My father and maternal grandfather both died from lung cancer, which was put down to smoking. However, my father worked with asbestos for four years and my grandfather was gassed at the Battle of the Somme – both more likely reasons for the cancer, but smoking probably didn’t help. I wanted to give up smoking to try and avoid lung cancer as I felt vulnerable and at the same time I didn’t want to stop. I smoked for 35 years and tried to stop multiple times, using hypnosis, a book and all the smoking cessation therapies from pharma, except for Varenicline (Chantix/Champix). I failed every time, but never thought to queston the efficacy of the product. A nurse told me about vaping on 6th December 2012. I went straight out and bought a cigalike (I didn’t know any better) and with some willpower, stopped smoking 100% on day one. I went on to the internet to look them up and found the amazing vaping community, which I found invaluable. I read research, forum posts and asked questions for 2 weeks and then invested in some good mods and looking back, some pretty dire Vivi Novas. After a week, I decided I might as well finish the last two cigarettes in the packet. I took one puff and it tasted so disgusting, I couldn’t smoke it and I’ve never looked back. I’m thrilled every day to be a vaper – it’s such a big deal to be finally free of cigarettes forever and I’ve taken real pleasure in helping other smokers to switch. Most people don’t know that nicotine is beneficial to the brain in terms of depression, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons and for Ulcerative Colitis. For this reason, although I’ve dropped my nicotine from 24mg/ml to 6mg/ml, I have no intention of discontinuing its use or stopping vaping.