My name is James and I had been smoking for 18 years. One day last summer my good pal come over to my house to hang out. When he got here instead of pulling out his cigarettes and having a smoke, he pulls out this funny pipe looking thing and says check out what my neighbor just turned me on to.

Then he began to explain that this was an e-cigs and he is going to use it to quit smoking cigarettes. He was very positive, and my wife started to get excited because she thought I was going to jump on the bandwagon with my pal. My wife also quit smoking two weeks before we got married. So she would have one more thing to give me a hard time about throughout our marriage. I heard his little pitch and promptly told him he was nuts. “You smoke like I do man, sorry dude, but you’re crazy. This funny device will be of no use to you, and I’m not going to be a part of it.” He didn’t ask me about it again, but he used his device that day, and every day after that until now.

Jump forward about 14 months, I had lost my grandpa to COPD and Emphysema shortly before I was first introduced to my buddy’s new little toy, and my dad was just told he had the lungs of a 72-year-old man at 58 years old. I am beginning to get up to 2 packs of smokes a day and having my usual hard time breathing as we were getting to the hottest, most humid part of the summer.

One day while having one of my “Asthma attacks” even though I don’t have Asthma, my wife says, you need to go talk to Chuck. He has quit smoking for over a year now. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that; I had already tried to quit about ten times this year, using gum, patches, candy, and suckers, anything I could try. But never talk to Chuck about his awkward device, of course by this point he had this giant cannon looking thing.

I spoke to him about my desire to stop smoking, and he seemed optimistic. The next Friday, my wife and I were heading over to Chuck’s house to play board games with him and his wife as we often did. On the way, I stopped and picked up my daily rations, two packs of smokes. I smoked a few cigs on the way to his house, and when we got there, I went to meet Chuck in the garage to set up the table for the games. Chuck had stopped smoking over a year ago, but instead of making us play outside he let me smoke in his garage because he knew if I couldn’t smoke, I wouldn’t come over.

When I got there he handed me a Blog starter kit and said: “here dude, try to use this tonight”. This night, while using the Bloog, I only smoked about 4 cigarettes. On the way home my wife commented on how much better her hair smelled compared to our regular visits to play games.

I liked the Bloog, and it actually worked. The next day, I made way over to the local vape shop and purchased a 1000 mah Ego Twist and 2 Stardust tanks, these are what Chuck said I should try to advance too. I really liked this Twist thing, even though I still continued to smoke my cigarettes, just not nearly as much. I used the Bloogs and Twist until Monday. That’s when I went back to the vape shop and picked up another Twist. So I was set now, I had two devices that worked really well, yet I continued to smoke.

It was on Wednesday that I finished the pack I opened on my way to Chucks on Friday. I was so amazed that I went from 2 packs a day to one pack lasting me 5 days, instantly after beginning to use the Electronic cigarette. When that pack was gone, I still had one pack left. That was when I made a choice to throw that pack in the drawer and only focus on vaping.

A few days later, on Sunday, I didn’t need to smoke but decided that I would like to have a real cigarette. I pulled the pack out of the drawer, opened them and fired one up. The look on my face said it all, I took two puffs off of that thing and promptly put it out. I can’t believe I spent 18 years smoking these disgusting things. I really wanted that cigarette only I couldn’t stand the nasty taste in my mouth, and it was so gross.

Today, October 21, 2016, is 90 days from that day and now I have 2 of those funny cannon looking things. I had upgraded from the Twist and bought to a Joyetech eGrip II All-in-One Starter Kit after 1 month with some extra cheap e-juice at, and for my 90-day gift to myself, I bought a Provari.

I feel better today than I have in years, I went the rest of the summer with no more “Asthma attacks,” my sinuses and head have opened up, and I even hear a little better.The quality of our life has certainly improved, and I owe it all to Chuck’s funny looking pipe thing.

I now am a serious advocate for the electronic cigarette as a safer alternative to smoking. I have been working with my parents, and they vape about half the time. I knew that after 50 years of smoking I would have a hard time converting them, but even if they vape instead of smoke half the time, it still helps them. I gave the Bloogs that Chuck gave me on day 1 to my sister, and she is embracing the new devices. I even made it out the Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville, Indiana yesterday with the Hoosier Vapers to help raise public awareness, pass out information and free samples, and even met a few local vapers.

I had a great time with Matt and Scott, and we made a huge impact to dozens of smokers who stopped by the booth. Yes, This is a great community to be a part of, and I am happy to be here.

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