I come from a long line of cigarette addicts - both my grandfathers and one of their sisters, both my parents and one of two uncles, and now my husband and I. My daughter too, and that makes me feel guilty.
I am 53 now (update 2018), started smoking at 15 and had been trying to quit since my twenties. First for my own sake and later for the sake of my daughter, to set an example for her and hopefully make her realize she should quit too, I repeatedly tried and even managed to quit for almost 2 years, 2004-2006. I had invested many hopes, much effort and even some money into it, only to see no permanent results.
My father died prematurely, at the age of 64. So did his father, the man I can hardly remember, at 69. Both of them died due to smoking related diseases - trombosis and heart attack.
I wish there had been electronic cigarettes around when my Dad was making his unsuccessful attempts to quit, all with a few days of "success". I'm sure he would have embraced e-cig wholeheartedly and stayed with it. And most probably got his chance to watch his granddaugher grow.
I switched to electronic cigarette in August 2012 completely, after about 30 seconds of vaping. My daughter did it after four months of dual use. That's the way the world works – everyone at his or her own pace. But everyone I know who has made this transition says it's easy.
Still, not bad for any of us.
I love writing, blogging, taking part in forums etc. I can write just about anything I like or dislike in English, German and Croatian (my native language). Being a teacher and translator, I could have chosen to build a site providing translation services, or tips to learn foreign languages.
Coming from Croatia, a country of 4.5 million people, visited by 12 million tourists each year, I could have created a tourist web-site of general or specific nature. Travel, adventure, health, cruising, Istria, Dalmatia, my island of Vis where I own a house... you name it. And I even might do that some time in the future.
However, there hasn't been a topic to inspire me nearly as much as electronic cigarettes. As if these pages were writing themselves and I can't stop since I started. Need I say why? Electronic cigarette is not just a soaring industry.
According to Wikipedia, and published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2010 concluded that "few, if any, chemicals at levels detected in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns." In the report, the level of carcinogens in electronic cigarettes was found to be up to 1,000 times lower than regular cigarettes.
According to Wikipedia again, (which you may also check in the "AAPHP Statement re State Regulation of E-cigarettes") the American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) supports electronic cigarette sales to adults "because the possibility exists to save the lives of four million of the eight million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco-related illness over the next twenty years".
Now, enlarge these numbers to apply what is said to the whole world and that's it, my dear visitors. I am not remotely the type who would sell anything to anybody. I have never even been employed in any marketing business. Here, however, I do have affiliate links and I am proudly promoting and helping sell these extraordinary devices I have been using myself, together with my family.