It was some time in the middle of 2011 that I tried my first electronic cigarette - something that would change my life for ever.
I had been a smoker since the age of 16 and had built up a 25 a day habit. After numerous failed attempts to "quit" I had almost got to the point of giving up on giving up.
Until the day a friend of mine came to see me at work and showed be his brand new 'electronic cigarette' - I took a couple of drags and a lightbulb went 'ping' in my head - I immediately knew that this was for me.
The first day I purchased an electronic cigarette was also the last day that I smoked tobacco. Without any effort at all, I no longer needed the fags - I had entered into the world of e-cigs. A world of flavour, no longer smelling like an ashtray, no more standing outside in the rain.
I loved it.
And then it got better.