This is a subject that may have been touched on before, But I would like to talk about it from my own perspective. Smoking is something that I have battled with since the age of thirty, when I started. I have made numerous attempts to quit over the years, with varying degrees of success. I once managed to stop for three years, but started again when I went back to lorry driving. My last attempt was about five years ago, when I quit for about nine months. I was in Tesco`s a few days before Christmas, and I noticed that they are now selling electronic cigarettes, albeit the disposable ones rather than the refillable/rechargeable ones .On a whim, I bought one. I put it on my desk, and it lay there for a few days. On Saturday evening, after tea, I decided to give it a try. The surprising thing is that I have not smoked a "real" cigarette since. Indeed , I was so impressed that I have ordered a rechargeable model off the internet. Electronic cigarettes are controversial for several reasons. Firstly, they contain nicotine. But there is no tar or other toxins. Opinion is divided, but some scientists say that nicotine in moderation is no greater a health hazard than caffeine. In an ideal world, people would quit altogether, But these cigarettes act as a damage limitation exercise. Surely this is better than promising that one day you will quit altogether, and simply carrying on smoking. The other big plus is that there is no smoke passed on to bystanders. And it works out much cheaper, so you will save money. But to save, you really need a rechargeable one. A disposable one costs a fiver, and lasted me almost 48 hours. So if you still smoke, for the sake of a fiver, give it a go. I have noticed that my breathing has improved in just 48 hours. One reason is probably lower carbon monoxide levels in the blood. Aparently, some pubs and restaurants allow the use of e cigarettes. I am not sure about public transport . I would welcome all comments, positive or negative.