The drama is most people who give up with an "aid" fall back to smoking within the first six months.
You definitely get a benefit from switching from cigarettes to ecigs, but you're not quit, and if you did quit it would be just as bad as from cigarettes. I've seen similar reports of people that had their doctors tell them they should consider their nicotine replacement therapy life-long medication.
I didn't use any aids this attempt purely on the basis that I've found they're replacement and have no effect on the eventual cessation at the end of their use, so I got that hellscape out of the way immediately instead of in a few months time.
I wasn't nearly as cranky as I thought I would be, I'm usually crankier on the aids... and 12 months in I don't feel like a smoker any more, albeit I still occasionally want one, but it's mostly when the topic is discussed like now ;)
If it helps at all.. what I found was that the craving for nicotine had replaced all other cravings, so when I was tired I'd think I wanted a smoke, and when I was really tired I'd chain smoke. I think most smokers would resemble that remark... the food/drink triggers are more subtle, but the "it's late, I really need a smoke, so I guess I'll go to the store at 2am" shit is really obvious.