I apologize this is so long....
Normally, I hate form letters but I figured this would be the easiest way to explain to my brothers & sisters in Christ and ask kindly for your prayers.
I smoked for 13 years. For most of this time, I was begging God to take this addiction from me and I tried all sorts of things to quit. About a year ago I finally quit cigarettes using an electronic cigarette (a device that allows you to inhale liquid nicotine without the tar, chemicals, smoke, etc)
I've developed asthma & my doctor suspects I may have a mild form of emphysema (more tests will be done). She is urging me to quit the e-cig to avoid further toxins from entering my lungs since I already work around chemicals on top of that.
I work with smokers and a lot of my family are smokers. My husband smokes (not around me after this news) so I will be around cigarettes, smelling it. I am terrified of all this. I am much more attached to the e-cig than I was with regular cigarettes because I can "smoke" it inside at work, in restaurants, anywhere.
I have been wanting to quit for some time and have successfully lowered my nicotine levels. However, I know this is going to be very difficult and I am asking all of you to please, please say a special prayer for me that I might be delivered from the bondage of this addiction. And if it's not too much trouble, a prayer for my husband--he smokes like a freight train!
This was an email I sent to a few friends. I am sure many of you know about emphysema. I am only 29 years old and I have a lot of fear about quitting e-cig because of the many times I treid to quit smoking & failed miserably; most times not even lasting a full day.
For past couple days, been chewing nicotine gum in between vaping to lessen my use of e-cig (I use a 6 volt Chuck; was smoking 2.5 to 3 packs per day beforehand). I was thinking of taking a weekend to spend in bed & just not have any nicotine at all. I really just want to be done with it all, I don't want to spend anymore money on this drug!
If that doesn't work, I talked to my boss about taking a week off in the spring for detox. Either way my plans are to feed my husband frozen foods, take-out and just relax, watch movies & read, listen to my Joyce Meyer CDs and do nothing. My husband said he'd take the time off with me, I'm assuming to do chores & errands and in general, take care of me (He's pretty freaked out about it all--my mom has emphysema badly & his father died from smoking. Hopefully, this kick in his own want to quit smoking; then I will be grateful for this unhappy news)
I must admit I am scared. I don't want to fail. I don't want to be addicted to a drug anymore. I don't have many Christian friends so I am begging and thanking you all for your prayers & support. My faith is shaky right now & I fear God is not hearing me. This is how it was every time I tried to quit smoking & I know I cannot do this on my own.
Thanks to everyone,
PS--I was wondering if anyone knew how long it takes for nicotine to leave the body completely?