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Today I am 72 days without a cigarette. I am 72 days without e- cigarettes, nicorettes or any form of nicotine. This is the first time in my life that I have consciously thought about giving up nicotine. It is the first time that I have been very aware that I am addicted to nicotine and not cigarettes on their own. I don't think there is such a thing as tobacco that contains no nicotine. I know my e-cigarette buddies told me many times that nicotine is not harmful to us but I totally disagree this time round. I've switched to e-cigarettes for 7 months in the past but it did not work for me. I still felt tired and irritable from nicotine in the e-cigarettes. I still got breathless from e-cigarettes and its not true that there are no side effects - at least for me, anyway.
I know that nicotine causes my organs to work harder trying to expel nicotine from my system. This includes my digestive system too. I know that nicotine makes it harder for my blood system to flow (palpitations) and the cause of panic attacks.
The single worst thing I've experienced from nicotine is panic attacks. I never want to forget the day I quit smoking 72 days ago and the days that followed that because even when I quit smoking, I still had panic attacks for a while. I'm sure its the nicotine because I'm not experiencing any panic attacks now and have not had them for a long while. I am not craving nicotine today but suffering from the normal problems in life. I'm not enjoying today so much but I am certainly working/functioning on a much higher plane because I'm not taking my drug - NICOTINE
Its a good thing to give up nicotine. There is nothing at all good about continuing with it!
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