Today is the Great American Smokeout 2009, an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The idea is straightforward: decide today that you’re going to break your smoking habit, and take steps to make that happen. (If you’re looking to quit, the ACS site has a useful-looking guide to quitting smoking.)
Smoking is a habit you don’t hear much about in the church these days. I imagine that’s partly because the traditional evangelical shunning of smoking and drinking has a lot less moral traction than it used to; and partly because years of anti-smoking campaigns have convinced most of us that whether or not it’s a sin, smoking is not a desirable habit.
But there are plenty of Christians out there who want to break a smoking habit that has mastered them. One ministry that can help you do so is Setting Captives Free, which has a free 60-day online course called Breath of Life that takes a Jesus-centered approach to breaking free of a smoking addiction. (Setting Captives Free offers many other free courses as well, all aimed at finding freedom from habitual sin.)
If this is something you struggle with, today’s as good a day as any to decide that you’re going to quit—and that you’re going to do what it takes to break the habit for good. Take a look and see if the above resources can help!