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JackieJones
Thinking about quitting
I have never quit smoking. I have discussed it many times and get extreme anxiety. I start to cry, feel like I can’t do it. I’ve given up many things over the years including caffeine and pop. Not hard at all. What’s the deal?
Last reply: March 27 @ 11:41 am
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    Dogmom
    Thinking about quitting
    March 26 @ 8:37 am
    I'm there too. I've smoked for so long, I don't know how not to. Causes huge anxiety.
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    JackieJones
    Thinking about quitting
    March 26 @ 10:01 am
    This is going to be hard. I know if I’m exposed and get this god awful virus it will be bad. That’s what’s prompting me to get on this now!
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,485 days ago
    March 26 @ 10:21 am
    Dogmom and Jackie, please read my post to TJasmyne for tips on how you can succeed with your quit.  You can also help by supporting each other and reading some of the other posts from new quitters and old alike.   In doing this, you’ll be able to recognize what you’ll be facing and how to deal with it. Welcome to the forum. Don’t wait to long as the quicker you start the better it will be. Stay safe and cheers, Lucille 👏❤️👍🙋‍♀️🚭
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 1,158 days ago
    March 26 @ 11:01 am
    Although caffeine and nicotine are both considered drugs, nicotine is far more addictive than caffeine which is why quitting smoking is challenging for most people and therefore creates a lot of anxiety in before hand. Smoking is attached to most things we do and many emotions we feel each day. We have difficulty seeing ourselves functioning as nonsmokers because we have known no other existence for many years. 
    What I can tell you, from having gone through the process myself, is that not only is it possible to convert yourself from smoker to nonsmoker but it is the most worthwhile effort you will ever make! There's NO downside in quitting. Yes, there's some challenge in the beginning but it's very doable so rather than being anxious about it, look forward to it! It will change you life for the better in more ways than you can possibly imagine at this time. 
    Make the commitment and fight for your freedom! There's nothing to fear and everything to celebrate! You have quit coaches here to help you begin your journey and a whole community of other quitters to support you along the way.
  • GregD
    Quit 154 days ago
    March 26 @ 11:49 am
    I think 99.9% of us who have made the move to rid ourselves of nicotine have felt the same as you. That 'I can't do this' feeling. What I am here to say right now is, you definitely CAN do this. Many many hundreds of thousands of people like you and I have done it, even though at the beginning they may have felt they couldn't.
    If we look at the whole process it looks like a massive undertaking. What I am suggesting is to take this challenge on in parts, break it down. Maybe you want to do some preliminary asking around for suggestions from your doctor, pharmacist, the quitnow 1-877-455-2233 help line, friends who have quit or new friends on this forum. Then after researching decide if you want to use nicotine replacement, if so do some research again to narrow down which form you want to go with. There you go, you have brought yourself around to where you can think over the options. You don't need to just blindly cliff dive, it's all about doing the ground work first, or at least it was for me. Think it over for awhile. Some just say 'that's IT! I've had enough, I'm DONE!!' and successfully quit cold turkey. Much respect to those special folks.
    Baby steps will get you a lot closer to quitting than not taking any steps at all. Relax and know that if I can, so can you. There is no pressure or judgement from anyone here, we KNOW what you are going through. For me, it was to take on the beast in stages.
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    QuitCoach Nicole
    Quit 6,830 days ago
    March 26 @ 2:19 pm
    Hi Jackie Jones, I am happy about your interest of becoming tobacco free, the first step Jackie is to start. The thoughts of not smoking can certainly be scary but don't let that deter you from giving yourself the profound gift of health and strength. Know that you have an amazing community here with people who cares. Feel free to call the quit line at 1-877-455- 2233 and option 3 for one on one support.
    All the best Jackie Jones!
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    TammyP
    Quit 1,166 days ago
    March 27 @ 11:41 am
    Watch this ! it will help allot !https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oofeFf6iy-0