First time blogging on anything. Here I am having my first cigarette of the day with my coffee knowing I can’t do this again. My quit day is tomorrow - why am I so scared? I’ve tried many times before and failed. I plan to vape a zero nicotine vape and wear a patch. I’ve smoked fo 48 years. I’ve read many of the comments on this blog and find them very encouraging, so I thought I’d reach out for support.

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    PSPSP said:
    12 July 2019

    Welcome Doglover.

    It is very natural to feel apprehension about quitting. It will have been part of your life for a long time and it is hard to let go.

    But...and here's the can be done. You have got a plan which is good. You have reached out here to this site, which is also good. Most importantly I sense that you really want to quit. That is, in my view, the most important part of quitting.

    Many people have come on here and recorded all the benefits of quitting-you will know them-health, wealth, self esteem etc. They are all real.

    This site is a vital-again that's my view-tool to aid quitting. My lovely wife (PokuruGirl aka PG) quit together. We wouldn't have succeeded without this site, the wonderful supporters and the great folk from quitline. Use this site Doglover. If you have a craving, come on here and blog. It is great distraction and there will always be someone here to reply and encourage.

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    DogLover said:
    12 July 2019

    Oh PSPSP thank you!! I read and re-read your post - you make me feel brave. 😊

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    Nana22 said:
    13 July 2019

    Welcome to the blogs DogLover, and good on you for reaching out for support. That is definitely a positive thing to do.
    Like you, i had never posted anywhere before joining here and i can say hand on heart that it was hugely helpful. Just as it takes a village to raise a child - i found that for me it took this village to grow my quit. We don't have to go it alone.

    Your feelings of being scared and nervous are completely normal. When smoking has been our 'go to' for every situation it is scarey to let it go - but let it go we must.

    Just take it ODAAT (one day at a time). It can be challenging in the early days but it is so worth it.
    Have a look around the Quitline website. There's lots of information there.
    We are only a blog away, whether you want support, or whether you want celebrate.
    We all want smokefreedom for each other as much as we want it for ourselves.
    Stay in touch.You can do this.

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    Quitline Admin said:
    13 July 2019

    A very warm welcome to you Doglover

    Firstly congratulations on your decision to quit. Smokes have been there for you for 48 years so it's normal to feel scared to let them go.

    Try to focus on the positives of your new smoke free life and all the benefits that come with that. The bloggers on here have some great advice and are here to support you anytime so blog away and read back through others posts.

    Feel free to give us a call on 0800 778 778 or a text on 4006 for some more support too :)
    Looking forward to hearing your progress.
    Stay strong, you can do this!

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    Blondene said:
    13 July 2019

    Hi Doglover..I just want to say you have my support all the best for your quit journey 😊

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    clarence the cat said:
    13 July 2019

    It's awful to be so afraid of quitting. I was the same.
    After 49 years, I decided to just quietly get on with the job. I told no-one and as far as possible kept my attempt to myself for the first month.
    Make NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) your mantra and give it your best shot.
    Keep blogging . I will support you whenever I can.
    Be strong. You can do this.