Is it common to feel ambivalent when quitting smoking?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tobacco Treatment Specialist Eletta Hansen discusses ambivalance when quitting smoking.

    Eletta Hansen: Hello, I am Eletta Hansen a registered nurse and the Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist here at Medicorp Health System in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Today, we are talking about how to quit smoking and I will be answering questions about changes and thoughts in routine.

    Host: Is it common to feel ambivalent when quitting smoking?

    Eletta Hansen: Absolutely, and this is probably one of the most frustrating thing for smokers as they begin to think about the pathway to be a nonsmoker. It is easy to think about all the reasons you want to smoke, it makes you feel relaxed, you like it, you are used to being around people who smoke, but at the same time you are afraid you are going to die early. You do not like the way you smell, you do not like the cost. This ambivalence is absolutely predictable and can eventually leave you to change talk -- self talk that will help move you ahead and making the decision to begin the planning to quit smoking.