Traveler always has the best most sensible advice. JessicaMommy, you hang in there, and good luck in cutting back, but be sure not to stress yourself too much, quitting smoking can be very hard. Obviously it would be ideal if you could taper, and eventually quit. But like Traveler said, be careful not to end up stressing your body too much trying to quit.
Lyme disease needs a multi-front approach, so I agree with your doctor on that. You have to tackle, diet, lifestyle, immune system, avoid toxins, etc. Smoking is one of those things, but I think it requires a nuanced approach as Traveler suggested. Like slowly weaning your way over to the e-cigs. That is a lesser evil with fewer toxins, and you still get your nicotine.
Oh, and please don't allow your doctor to make you feel guilty. They are giving good advice, but they are doing it in a way that places blame on you if you aren't able to execute the quitting smoking thing. Don't beat yourself up, whatever happens in your attempt to quit smoking. I'm sure you'll do your best, and hopefully end up with a strategy that works for you.
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