I am a senior citizen and recently got diagnosed with CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE. I have read and reread that if one continues to smoke with this condition. A HEART attack or a STROKE soon follows. I have begun quitting. The questions I have are can I quit permanently even though I suffer from anxiety and depression? Also live with one of my sister's who stresses me out big time a lot. Are these just excuses to continue smoking? Please someone give a hands up?