Kick the habit
Remember we said that there were very few things that having diabetes would stop you doing? Well, smoking’s one of them.
Even before you got diabetes, smoking would have increased your chance of heart disease, stroke and cancer. Smoking also narrows your blood vessels, and healthy blood vessels are very important for people with diabetes.
If you’re a non-smoker you halve the risk of developing many of the health problems smokers with diabetes face. But that’s years ahead right? Er, think again.
Bad facts about smoking
- It burns a hole in your pocket: if you smoke just 10 a day, that’ll cost you £17.50 per week, £75 per month, and a huge £912 a year.
- You smell and your fingers go yellow – and that’s nothing compared to your lungs.
- Who wants to kiss someone who’s got brown teeth and tastes like an ashtray?
- It increases your chances of catching colds and chest infections.
- It can ruin your job chances.
- While you're smoking you put other people at risk from passive smoking and it's against the law to smoke in indoor public places, like pubs, clubs and on public transport.
- Think of the environment. Tobacco is ‘cured’ over wood fires. One tree only cures enough tobacco for 300 cigarettes. On top of this, cigarette-making machines use four miles of paper per hour.
- It’s addictive.
Good facts about smoking
- We’re not trying to be funny here, but there really is nothing good about smoking.
Tempted to kick the habit?
Some diabetes clinics run special programmes for people who want to give up. Find out if yours does – and don’t be afraid to tell them you smoke, they’ll have seen hundreds of people like you before. Or try these organisations:
Tobacco-Smokeline - for help when quitting.
Tel: 0800 84 84 84
Quitline - for help when quitting.
Tel: 0800 002 200
Heard any of these before?
‘Smoking relaxes me’
Sure, life can be stressful, with or without diabetes. Nicotine is a stimulant – it speeds up the body’s processes instead of slowing them down. The only reason you feel relaxed by smoking a fag is because it relieves the itch for nicotine. Stupid, isn’t it?
‘I’ll give up soon’
Change the record! How many times have you heard this from other people? The longer you carry on, the harder it is to stop.
‘I’ll put on weight if I give up’
Smoking doesn’t make you slim. You won’t necessarily put on weight if you give up either.
‘I haven’t been smoking long enough to have done any damage’
Smoking just one cigarette takes into your body gases and chemicals that cause cancer and other diseases. You start to improve your health as soon as you stop.