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Smoking age will rise to 18

The government has announced that the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco will rise from 16 to 18 years old this coming October.

People with diabetes are already at increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke and other circulatory problems and smoking increases this risk even further. Smoking doubles the risk of these problems developing and it also doubles the chance of developing erectile dysfunction and kidney problems. Cardiovascular (heart) disease is the main cause of death in people with Type 2 diabetes. If you smoke this risk increases.

"The rise in the legal age limit from 16 to 18 on sales of tobacco is a huge step forward," said Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK. 

"Measures that encourage people to lead healthier, more active lives are incredibly important. There are 20,000 children and young people with diabetes in the UK.  Around 3-4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every year and we know of over 1,000 children that have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. 

"Discouraging smoking is a positive move to help young people stay healthy."

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