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Get sponsored to give up smoking

This month the NHS Smokefree campaign will be launching a new website where you can get your friends and family to sponsor you online to give up smoking for good.

JustGiving allows you to create your own personalised sponsorship webpage and all the money raised will go to the charity of your choice.

As Diabetes UK is a member of JustGiving you can select Diabetes UK to be a beneficiary of your efforts to quit smoking, improving your own health and helping us to help improve the lives of other people with diabetes.

For people with diabetes the risks of smoking are even greater than among the general population. This is because of the already increased chance of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks or circulatory problems in the legs.

"Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of premature death in people with diabetes," said Zoe Harrison, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

"As smoking is also known to substantially increase your risk of cardiovascular disease it is even more important for people with diabetes to seek help and give up smoking for good."

With the New Year fast approaching, why not make a resolution to quit smoking for good in 2007? You can set up your page today and start collecting sponsors straight away.

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