Diabetes and Smoking

Medically Reviewed by Dr. K on 6 May 2021

Table of Contents


  1. Diabetes and Smoking
  2. Smoking Cessation Tips
  3. Nicotine Replacement Therapy


Diabetes and Smoking


Smoking is harmful to all, but it is very dangerous if you have diabetes.


Nicotine in tobacco causes the blood vessels to stiffen and constrict, thus restricting blood supply in your body. And, since diabetes increases the chances of developing heart failure, you certainly don't want to include the risk of smoke.

Regardless of how much or how long you smoked, stopping smoking is beneficial to your wellbeing. You'll sleep healthier, look better (because smoking causes ageing), and you'll save money as well.

Smoking Cessation Tips

If you have diabetes, the American Cancer Society has given advice to assist you in quitting.

1. Create a timeline for quitting: You are not required to quit promptly. If you believe it is more practical for you to kick the habit after a significant incident or deadline, set the date as your quit date.

2. Inform your doctor of the date: You'll benefit from their support.

3. Make smoking an inconvenience: Have nothing necessary for smoking on hand, such as ashtrays, lighters, or matches.

4. Take deep breaths: If you crave a cigarette, take a deep breath. Ten seconds after, gently exhale.

5. Enjoy time in smoke-free places: Spend time in locations where smoking is prohibited, such as a library, theatre, or museum.

6. Choose your friends: Socialize with friends who are also attempting to kick the habit. Visit locations that do not permit smoke.

7. Eat wisely: Rather than smoking, go for low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods. Make your selections from new fruit and clean, crunchy vegetables.

8. Exercise: Instead of lighting up, exercise to alleviate the discomfort.

9. Minimise caffeine intake: Switch to decaf. Avoid coffee, caffeine-containing soft beverages, and tobacco, since they both have the potential to enhance the need to smoke.

10. Stay busy: Keep your hands occupied with something other than tobacco. For instance, you might draw, text, type, or knit.

11. Build good habits: If you're used to smoking during your lunch break, take a stroll, speak with a friend, or do something else instead.

12. Making smoking difficult to access: Wrap a cigarette in a piece of paper and secure it with a rubber band. It would be more difficult to get one. You'll have time to reflect on your behaviour and come to a halt.

13. Involve loved ones: Inform the family and friends about your decision to stop smoking. Solicit their assistance. If they smoke, inform them not to do so in your presence. If they do, you must depart.

14. Take care of yourself: Pursue activities that you love. You'll see that you're not need to smoke to have fun.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Additionally, you may inquire with your doctor on whether nicotine replacement medication can be beneficial.

Nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, and nasal sprays are four non-prescription options for relieving nicotine cravings.

The patch is worn on the skin between the neck and waist. It provides minimal doses of nicotine on a consistent basis.

The gum enables you to manage the daily dose of nicotine. It can be used for a maximum of 30 minutes at a time.

While the nasal spray offers immediate relief from nicotine cravings, it is only available with a prescription.

Additionally, the lozenges help you manage the amount of nicotine you consume each day. They disintegrate upon contact with the tongue.

Additionally, the doctor can recommend two medications that may be beneficial: Chantix and Zyban.

When using both of these drugs, obey the instructions on the box and notify your doctor if you experience any side effects.

Avoid having more than one form and abstaining from smoking when using nicotine replacement drugs, since these may result in severe side effects.


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