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Stop smoking

Smoking tobacco increases the chances of you developing high blood pressure, damaged blood vessels and heart disease. It also increases the chances of you developing diabetic retinopathy (DR), which can lead to DME, as well as other complications of diabetes, such as kidney disease.

Stop smoking tips

Here are some tips for kicking your habit and staying smoke free!

1

Plan the day you quit

Make sure you plan the day you quit. Try to ensure it won't be a stressful day, and that you won't be tempted by any of the typical triggers.

2

Set goals in the Vision Coach app

Download the Vision Coach app and use it to set SMART goals that allow you to successfully avoid temptations and stick to your plans!

3

Remember why you want to stop

Reminding yourself of all the reasons you want to quit can be a powerful way of strengthening your resolve. Improving your fitness, feeling better about yourself and having more money in your pocket can all be powerful incentives to stay on track.

4

Develop ways of dealing with cravings

Everyone has different ways of dealing with cravings - avoiding people who smoke, finding healthy substitutes, going for a walk. Spend time working out which ways are effective for you!

Further help

Key patient resources

Understand where you are and what you need to do

Use our checklists to prepare for appointments

See what most DME patients want to know about

An easy-to-understand guide to the medical terms