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.
Here are some tips for kicking your habit and staying smoke free!
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.
Download the Vision Coach app and use it to set SMART goals that allow you to successfully avoid temptations and stick to your plans!
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.
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!
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