- why stop
- see the effect on your eyes
- your partner and passive smoking
- help stopping & links
- how to stop, with your mouse
- how to stop
- Varenicline (Champix)& Zyban (bupropion)
- lozenges & other nicotine replacment therapy
- Chronic mental illness
Smoking triples-quadruples the damage to the body caused by diabetes by causing hardening of the arteries. This particularly affects the body's larger arteries to the legs and brain, making amputation and strokes more likely. Smoking doubles the risk of diabetes.Smoking triples-quadruples the retinopathy progression rate of diabetic complications (the graph below underestimates this risk).
The harmful effect does not depend on whether you smoke cigarettes, a pipe, or cigars, but is more dependent on the amount you smoke. Smoking 5 cigarettes a day is much safer than 20 a day, so cutting down (if you are unable to stop) is still very helpful. Visit three excellent websites (below). The diagram above illustrated the harmful effects, but is very diagramatic. If 20 cigarettes a day triples retinopathy progression (increases it to 300%), that is equivalent to 300/20 = 15% for each cigarette smoked.
Hovever, even 'Just one cigarette a day seriously elevates cardiovascular risk ' BMJ18, so it is best to stop completely.
Stopping smoking reduces depression BMJ 2014
Your partner develops a quarter of the harmful effects you experience. If you smoke 20/day, this is equivalent to your partner smoking 5/day.5 cigarettes a day equivalent increases your partners disease rate by 12-25% or more (cataracts, heart disease, strokes) etc. The exact figures are not known. 10000 people a year die in the UK from passive smoking, many in the hospitality industry, see .
See here for details about new lozenges that you can suck instead of smoking a cigarette. They contain nicotine, and are rumoured to be very helpful in helping you to stop smoking. They are available from any chemist.
It is very difficult to stop smoking if you have a chronic mental illness BMJ 15