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Here are some tips:

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Preparing to Quit

  • Know your purpose for quitting. Write down reasons for quitting smoking in your diary to remind yourself.

  • Set a quit date. Pick a date in the not too distant future, say within the next two weeks so that you have enough time to prepare without losing your motivation. And stick to it.

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  • Choose a quit method that works best for you. Decide whether to quit cold turkey, gradually reduce, use nicotine replacement or seek professional help. Explore alternative methods like acupuncture and hypnotherapy.

  • Talk to your doctor. Ask your doctor for advice on how to manage the side effects of quitting smoking such as increased appetite, weight gain, mood change and fluctuations in blood glucose levels.

  • Tell your friends and family. Let them know you’re trying to quit smoking and ask for their support. Instead of bottling up your frustration, tell them how you feel.

Quitting

  1. Throw away cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays. Ditch everything that tempts you to smoke. When you feel yourself craving a cigarette, take a deep breath and hold it for 10 seconds, before exhaling slowly.

  2. Snack healthy. When you crave for something to munch, drink a glass of water first before you reach for a snack. And if you must have a snack, choose one with a low Glyacaemic Index such as celery or cucumber sticks or a small cup of plain low-fat yoghurt.

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  1. Drink plenty of water to flush out nicotine from your system and stay well hydrated. For people with diabetes, drinking plenty of water is an important part of managing a healthy blood glucose level.

  2. Make time for exercise. Regular physical activity helps to stabilise your blood glucose levels and improve your mood. It also distracts you from craving for a cigarette.

  3. Minimise all sources of nicotine. As the nicotine in nicotine replacement therapy can cause spikes in blood glucose, reduce your reliance on these items over time.

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  1. Learn to relax. It can be stressful managing diabetes and trying to quit smoking. Make sure you get enough sleep and find many ways to de-stress like exercise, music, meditation and self-massage.

  2. Celebrate small successes. Quitting smoking is tough, so reward yourself for your successes. Give yourself a treat each time you make it through the week without a cigarette. Count how much monies you’ve saved by not buying cigarettes. Each small success brings you a step nearer to your goal of quitting smoking for good. Give yourself a pat and allow yourself to feel good.

Don't Give Up Even If You Relapse

  1. Refocus. If you do slip-up and smoke a cigarette, stay calm and don’t blame yourself or dwell on it. Move on and apply the techniques you've learnt to counter any smoking triggers, such as delay, deep breathing, drink water and distract yourself.

Find out more about quit smoking services or call QuitLine at 1800 438 200.

 

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References

  1. Sherman, J.J. (2016). The impact of smoking and quitting smoking on patients with diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum, 18(4), p 202-208.
    Retrieved November 2016 from http://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/18/4/202