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Smoking is discouraged for everyone but particularly people with type 1 diabetes due to the long-term consequences on your health, such as heart and lung disease. Smoking will also increase the chance of colds and chest infections.
If you would like help quitting smoking, please contact your GP or use the sources below:
SMOKEFREE 0800 022 4332 / nhs.uk/smokefree
Giving Up Smoking 0800 169 0169/ givingupsmoking.co.uk
Action on Smoking and Health 0207 739 5902 / ash.org.uk
It is important to remember that all recreational drugs are illegal. Buying them online is even riskier – there are always elements of unknown. What is in it, how will it react with me? The effects that drugs have on your type 1 aren’t well understood, so they’re even more dangerous. However, if you have been trying recreational drugs then please get in contact with your healthcare team. They will be able to offer you confidential advice in a non-judgmental setting.
Drugs are not a good idea for people with diabetes – there are risks associated with any legal or illegal drug you take:
National Drugs Helpline / Talk to Frank 0800 776600 / talktofrank.com
Fast Forward 0131 5544300 / fastforward.org.uk