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Smoking raises your risk for type 2 diabetes. The more cigarettes you smoke, the greater your risk. If you young woman
already have diabetes, smoking makes complications worse (Have Diabetes? Consider a Tobacco-Free Life).

Just being around second-hand smoke can raise your type 2 diabetes risk, too. The more hours a day you are around other people’s cigarette smoke the greater your risk for type 2 diabetes and other health problems!

To Defend Against Type 2 Diabetes,

  • If you don’t smoke, don’t start!
  • Avoid second-hand smoke.
  • If you smoke, consider quitting or cutting back on the cigarettes. Check out the links below for help and motivation.
  • If you are trying to quit, talk to your doctor and see the guide You can control your weight as you quit smoking for help.
    • Some people will gain weight while quitting, though average weight gain is less than 10 pounds.
    • Putting on pounds puts you at risk for diabetes, so consider getting tested for diabetes every year for 3 years after you quit.
    • The long-term benefits of a smoke-free life outweigh the short-term risks of weight gain and diabetes.
    • Not everyone gains weight when they quit smoking.

For resources on how to quit, visit these sites:

  • QuitNOW.ne.gov  Free access to counseling and support services for Nebraska residents.

  • SmokeFREE.gov  Provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.

  • American Cancer Society

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Defend Against Diabetes Campaign

Nebraska Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Homepage  

Contact us at dhhs.diabetes@nebraska.gov