Smoking and Diabetes

As you may remember, November was National Diabetes Awareness month. In another blog posts we discussed what diabetes is, and why you may get it. However, it is also important to note that smoking has also been shown to cause diabetes. 

In an article by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), they stated that smokers are 30-40% more likely to get type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And those with diabetes who continue to smoke, are more likely to have trouble controlling their disease with insulin. This staggering information was reported in a report of the Surgeon General on the consequences of smoking.

In addition to having a harder time controlling diabetes, if a diabetic continue to smoke the CDC reported these other serious health complications that can occur: 

  • Heart and kidney disease
  • Poor blood flow in the legs and feet that can lead to infections, ulcers, and possible amputation (removal of a body part by surgery, such as toes or feet)
  • Retinopathy (an eye disease that can cause blindness)
  • Peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves to the arms and legs that causes numbness, pain, weakness, and poor coordination)

Quitting smoking is the only way to help improve the management of diabetes. However, we know that is easier said than done. 

New Year, new you.

With the start of a New Year, now is the time to get motivated about quitting smoking. Whether you are a smoker with diabetes, or you are just a smoker looking to quit, Firelands Regional Medical Center can help. 

The Tobacco Cessation program through Firelands Regional Health Systems is a collaboration between Erie County General Health District and other healthcare agencies to provide tobacco cessation services to all patients. The program is tailored to provide support for all patients, even those who may be managing chronic health conditions related to tobacco use. The program has providers available across the county who have partnered with us, but may not be from Firelands Regional Health Systems.

The Firelands Center of Coordinated Care also offers a ‘mobile’ services, with their Tobacco Treatment Specialists traveling to Behavioral Health and HUD housing to provide group classes.

Why is a tobacco cessation program needed?

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death. On average, every cigarette takes 11 minutes off your life. The tobacco cessation program will provide a centralized place for individual’s wanting to quit tobacco, but may not be able to accomplish the goal without assistance. Pregnant women are able to receive grant-funded services at Erie County Health Department free of charge. 

How do I enroll in the tobacco cessation program?

Any patient can enroll through self-referral by calling an affiliated clinic or through a physician referral. Enrollment is available to anyone at no cost to the patient regardless of their insurance or lack of insurance. For more information, please call 419-557-6550.

What is the procedure for follow-up in the tobacco cessation program?

After the tobacco cessation program receives a completed referral form, the patient will then be contacted by a patient navigator and asked a series of enrollment that will help determine the best program for that individual patient. Programs can include individual counseling, group class, telephonic counseling or a combination. 

Where are programs for tobacco cessation located?

  • The individual counseling takes place at the Center for Coordinated Care at the Hayes/Tyler corner of the Firelands Regional Medical Center main campus, 1221 Hayes Ave., Suite B.
  • The group classes are located at Firelands Regional Medical Center main campus or at Behavioral Health 1925 Hayes Ave.
  • Telephonic counseling is offered through the Ohio quit line and can be done at any time.

All of the above classes and visits are conducted by a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.