Bill learned the hard way that smoking makes diabetes harder to control—he went blind in his left eye, suffered kidney failure, and had his leg amputated. In these commercials and extended videos, Bill tells his story.
Bill's Ad: Smoking and Diabetes
Bill has diabetes and he used to smoke. Cigarette smoking made his diabetes much worse. In this TV spot from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Bill explains that he experienced a number of health problems by the age of 40, including kidney failure, blindness in one eye, and a leg amputated due to poor circulation. Bill suggests that smokers make a list of everything they are willing to give up if they continue to smoke.
Bill: Life Is So Different
Bill started smoking as a teenager—and ignored his doctor's warning that smoking could make his diabetes much worse. In this video, Bill explains how different his life is now. He quit smoking before he turned 40, but not before losing a leg, kidney function, and the sight in one eye.
Bill: Smoking and Diabetes Don't Mix
Bill, a person with diabetes, started smoking at 15, not realizing the problems it would eventually cause him and his family. He didn't stop smoking until he was almost 40—after having had a leg amputated. In this emotional video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Bill says he is glad he quit before losing everything, and he encourages others to quit, too.
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