Smoking addiction: Trying to quit on his own was 'mentally torturing'

Smoking causes type 2 diabetes. Diabetics who smoke will find it harder to control their diabetes and they are more likely to have serious health problems from diabetes.
Smoking causes type 2 diabetes. Diabetics who smoke will find it harder to control their diabetes and they are more likely to have serious health problems from diabetes.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Bala (not his real name) picked up smoking at the age of 19, starting with six sticks of cigarettes a day.

He continued over the years and, at one stage, found himself smoking up to 80 sticks a day.

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