With National Diabetes Month and the Great American Smokeout coinciding, November is an important time to address two major health challenges in the United States – tobacco and diabetes. However, the resources below can be useful all year long to raise awareness about the link between tobacco and diabetes, and to support coordination and collaboration across chronic disease prevention programs.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and 1 out of 3 American adults have prediabetes. Smoking is a risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes according the latest Surgeon General’s Report.
November 17, 2016 is this year’s Great American Smokeout, a campaign lead by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to use the date to quit or make a plan to quit.
Here are more resources to help you raise awareness about the link between tobacco and diabetes:
With this new evidence about the link between tobacco and diabetes, now is a great time to build or strengthen relationships between programs at your organization. Work with public health groups or community partners to share the resources above with healthcare providers. Encourage them to screen their patients for diabetes, ask about tobacco use, and refer their patients to evidence-based services such as:
Spread the word about these campaigns in your community to draw attention to these important public health issues. Team up to share the costs of media campaigns and communications to address both smoking and diabetes. Take advantage of the CDC’s free Tips From Former Smokers campaign resources that include social media content, videos and ads that address the impact of smoking and diabetes.
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