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Tobacco and diabetes: Make the connection!

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.

The Great American Smokeout is a campaign led by the American Cancer Society on the third Thursday of November each year to encourage smokers to use the date to quit or make a plan to quit.

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bill-diabetes-imageHere are more resources to help you raise awareness about the link between tobacco and diabetes:

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Connect with healthcare providers and other partners

quit-smoking-imageWith 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 in your community

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.

What we’re doing at the Emory Centers

The Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance (Emory Centers) are dedicated to training the public health workforce with the skills, programs and policy action needed to build healthier communities. Our services span across all public health issues, risk factors, and professional competencies.

  • We train Lifestyle Coaches, and Master Trainers who train Lifestyle Coaches, to deliver the CDC’s recommended National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program around the country. To date, we have trained over 1,900 Lifestyle Coaches representing hundreds of organizations, including employers, health care systems, and community-based organizations. Learn more here.
  • We align partners to achieve coordination and collaboration between partners at the local, state, and federal levels, eliminate duplication of efforts, improve working relationships, and sustain program and policy wins. Our signature Know-Plan-Go strategic action planning process is customizable to your organization’s needs.

Learn more about our focus areas, or contact us.