Smoking among people with diabetes parallels that of the general population. However, compared to non-smokers with diabetes, people with diabetes who smoke have twice the risk of premature death. The risk of complications associated with tobacco use and diabetes in combination are nearly 14 times higher than the risk of either smoking or diabetes alone. Erroneous beliefs about smoking may contribute to the prevalence of smoking among this high-risk population. Diabetes care providers are in an ideal situation to reduce tobacco use by encouraging and assisting in people’s efforts to stop smoking. Debra Haire-Joshu and Janet Thomas report.
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