World Health Day – 2016

Today, the 7th April 2016 is the World Health Day. According to World Health Organization [WHO], the main goals for World Health Day 2016 campaigns are to increase awareness about the rise in diabetes cases and its staggering burden and consequences in low income countries; and to trigger a set of specific effective actions to tackle diabetes. This includes steps to prevent diabetes.

Numerous research findings have indicated that cigarette smoking causes diabetes.

Active smokers have a 30% to 40% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with nonsmokers, according to new data published in the Surgeon General’s 50-year anniversary report on smoking.

The Health Consequences of Smoking — 50 Years of Progress , announced at the White House last Friday by current acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, highlights diabetes as one of several new diseases causally linked to smoking.

While the 2010 Surgeon General’s report on smoking had discussed associations between smoking and impaired glycemic control, the development of diabetes, and diabetic complications, it was not clearly established at that time that any link was independent of other factors, such as physical inactivity and poor diet.

But newer studies have controlled for those and other confounders and have also demonstrated a dose-response relationship, as well as a reduction in diabetes risk following smoking cessation. So now, the Surgeon General report concludes: “The evidence is sufficient to infer that cigarette smoking is a cause of diabetes.”