Consultation on diabetes and tobacco

Last update: 29/05/2020

In April-May 2020, IDF held a consultation with its networks, including the Blue Circle Voices (BCV), with the aim of learning more about the smoking habits of people living with diabetes and their perspective on tobacco. 178 people responded to the survey.

Key findings included:

  • 81% of respondents who used to smoke indicated having noticed an improvement in their health after stopping smoking.
  • 80% of respondents were aware that smoking is among the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and can have an impact on the management and control of all types of diabetes.
  • 63% of respondents who currently smoke indicated that they were never offered support from a health professional to stop smoking.
  • 58% of respondents who currently smoke indicated that smoking did not have any negative impact on their health.
  • A majority of respondents searched for information on the link between diabetes and tobacco on their own.
  • 48% of respondents who used to smoke indicated that their diabetes diagnosis influenced their decision to stop smoking.
  • 39% of respondents who currently smoke indicated the main reason why they did not stop smoking was because they did not want to

Click on the image to download the full results in pdf.  

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