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Second-Hand Smoke Increases Diabetes Risk

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 15th, 2015

Non-smokers who often inhale other people’s cigarette smoke are 22% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

The research, conducted by Harvard University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China was a meta-analysis of 88 previously-published studies.

No Smoking No Vaping“We already know that smoking increases the risk of type 2 diabetes but it now appears that people exposed to second-hand smoke and former smokers are also at risk,” said Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the anti-smoking charity Ash.

The study adds to a growing body of evidence about the effects of smoking and diabetes. While it does not prove that second-hand smoke can be a direct cause of type 2 diabetes, it suggests a link between the two. Further studies are needed to confirm a link.

The findings support the anti-smoking legislation introduced in recent years. As the authors write, “Reduction of active smoking should automatically reduce the prevalence of second-hand smoke exposure.”

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