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Patient Education: Stop Smoking!

Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE

I just finished reading an article with important and encouraging news for people with diabetes who want to stop smoking.  In this study a nurse offered a program for patients at hospital diabetes clinics.  Six months later 17% of the patients had quit smoking, and most of those who were still smoking had cut back significantly.  That 17% who quit altogether might seem like a small number, but it is seven times the number who usually stop smoking in a six-month period.  Just as important, we know that each time a smoker hears a stop-smoking message, a few take it to heart and quit.  So if you smoke, please read on. Read More