CDC Claim: Burning tobacco can lead to diabetes. What?!? You asked, so I will do my best to answer.


Good morning out there. It’s Dawn in here! Okay, so the other day I did a blog report on what the CDC pages have to say about the effects of burning tobacco on the US population as a whole. It covered health and cost and some other really great information. One of the things it claims is that smoking can cause diabetes among other things. Here is the quote from CDC.Gov:

Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.1

  • More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
  • For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.
  • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in males.

The reason I am talking about that post today though is that while on FB I noticed a comment on the post.  I have not obtained permission to use their name, but here is the post for you to see. ⇓

cdc dia2

This is a spectacular question. Thank you to the wonderful person who asked it!!  I, unfortunately, had NO IDEA, so I immediately took to the web and did my best to learn what I could. Now I would like to share it with you.

In order to figure out the answers, I went back to the CDC page to figure out what resources that they have available there. Although it’s not surprising that it was a bit hard to find for the above person. The CDC is not a truly user-friendly site. But then again that is true with nearly everything the government touches, isn’t it? lol

What I found was very informative and I sure hope it answers this question.  The entire page is available HERE for your own review, but let’s take a look at some of the information together here as well.

First, the website goes over what diabetes is.

“There are different types of diabetes. Type 2 is the most common in adults and accounts for more than 90% of all diabetes cases. Fewer people have type 1 diabetes, which most often develops in children, adolescents, or young adults.2  “

It goes further to give a brief description of the illness as you can see from this page snip.

diabetes 1

After we understand the what, they describe the how smoking is related to this issue.

Diabetes 2

That seems like a lot of information but this page goes on to detail what they mean when they say “smoking makes your diabetes harder to control.”

Diabetes 3

They also give a bit of information on whether or not diabetes can be prevented. (type 2 anyway)

diabetes 4
Diabetes bill

Well that’s the available information from the CDC in regards to burning tobacco and it’s relation to diabetes. It does not really say WHAT in a tobacco cigarette leads to this issue, but that’s not surprising since there are 600 + ingredients and 4000+ chemicals in a typical cigarette. It’s hard to say which one or which combination of things because so many of these ingredients are terrible in so many different ways!

I hope this is a helpful post and if you have any questions please drop me a line at If you would just like help switching off of burning tobacco to an updated nicotine delivery system check out all the useful information on Thank you!!



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