The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today unveiled nine graphic health warnings which will be required to appear on every pack of cigarettes sold in the United States and in every cigarette advertisement beginning no later than September 2012. This bold measure will help prevent children from smoking, encourage adults who do to quit, and ensure every American understands the dangers of smoking. The new FDA warnings represent the most significant changes to cigarette labels in more than 25 years.
People with diabetes should be especially aware of the dangers of smoking since smoking raises blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar levels increase the risk of diabetes complications like heart disease, diabetic retinopathy, and neuropathy. Research presented earlier this year by Xiao-Chuan Liu, a professor of chemistry at the California State Polytechnic University showed that nicotine, when added to human blood samples, raised levels of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) by as much as 34%. Liu’s study also implied that if you are a smoker, and not diabetic, your chances of developing diabetes is higher.
To view all of the new FDA cigarette health warnings click here.