National Latino Tobacco Control Network

"Diabetes and Tobacco: A Dangerous Combination"

Presentation Materials:
Diabetes and Tobacco: A Dangerous Combination

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Webinar Description

Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. It is responsible for 440,000 deaths each year in the U.S., which is 1 of every 5 deaths. An additional 50,000 deaths in the U.S. are attributable to second-hand smoke exposure. For people with diabetes who smoke, there is an 11 fold increase in risk of heart attack or stroke. Smoking triples the risk of kidney disease. People with diabetes are 3 times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease. Smoking can cause cancer of mouth, throat, lung and bladder. Smoking raises blood sugar by increasing insulin resistance and making it harder to control. In addition to the ways that smoking can worsen diabetes control, smoking may be an independent risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

This Webinar will bring you speakers who will highlight the following:

  • prevalence & health effects of tobacco for general population, as well as for people with diabetes
  • tobacco as an independent risk factor for diabetes
  • benefits of quitting for people with diabetes
  • clinical guidelines for cessation and Quitline services & other on line resources
  • policies & reimbursable services

Presenter Information:





Presenter 1: Chandana Nandi, MS, RD, LDN, Evaluation Specialist Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Chandana Nandi is an Evaluation Specialist for the NLTCN. Prior to this position, she was an Assistant Director for Policy and Resource Development, Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center, UIC. Before joining UIC, she was the Chief, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Illinois Department of Public Health. Prior to this position, she managed the Illinois Diabetes Control Program for 11 years. She has been a Public Health Nutrition professional for over 25 years.


 Jeannette Noltenius 


Presenter 2: Jeannette Noltenius, PhD, National Director National Latino Tobacco Control Network Indiana Latino Institute, Inc.

Dr. Jeannette Noltenius is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of Latino and minority health; and an expert in tobacco and alcohol policy issues.  She has Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch College, in Keene, New Hampshire, and a Masters in Economics and a Doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of Paris 1, Sorbonne, in France.  Dr. Noltenius is currently the National Director of the National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN),  Latinos Saludables Sin Tabaco, a national network of 2500 members addressing local, state and national tobacco policy and program issues.

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