(HealthDay News) – Smokers with diabetes have higher smoking quit attempts than smokers without diagnosed diabetes, according to a study published online Sept. 19 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Preventing Chronic Disease.

Amy Z. Fan, PhD, from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues utilized data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2001–2010) to examine the prevalence trends of current smoking and quit attempts among U.S. adults both with and without diabetes.

The researchers found that the adjusted prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults with diagnosed diabetes was 9% less than adults without diagnosed diabetes. There were significantly greater declines in smoking prevalence among adults without diabetes compared to adults with diabetes. The adjusted prevalence of quit attempts among adults with diabetes was 13% higher than among adults without diabetes. Quit attempts were stable over time for smokers with diabetes aged 18–44 years, those with a high school education or less, as well as for older smokers and African-Americans, regardless of diabetes status.

“A large proportion of smokers with diagnosed diabetes seemed to have quit smoking, but more research is needed to confirm success and how difficult it was to achieve,” the authors write.

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