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AMA News Room

Jan. 17, 2014

Surgeon General’s Report on the Consequences of Smoking Reinforces AMA’s Mission to Prevent Diabetes Type 2 and Cardiovascular Disease

For immediate release:
Jan. 17, 2014

Statement attributed to:
Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

"In light of the Surgeon General's report today directly linking smoking to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the American Medical Association is reaffirming its commitment to improving the nation's health by working to prevent diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease.

"The AMA began its improving health outcomes (IHO) initiative last April to focus on efforts to address diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease, two of the leading causes of suffering and death in the U.S.

"With approximately one in three people living with prediabetes, and a third of the U.S. population living with high blood pressure, the time is now to put our efforts toward preventing the onset of diabetes and heart disease and improving health outcomes for those who already suffer from these conditions."

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