Those exposed to tobacco smoke in the environment, which is known as being a 'passive smoker', may have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study by the Association of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery of the South 'Neumosur ', whose data have shown a higher incidence of this disease in pasive smokers - whose risk also increased as exposure to tobacco increased - in comparison with people who had not been forced to breathe the smoke of someone else's tobacco.

Although the number of smokers continues to increase, the exposure to tobacco smoke has decreased by 17% since the entry into force of the anti-smoking law

To reach this conclusion, the researchers found the association between passive smoking and type 2 diabetes in a total of 10,000 people and, according to Dr. Francisco Javier Álvarez, a member of Neumosur, the results of the study are one more reason to maintain the prohibition of smoking in enclosed spaces established by the latest 'anti-smoking law'. Although a recent survey published by the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR), indicated that the number of smokers continues to increase, it also showed that exposure to tobacco smoke has decreased by 17%, which is especially beneficial for all those people who, despite not smoking, were also exposed to the harmful effects of this substance.

For this reason, Dr. Pedro José Romero, head of the Neumosur Tobacco Group, insists that the fact that there are fewer people exposed to tobacco smoke, and the positive repercussions that this has on public health, justify the measures adopted in the law. According to Nemosur specialists, the fight against smoking should continue, and it is necessary to implement new measures to protect passive smokers, especially minors who, at home, are still exposed to passive smoking.

Secondhand Smoke (November 2019).