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Diabetes: A Family Matter

Films

Tobaccolachia

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Producer/Director - Steven O. Middleton

Executive Producers - Sharon Denham and Ann Andaloro

"Tobaccolachia," a film produced by Steve Middleton, is a film about the problem of tobacco in Appalachia. Use of tobacco products can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes. Those with diabetes that use tobacco products are at greater risk of complications (e.g., heart disease, high blood pressure, neuropathy, kidney disease, blindness, amputations, etc.) than those that do not use tobacco. This film was made for those living in tobacco growing regions of Appalachia. Tobacco has deep meanings related to family and place for those that were raised in places where the crops have been grown. Memories of the work with tobacco, relationships with family and friends, and and the ways the sale of this crop was important to family life still linger for many. Ways to talk about the links between tobacco and disease and illness are needed. However, we need to do it in ways that understand the fond memories of growing of the crop has had for so many individuals and their families. The risks to our health caused by tobacco cannot be denied, but we must also be sensitive to the fact that the family experience of growing the crop has special memories and value for many in the region. Please watch the film and start a new conversation with young people about the risks of tobacco and support those still using tobacco products to find ways to quit.