On Thursday, the American Cancer Society is encouraging people to triumph over tobacco addiction with their annual Great American Smokeout. The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) and its members would like to encourage people to join in, stressing the oral health benefits of quitting tobacco use.
Southington, Conn. (November 16, 2016) – On Thursday, the American Cancer Society is encouraging people to triumph over tobacco addiction with their annual Great American Smokeout. The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) and its members would like to encourage people to join in, stressing the oral health benefits of quitting tobacco use.
The Great American Smokeout is an annual event held every November by the American Cancer Society during which Americans are encouraged to use the day to quit tobacco use or make a plan to quit.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 40 million people who still smoke cigarettes. The use of tobacco – smoking or other uses – is largely detrimental to people’s health.
“We want people to be healthy – overall and especially their oral health,” said CSDA Board President Dr. Michael Ungerleider. “Tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of disease in the world – and is directly linked to gum disease and oral cancer.”
Smoking is the most harmful way to use tobacco, with smokeless tobacco trailing close behind. According to the American Cancer Society, smokeless tobacco has been linked to mouth, tongue, cheek, gum, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer. Smokeless tobacco also increases a person’s risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and if used during pregnancy, early delivery and stillbirth.
According to the CDC, tobacco users have twice the risk for gum disease, compared with a nonsmoker. And the American Academy of Periodontology cites tobacco use as responsible for nearly 75% of periodontal disease in adults.
“Given all of the facts we now know, it’s clear that stopping use for even just one day can make a difference to your health. With the encouragement of the American Cancer Society and other groups and health professionals – this can be a huge first step towards quitting tobacco use all together,” said Ungerleider.
Dr. Ungerleider encourages people to see their local CSDA member dental office for a complete oral health evaluation, and to learn more about the effects of tobacco.
“There is a wealth of support for quitting tobacco use – including your local dentist,” added Ungerleider. “You just have to take that first step towards being healthy, and taking care of your mouth and your body.”
To get support to quit smoking, contact any of the following resources:
- Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help for those who want to quit
- 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)
- Visit Freedom from Smoking, a free online program to help you quit
- Visit smokefree.gov
Some of the resources for quitting smoking include: