- Cardiovascular Disease
- Hypertension, Stroke
- Respiratory Disease
- Reproductive Problems
- Facial Wrinkling
- Nicotine Addiction
- Cancer (mouth, larynx, pharynx esophagus and lips)
- Tooth Stain
- Tartar Build-up
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Impaired taste and smell
- Delayed wound healing
- Hairy/coated tongue
- Pre-cancerous lesions
- Periodontal disease (gum/tooth disease)
- Tooth loss
- Xerostomia (dry mouth)
FACT: Current smokers were about four times more likely to have periodontitis (gum/tooth disease) than people who had never smoked.
Tips to help you get started at quitting:
- Start with figuring out why and when you smoke.
- Pick a date to quit (a low stress time is best)
- Nicotine patches or gum may be helpful. Contact your physician for more information.
- Don’t be discouraged! It takes on average about five attempts to successfully stop smoking. Each relapse brings you one step closer to quitting for good.
- Drink Water – Water with crushed ice helps flush nicotine out of your system faster and helps satisfy oral cravings.
- Deep Breathing – Take a “deep breath break” instead of a cigarette break – Take 10 deep breaths and hold the last one while lighting a match. Exhale slowly, and blow out the match.
- Delay – Each day, delay lighting your first cigarette by one hour. When you have your next craving, delay for another 15 or 30 minutes. Now YOU will be in control!
- Do Something Different – When you have a craving, change your activity. Get out of the situation that makes you want to smoke. (*Adapted from “Tips To Help You Quit” – The Lung Association)
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