The British Dental Association (BDA) and the Mouth Cancer Foundation have given backing to No Smoking Day 2009 today (Wednesday).
Organisers work closely with local stop smoking services to organise events to help smokers quit and promote the health benefits and financial gains of giving up.
Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser to the BDA, said: ‘Smoking has a significant negative impact on oral health.
‘It can discolour teeth, contribute to bad breath and cause gum disease. Even more seriously, along with heavy consumption of alcohol, tobacco use is a risk factor for oral cancer, a potentially fatal and disfiguring condition.
‘Dentists see the effects of smoking first hand and can play an important role in helping those who wish to quit do so. The BDA shares No Smoking Day’s vision of reducing tobacco-related illness and death, and is pleased to lend its support to this valuable campaign.’
Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi, added: ‘National No Smoking Day offers smokers the opportunity to make a lifestyle change which will also greatly improve their health. One of the best preventive health measures to take is to kick the tobacco habit today.’
Further information about No Smoking Day 2009 is available from www.nosmokingday.org.uk.