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British Dental Journal 218, 8 (2015)
Published online: 9 January 2015 | doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2014.1158

Dental teams encouraged to support No Smoking Day

This year's No Smoking Day will take place on 11 March 2015.

A new survey of 2,000 smokers by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has found that less than one in two (44%) smokers in the UK are worried about the negative effects of smoking on their teeth, and only one in four (27%) are concerned about the effects of smoking on their gums.

With smokers risking damaging their oral health due to their habit, the BHF is encouraging dental professionals to use this year's No Smoking Day as an opportunity to raise awareness and boost participation among patients by promoting quit aids in their practice and local support services available in their area.

Dr Mike Knapton, BHF Associate Medical Director, said: 'Dentists have always played a big role in raising awareness of No Smoking Day and the dangers of smoking. Dental clinics should consider promoting the event in their offices in the weeks leading up to No Smoking Day.

Dental teams encouraged to support No Smoking Day

'Engaging your patients on the subject might help them take the first step towards a smoke-free life. Dental practices and dentists who want to get involved can visit NoSmokingDay.org.uk to order their organiser pack.'

Smokers are 7-10 times more likely to suffer from oral cancer than individuals who have never smoked.1

The BHF is calling on all smokers to attempt to quit on this year's No Smoking Day 2015. The theme is 'Proud to be a Quitter', which showcases the inspirational stories of ex-smokers.

To order or download the free No Smoking Day organiser pack, which includes posters, leaflets and a handbook, visit www.nosmokingday.org.uk.

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Reference

  1. Warnakulasuriya S, Sutherland G, Scully C. Tobacco, oral cancer, and treatment of dependence. Oral Oncol 2005; 41: 244–260. | Article | PubMed | ISI |

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