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World No Tobacco Day Takes Place May 31

By Pamela Li, in News, on April 3, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization, which is the perfect time for dental professionals to highlight the effects of smoking on dental health.

The theme for 2012 is tobacco industry interference, and the day will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control because of the serious danger to public health.

Smoking tobacco is an addiction, which can result in physical and psychological dependency. While smoking affects every part of the body, it is particularly harmful to the mouth.

“Despite the health threat and the likelihood of developing cancer, people are just not motivated to quit anymore,” said Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa cosmetic dentistry specialist. “The main effects of smoking on the mouth are gum disease, oral cancer, tooth and denture stains, bad breath and tooth loss.”

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