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Besides causing serious damages to general health, smoking also has adverse effects on oral health.

Consequences of smoking on oral health
  • May cause bad breath

  • Stains your teeth easily

  • Increases the chance of getting gum disease
    According to different studies, the chance of developing gum disease of smokers can be five times higher than that of non-smokers.

  • May worsen your gum disease
    The nicotine in the cigarettes can reduce body resistance and can jeopardize the healing potential of oral tissues. These worsen the condition of gum disease.

  • Increases the chance of getting oral cancer
    Smoking increases the chance of getting oral cancer by 3.4 folds.

Ways to refuse smoking
  • Tell your friends that you don't like to smoke.

  • Refuse cigarettes offered by others. Learn to say "NO".

  • Insist on choosing "Non-smoking Areas" no matter where you are.

  • Turn your office into a "Smoke-free Workplace".

  • Encourage your family and friends to quit smoking. Refuse second-hand smoking.

  • Maintain a healthy life-style by having a balanced diet and exercising regularly to release stress.

Ways to quit smoking
  • Discover motives
    List out reasons for quitting as motives. For example, quitting smoking can:
    • Save money
    • Make you look smarter
    • Make boy/girl friend adore you even more

  • Make plans
    Change habits that will trigger your urge to smoke. Make a plan that will help you quit smoking. At the initial stage of quitting, you may try chewing sugarless gums instead of smoking.

  • Persist to the end
    You need to be determined and persistent that you will not be affected by cigarettes again.

  • Seek help
    Should you need help and assistance, please dial 2838 3266 for the 24-hour hotline of "The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health" or 1833 183 for the Smoking Cessation Hotline of Department of Health

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