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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 up to five times or more likely 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

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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