Each day, nearly 4,000 kids in the United States try their first cigarette and an additional 1,000 kids under 18 years of age become new regular, daily smokers. That’s nearly 400,000 new underage daily smokers in this country each year.1
Schedule a talk with your child about the dangers of smoking. Aside from lung cancer deaths, tobacco is responsible for oral cancer deaths as well. Every year, there are 9,000 deaths that are contributed to oral cancer. Of those 9,000 deaths, tobacco is responsible for 75% of them!
I’ve got a list of side effects that come along with smoking cigarettes, so you can give even more reasons not to smoke.
– Bad breath is often a side effect of smoking. Not only the “ashtray breath” as some people call it, but smoking also contributes to bad breath even when you haven’t smoked recently.
– Gum disease – smoking is a major risk factor for developing gum disease, and bone loss. This can lead to tooth loss as well.
– Stained teeth – want to have white teeth? Smoking can leave brown stains and tar deposits on your teeth, so if you want pearly whites, don’t even start.
These are just 3 examples of the ugly things smoking could do to your mouth. Now ask your kids: Are these things you want to live with?
1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, Results from the 2010 National
Survey on Drug Use and Health, NSDUH: Summary of National Findings, 2011.
“Smoking and Your Mouth.” Delta Dental. Web. 15 Mar. 2012. http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/adult/oralhabits/22,DD45