The Great American Smokeout which encourages people to stop smoking for 24 hours will take place this year on November 18. The goal is that the decision to stop smoking will last much longer than the one day. This annual event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Quitting smoking is not easy because tobacco contains nicotine which is addictive. As Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.” I have made it a goal in my Long Island dental office to help my patients who smoke to break the habit once and for all.
Smokers are at risk for oral cancer and periodontal disease. Cigarette smoking has also been linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory disease.