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What are the benefits of kicking the tobacco habit?

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Quitting tobacco has great health benefits. Eleven years after quitting, ex-smokers' odds of gum disease were similar to those of people who never smoked.

The American Cancer Society says about:

  • 90% of people with mouth, lip, tongue, and throat cancers use tobacco. Smokers are 6 times more likely than nonsmokers to get these cancers.
  • 37% of people who keep smoking after an apparent cancer cure will get second cancers of the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat, compared with 6% of those who quit.

From: Smoking and Oral Health WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 11, 2019

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 11, 2019

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