Smokers' Stories: Lost Teeth, a Tiny Baby
Meet the real people in CDC's graphic new ads. They want to be your reason to quit smoking for good.
No one who picks up smoking as a teenager expects that their teeth will start falling out at age 40. But that's exactly what happened to Felicita and Brett, two real people who tell their stories in CDC's Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign. New, hard-hitting commercials appear across the United States starting July 7, 2014. The ads urge smokers to quit and to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) if they want free help.
Smoking causes immediate and long-term damage to the body. The former smokers featured in the campaign share very personal stories of their own suffering to inspire smokers to quit. Seven people from across the country are featured in the newest Tips campaign.
Smoking Destroys a Smile
Cigarette smoke is a well-known cause of yellow teeth, but it's a surprise to many people that it can lead to tooth loss. The connection is gum disease(periodontal disease), an infection of the gums and the bone structure that supports your teeth. In severe cases, gum disease can make your teeth fall out. If you smoke:
- You are twice as likely to have gum disease than a nonsmoker.
- The more cigarettes you smoke, the greater your risk for gum disease.
- The longer you smoke, the greater your risk for gum disease.
Felicita and Brett, two new Tips participants, learned the hard way that smoking can ruin your teeth.
Staying away from cigarettes and maintaining good dental habits are important to help avoid gum disease. That means brushing, flossing to remove plaque, and seeing a dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
Smoking, Pregnancy, and Babies
Smoking during pregnancy can cause serious health problems in a mother and her baby. A baby may to be born too early, have a birth defect, or die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Even being around cigarette smoke can cause health problems for a mother and baby.
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Smoking and HIV
If you have HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS, smoking is especially dangerous to your health. If you smoke:
- You're more likely to develop the harmful consequences of smoking than people without HIV. These illnesses include cancer, heart disease, or stroke.
- You're more likely to develop HIV-related infections than a nonsmoker with HIV. These illnesses include thrush (a mouth infection) andPneumocystis pneumonia, a dangerous lung infection.
Resources for Quitting
People who stop smoking can greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. The younger you are when you quit, the better your chances of avoiding health problems. The following resources can help you quit smoking: