Welcome back! I am so glad you came back to get more information on this vitally important topic. As you may recall, last week we started this article mini-series on the affects smoking can have on many different areas of human health. We provided some horror stories about real people who are currently paying dear prices for involving themselves in the habit of smoking. Some of those people aren’t suffering any longer because they died of smoking-related cancers! We pointed out that the dangers of smoking don’t relegate themselves solely to either gender, any age group and any socio-economic class. This week we will continue this discussion as we talk about the CDC’s 2014 summer campaign which focuses on oral health.
2014 Summer Campaign
The summer campaign was launched on July 7, 2014 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues emphasizing health conditions like cancer risks and outcomes and is also including periodontal disease, premature births and HIV complications. Now, if you’re like me, you probably don’t usually associate periodontal disease or premature birth or HIV complications with any detrimental involvement with smoking. They have new advertisements in which couples share how they each lost all or most of their teeth to gum disease that was a direct result of smoking. These new ads are being done in Spanish and are running on national Spanish media channels. These and other powerful ads are being generated in all media in an attempt to highlight some previously considered uncommon disease processes associated with cigarette use. The former smokers are sharing with the world what it is like to live with the disabilities and disfigurements that result from smoking. Many smokers admit that what they have seen and heard in these ads has helped them to quit.
The Tips Campaign associated with these ads has proven to be quite successful. The Existing Tips campaign ran earlier this year and resulted in nearly 650,000 unique visitors t the Tips website during the nine weeks it ran. As in previous campaigns, smokers were encouraged to call a phone number or visit the website to view former smokers’ stories and share their own.
According to the CDC, more than 16 million Americans live with smoking-related diseases. Approximately 480,000 Americans die each year from smoking-related diseases and causes. These deaths very sad indeed, but more importantly, they are preventable! If you are a smoker, please seriously consider quitting, do this for yourself and for your families, many of whom are victims of second-hand smoke. Keep up with your oral health with your local dental professional. Your Periodontist on Long Island can help to identify and treat gum and periodontal disease in any member of your family. Call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 or pay him a visit on the web and let him tell how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.