Choose health, not tobacco this World No Tobacco Day

22 May 2018

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), an annual initiative of the World Health Organization which takes place on 31 May, aims to highlight the health and associated risks of tobacco use, as well as advocating for effective policies to reduce its consumption. 

This year WNTD is focusing on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide, with the evocative slogan “Tobacco Breaks Hearts”.

Each year, smoking is estimated to kill 19,000 Australians, remaining the leading cause of preventable death and disability. While the prevalence of smoking has declined in recent decades, driven by a series of tobacco control measures such as bans on tobacco advertising and promotion (including at point of sale), graphic health warnings and plain packaging, a substantial number of Australians continue to smoke. 

As a dentist you are well placed to deliver smoking cessation advice to your patients, with research indicating that brief advice from a dentist incorporating personalised feedback from an oral examination increases quit rates among smokers.

An episode on the ADA’s CPD Portal's Dental Files series, "Smoking Cessation", which discusses how dentists can contribute to reducing community smoking rates as well as exploring a range of resources available to assist patients with quitting, can help you make these conversations as effective as possible.

For further information, go to World No Tobacco Day.