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Smoking and Tobacco Cessation

Introduction

Mark Twain once said, "Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times." Quitting tobacco is difficult because all forms of it—cigarettes, cigars and spit (chewing) tobacco—contain nicotine and nicotine is the agent in tobacco that's capable of causing addiction or dependence. Dentists and dental professionals can help their patients quit once and for all.

ADA Positions and Statements

Additional Resources

For Dental Professionals—Implement in-office tobacco cessation strategies

For Patients—Self-help tobacco cessation tools

  • National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines
    800-QUITNOW (800.784.8669) TTY 800.332.8615
    This toll-free number is a single access point to the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines. Callers can speak with a counselor to receive help with quitting smoking, informational materials and referrals to other sources. The Quitline Map of North America provides an interactive map with information available by state regarding services offered and hours of operation.
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: Smokeless Tobacco
  • American Lung Association: Stop Smoking
  • Smokefree.gov
    This Website (Smokefree.gov), developed by the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and others, provides information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people who want to quit smoking. The site provides:
    • An online step-by-step cessation guide
    • A link to the national telephone quitline
    • NCI's instant messaging service
    • Publications, which may be downloaded, printed, or ordered

Community-based Interventions

  • Guide to Community Preventive Services: Tobacco Use and Control, CDC
    This guide, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides recommendations to decision makers about the types of interventions most appropriate for reducing tobacco use and exposure for different populations. Recommendations are based upon the strength of the evidence for each intervention type according to a systematic review process and are helpful to decision makers when selecting an intervention for specific groups or individuals.
  • Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
  • Tar Wars
    Tar Wars, sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians is designed to educate students about being tobacco-free, provide them with the tools to make positive decisions regarding their health, and promote personal responsibility for their well-being. Information on classroom presentations is available.
  •  American Legacy Foundation
    The American Legacy Foundation is dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. Its two goals are to arm all young people with the knowledge and tools to reject tobacco and to eliminate disparities in access to tobacco prevention and cessation services. The Foundation’s Great Start program is the first national media campaign and toll-free quitline number to help pregnant women quit smoking. Pregnant women who want to quit smoking can obtain free, confidential counseling in English and Spanish by calling toll-free 1-866-66-START (1-866.667.8277).

Literature on Tobacco Use