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Tobacco cessation goal of CDC Tips campaign, webinar

July 09, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

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Atlanta — Around 15 percent of U.S. adults smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so many dentists may regularly find smokers in their chairs.

Many smokers want to quit, according to the CDC, which earlier this year launched its annual Tips From Former Smokers campaign that aims to help inform the public about the toll that smoking-related diseases can take.

This year, the Tips From Former Smokers campaign includes the story of an oral cancer survivor, Christine, a Pennsylvania woman who was diagnosed with oral cancer at age 44 and had to get half of her jaw removed as part of treatment. 

“I didn’t think I smoked that much,” she says in one of the videos featuring her story, “But I got oral cancer and it came back twice. Now I have no jaw and no teeth. If you smoke, you’re a smoker, just like I was.”

The CDC encourages dentists to refer patients interested in quitting smoking to its “How to Quit Smoking” section of the website at, which includes details on how to develop and stick to a quit plan.

“Dental health professionals can serve an instrumental role in encouraging people to stop using tobacco,” said Corinne Graffunder, Dr.P.H., director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “They are often the first health professionals to spot a potential problem. My hope is that CDC’s resources will provide dentists and dental hygienists with tools to assist their patients with quitting all forms of tobacco use for good.”

The CDC’s campaign ads are running on television and in print and digital mediums, and all the stories from former smokers and other resources related to the campaign are online at

The CDC credits its annual tobacco education campaign with helping more than half a million people quit smoking for good. The people in the ads, including Christine, are “real people” telling their real stories, according to Dr. Graffunder.

The CDC, in collaboration with the ADA, is offering a webinar at 11 a.m. Central time on July 31 that will discuss smoking cessation and its resources for dental professionals. Registration information was pending as of press time. Contact  Sharon Clough, ADA manager of preventive health activities, by email at for more information.

The ADA urges its members to become fully informed about tobacco use prevention and cessation. (House of Delegates Resolution 78H-2016.)
Tobacco and tobacco cessation are topics covered by the ADA Science Institute on an Oral Health Topics page.

The ADA also offers a continuing education course, Tobacco Policy, Pharmacotherapy, and Dentistry, that includes information about training opportunities for dental health professionals who want to learn more about tobacco cessation pharmacotherapy. Visit for more information.