Smoking is a major risk factor for periodontal disease. Heavy smokers are seven times more likely to lose teeth from gum disease. Even light smokers are 2-3 times more likely to lose teeth from gum disease. Smokers are also at increased risk for a host of other health problems including COPD (a chronic lung problem), cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer.
If you are a smoker, quitting on your own can be difficult. Below are a number of programs and community support groups that you can access to assist you.
Smoking cessation Programs
Toronto Public Health: Live Tobacco-Free – free STOP cessation workshop
Health Canada: Quit Smoking
Health Canada: Quit4Life (for teens)
Community Support Programs: Discover national, provincial, local, and online support groups