Smoking tobacco

Tobacco and alcohol are the most important oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer risk factors. Mouth cancer is largely a lifestyle disease, meaning that the majority of cases are related to tobacco and alcohol use. Approximately 90% of people with mouth cancer are tobacco users. Smokers are 6 times more likely than nonsmokers to develop mouth cancer. Users of smokeless tobacco have a 50 times more likely chance of developing mouth cancer. Statistics show only 6% of head and neck cancer recurrence in patients who stop smoking in contrast to 37% of head and neck cancer patients who continue smoking developing a second cancer. People who stop using tobacco, even after many years of use, can greatly reduce their risk of all smoking related illnesses, including mouth cancer. One of the best preventive measures to take is to kick the tobacco habit.

Those who both smoke and drink, have a 15 times greater risk of developing mouth cancer than others. Alcohol drinkers are 6 times more likely than nondrinkers to develop mouth cancer. Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages, if you drink at all.

The best way to avoid these cancers is to never start smoking or chewing tobacco in any form. Click here to learn how to stop.

Read information on chewing tobacco risks or smoking hookah risks.

Action on Smoking and Health

ASH works to secure public, media, parliamentary, local and national Government support for a comprehensive programme to tackle the epidemic of tobacco-related disease.

QuitNet: Smokers Helping Smokers Quit

QuitNet brings proven scientific methods to the Web to bring support to smokers whenever they need it. Whether you're thinking of quitting, actively trying to quit, or wanting to help a friend, QuitNet can help... and it's free!

Giving Up Smoking

It's not easy... So that's why this web site is here. Giving up smoking requires preparation, determination, and support. This site is here to help you with each of these. If you're thinking about giving up, have a look-in.

QUIT - Helping Smokers to Quit

QUIT is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop. QUIT has launched a counselling by e mail service and their Quitline telephone service is run entirely by trained counsellors who offer friendly help and advice on how to stop smoking. Quitline is open from 9am -9pm daily, seven days a week. QUIT also provides services for minority ethnic languages, they currently run helplines in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Turkish and Kurdish.

Dangers of Smoking

You can eat salad and broccoli until your head turns green, wear your seatbelt or bicycle helmet and exercise regularly, but all your healthy behaviour means little if you continue to smoke. Most people know that smoking is bad for them, but not many people know just how bad it is.

This UK health portal makes an excellent attempt to help smokers stop. It provides facts about smoking, consequences of smoking, tobacco dependency, and medicines to stop smoking. Stopping is a big decision and the problems of coping with quitting are recognised. A Smoking Community of other ex-smokers that encourage one another has been developed with the expert advice of a consultant chest physician and a consultant clinical psychologist. Try the NetDoctor 90 Day Smoking Programme here!