Tobacco and Your Oral Health

by Jason 5/30/2013 8:00 AM

If you are a smoker, take out one of your cigarettes and break it in half. You just saved 11 minutes of your life.

Now, take that whole pack and throw it in the trash. Guess how many minutes of your life you just saved? 220! Can you believe that? It’s almost like magic. You just extended your life by 220 minutes in the 3 seconds it took you to throw that pack out.

If you’re a lifelong smoker, quitting today could extend your life 6.5 years. This number doesn’t even take into account the number of years you may lose if you were to develop mouth or lung cancer. The loss of life and other medical conditions caused by tobacco can have a profound effect on you and your family.

Quit smoking today and extend your life long enough to spend more time with the ones you love. If you need more resources or would like to quit smoking, contact a smoking cessation program in your town NOW!

If you are trying to quit, join our conversation on Twitter at #TobaccoFreeNation.


Shaw, Mary, and Richard Mitchell. “Time for a Smoke? One Cigarette Reduces Your Life by 11 Minutes.”  British Medical Journal 320.7226 (2000). Pub Med Central. Web. 15 Mar. 2012.

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