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Tomorrow is the Great Smoke Out

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Margaret J. Fehrenbach, RDH, MS, Oral Biologist and Dental Hygiene Educational Consultant as well as the Washington State Tobacco Cessation Liaison and ADHA Tobacco Intervention Initiative Advisory Committee Member. margaret@dhed.net or http://www.dhed.net/

“Not since the polio vaccine has this nation had a better opportunity to make a significant impact in public health.” David Satcher, MD, PhD, Former U.S. Surgeon General

Tobacco Use in USA (2012)

  • The number one risk factor for heart disease and stroke, causing nearly 1 in every 5 deaths.
  • Leading preventable cause of illness and death responsible for more than 443,000 premature deaths, and costing more than 96 billion in healthcare bills every year and resulting in more than 6 million years of potential life lost each year, with 50,000 adult nonsmokers who die from exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Nearly 90% of all smokers start at or before age 18; another 1,000 children become regular smokers every day, 1/3 of who will die prematurely as a result.


Shirley Gutkowski speaks to Margaret Fehrenbach about smoking and how it really affects the body and the pocketbook. Should dental hygienists talk to you about smoking? Call in to voice your opinion.

Producer: Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH