Here’s a quick challenge: make a list of the reasons why you should never start using tobacco products. Was improved oral health among them? Preventing early onset of tobacco use is an important...

Tobacco 21 Protecting the Mouth and the Rest of the Body

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Here’s a quick challenge: make a list of the reasons why you should never start using tobacco products. Was improved oral health among them? Preventing early onset of tobacco use is an important factor in preventing gum disease and oral cancer. That’s why the Campaign for Dental Health supports Tobacco 21. Because 90% of smokers begin their tobacco use before age 18, public health interventions that reduce youth access to tobacco can make a big difference in protecting children from lifelong addiction. One successful strategy is the “Tobacco 21” movement. Young AdultsTobacco 21 laws raise the minimum purchase age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. This change helps limit access to tobacco: youth who cannot buy cigarettes typically rely on older friends to purchase them. In fact, 90% of people who purchase tobacco for distribution to minors are between the ages of 18 and 20 tooth scaler australia. Raising the purchase age to 21 means less access to cigarettes, and thus less potential for nicotine addiction. According to an Institute of Medicine Report, increasing the tobacco purchase age to 21 would result in a 12% overall reduction in smoking prevalence, and 25% reduction in smoking initiation among 15-17 year olds. The Tobacco 21 movement began in Needham, MA in 2005. From 2006-2010, Needham saw a 47% reduction in teen smoking, compared to only a 14% reduction in neighboring towns. Following this success, these laws have gained traction across the country. As of August 2017, five states and over 255 cities and towns have raised the minimum tobacco age to 21! In addition, public support is strong: 71% of US adults support raising the tobacco age to 21. Preventing tobacco use before it begins builds #HealthyCommunities. To learn more about Tobacco 21 efforts, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Richmond Center website, contact your local AAP Chapter, or reach out to the AAP Division of State Government Affairs. In these polarized times, it is all too easy to rush to defend our biases and to do so fiercely, leaving no room for reasoned discussion. That is one of the points made by Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta, in a recent blog post in The Globe and Mail. The blog comments on over-reaction to a new study published by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) that reports on data from Mexico showing an association between higher fluoride urine levels among pregnant women and lower cognitive function among their offspring. The Campaign for Dental Health promotes the safety and benefits of community water fluoridation, drawing on an enormous body of research and decades of experience that demonstrate its effectiveness at reducing dental disease dental lab equipment. When new research emerges, it is carefully considered to see if and how it adds to the existing body of evidence. As Caulfield reminds us, fluoridation has a long and complex research history. And, as first author of the Mexican study, Morteza Bashash, PhD, told Medscape Medical News, “This is a piece of a puzzle. We need to do more work to identify the nature of the effect. And we have a lot of uncertainty in the results.” “Yes, there is interesting research emerging on the risks and benefits of fluoride. And this should not be dismissed.Is It Necessary To Save The Socket? for more information. But one study is just that, one study. For a topic as complex as fluoridation – as with so many topics in the realm of health – it is best to consider the body of available evidence before putting the gloves on and retreating to your corner of the public debate,” says Caulfield. We couldn’t agree more. We welcome this study as an addition to the research on the effects of fluoride. But to draw firm conclusions would be an egregious disservice to the public and to the due process of scientific inquiry. RELATED POSTS Initial Observations on the Prenatal Fluoride Exposure Study Meadville, Pennsylvania Votes to Initiate Fluoridation EPA denies petition to end fluoridation in the United States Fake News: Not a New Problem San Jose, CA Gives Residents a Timely Gift of Better Oral Health CATEGORIES Campaign for Dental Health News Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Communities Supporting Fluoride Facts about Fluoride Featured Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride in the News Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care mobile dental unit