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THE USE OF TOBACCO

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) takes the following position regarding the use of tobacco by humans: Tobacco products come in many forms. Some are smoked and others are not, but none is safe for human consumption. In addition to their serious systemic effects, all have adverse oral health consequences, and risks usually are in proportion to the intensity and duration of tobacco use. The use of tobacco products is a major risk factor for oral and pharyngeal cancers. It also increases the risk of periodontal disease and decreases the ability of oral tissues to heal. Other oral effects include halitosis (bad breath), decreased ability to taste, and increased staining of teeth, gingival pigmentation, and a variety of mucosal lesions. In addition, tobacco smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of developing fetal anomalies such as cleft lip and cleft palate. The IADR encourages continued research to further elucidate the health effects of tobacco use, identify the biological mechanisms and behavioral patterns and relative risks involved in producing these effects, and to develop and evaluate effective methods for prevention and cessation. The IADR further encourages the development of collaborations with other organizations and institutions to help inform members and the public of research findings about the conditions and risks associated with tobacco use.

IADR SMOKING POLICY

The IADR meeting is a non-smoking meeting. Ashtrays may be available outside the Convention Center and in the public areas of the hotels. No smoking is permitted in the meeting rooms at the Convention Center or the hotels.

(adopted 2001)