President Barack Obama has been under a lot of pressure lately. Between passing healthcare reform, trying to restart the economy and fighting off personal assaults, it's no wonder he reaches for a cigarette every now and then.
However, aside from the plethora of health conditions associated with smoking, the President is also risking bad breath. Whether he realizes it or not, he is putting his oral health in jeopardy, which may have consequences for his political future.
Regardless of how high a person has climbed up the social, professional or political ladder, they may find it difficult to earn respect from their colleagues if they consistently have halitosis. The next time the President is debating issues with Republican leaders, it may be difficult for them to look - or smell - beyond his cigarette breath.
To make matters worse, the type of bad breath caused by smoking can be extremely difficult to eliminate. The tar in cigarettes forms a sticky substance that accumulates in the mouth, creating a good environment for odor-causing bacteria.
Smokers may benefit from TheraBreath's line of specialty breath freshening products in order to regain some of the respect they may have lost.