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'Clinomyn smokers toothpaste', London, England, 1971-1975

The nicotine and tar in tobacco smoke causes yellow staining on the teeth. Toothpastes like this one were advertised “to keep teeth free from tobacco and other stains without harsh abrasive action”. Originally made by Trentham Laboratories, Clinomyn toothpaste is still available today. Toothpaste and toothpowders only began to be used in Britain from the 1700s, becoming increasingly popular in the 1840s.

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Glossary: smoking

A practice where a substance, most commonly tobacco is burned and the smoke inhaled. It is currently practiced by over one billion people worldwide (2008)

Glossary: tar

Inflammable blackish viscous liquid obtained by the distillation of wood or coal. As a constituent of cigarettes, tar is known to have cancer causing properties.

Glossary: nicotine

A chemical compound that forms 0.6-3.0 per cent of the dry weight of tobacco. Nicotine acts as a stimulant in mammals, and is one of the primary reasons for smoking addiction.

Glossary: toothpaste

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