Risks of Smokeless Tobacco

By | August 24, 2010

Smokeless tobacco was popular in Europe and Scandinavia, and tobacco was chewed by Native people of North and South. Chewing tobacco and snuff are two types of smokeless tobacco. Chewing tobacco is sold in loose leaf, plug forms and twist. Snuff is in the form of sachet and dry forms.

Risks of smokeless tobacco:
For smoking it is not a safe substitute and oral cancers is caused by it and it may lead to addiction. Nitrodamines, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, and metallic and radioactive compounds, these are major compounds in smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco’s contains nitrosamine which exceeds beyond 1000 *. The nitrosamine content is allowed by the FDA in products like bacon and beer.

Cancers of the esophagus, stomach, larynx are associated with smokeless tobacco, and heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases are increased by this smokeless tobacco. Gingival recession, staining of teeth, loss of taste and bad breath, these are other side-effects of smokeless tobacco. Due to higher sugar content in this smokeless tobacco, the users of chewing tobacco have an increase in dental caries.

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