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Does nicotine / continine from smokeless tobacco stay in system longer than cigarette nicotine / continine?

Does nicotine / continine from smokeless tobacco stay in system longer than cigarette nicotine / continine?

Drug metabolism: The same drug levels obtained via smokeless or smoking would be metabolized by the body at a similar rate. Differences in absorption and thus dosage may influence how long drug levels persist. Also, the mixture of drug and other metabolites may influence how long they persist. Tobacco companies have not released the dose-response data to compare these readily. ...Read more

Spit Tobacco (Definition)

Spit tobacco, or chewing tobacco, is a type of smokeless tobacco that, when chewed, releases nicotine and flavor. It is highly addictive and is ...Read more


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I am determined to quit using smokeless tobacco, however using nicotine to quit isn't working, any suggestions?

I am determined to quit using smokeless tobacco, however using nicotine to quit isn't working, any suggestions?

Keep trying: Did nicotine medications work at all? For a day? A week? If not, consider combining medications such as nicotine patch plus gum or lozenge, or get a prescription such as bupropion if you can use this, plus get some nag-free coaching at 1-800-quit now. Free advice from treatment specialists will help you zero in on your stress points throughout the day. Keep trying - go for longer smoke-free time.. ...Read more

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What's the best way to stop using smokeless tobacco?

What's the best way to stop using smokeless tobacco?

Stopping Addiction: One way to stop an addition like tobacco use is cold turkey. Throw the stuff away and walk. It take a strong conviction to stop this way. Another way is gradual with medical help to wean you off the tobacco addiction. The last form is being forced by circumstances, like oral cancer, to stop using tobacco. Not fun. All bad habits must be replaced by good habits in order to prevent going back. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the health risks of smokeless tobacco?

Doctors, what are the health risks of smokeless tobacco?

Cancer and others: Chewing tobacco, snuff etc. Produce high levels of the organic compounds ("tars") that are associated with cancer of the head/neck. In addition, you absorb nicotine and the cardiovascular complications of that, while not as bad as smoking, are still bad - an increase in heart attack and stroke. You are also just as dependent on nicotine as smokers. Bad breath, stained teeth, the spitting - all bad ...Read more

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Could COPD be a result of smokeless tobacco?

Could COPD be a result of smokeless tobacco?

No: Smokeless tobacco is chewing tobacco and snuff. It causes oral cancer, nicotine addiction, and reproductive health problems. It is not known to cause copd. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get gum decay from smokeless tobacco?

How long does it take to get gum decay from smokeless tobacco?

varies, but do quit: Tooth decay and gum disease are related to smokeless tobacco use but are not directly caused by it. Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection of gums and surrounding support structures of the teeth. It is usually caused by poor hygiene and can be influenced by many other factors such as tobacco use. Tooth decay has a similar cause. Having good hygiene and eating healthy helps avoid issues. ...Read more

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Are you less addicted to tobacco if you use smokeless tobacco?

Are you less addicted to tobacco if you use smokeless tobacco?

Tobacco Addiction: The addiction to chewing tobacco and smoking tobacco is to the same chemical, mainly nicotine. The nicotine from either source acts on the same pathways of the brain regardless of how it enters the body. Both forms of tobacco use cause cancer and take many lives each year. ...Read more

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Which cancers are most common among users of smokeless tobacco?

Which cancers are most common among users of smokeless tobacco?

Smokeless TOB&CA: Smokeless or chewing TOB has been linked to cancers of the oral cavity, esophageal and pancreatic cancers. Esophageal and pancreatic are two of the toughest CA to cure and treat. Oral cavity CA is hard to go through treatment but at least some of these Pts are cured. ...Read more

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I'm addicted to smokeless tobacco. How do I stop this addiction?

I'm addicted to smokeless tobacco. How do I stop this addiction?

Use best treatments: Stopping is one of the best things to do for your health! Make sure to get the best treatments: coaching, free at 800-quit-now they won't nag you, will help with a plan and get you though cravings. Medications help with craving and nicotine withdrawal. Depending where you live and your insurance- you may be able to get them low cost or free. Go a day, then a week, then a month! ...Read more

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How much time do you have to use smokeless tobacco to get cancer?

No easy answer to: That question. Depends on how much you use, and how potent the preparation is, as well as your sensitivity to the cancer causing effects of tobacco - all of those are highly variable. For most people, it is about the same amount of time that smoking causes cancer, a decade or more and usually 20-30 years of use, but some people are highly sensitive and have problems much earlier. ...Read more

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Will using smokeless tobacco increase my risk of developing cancer?

Will using smokeless tobacco increase my risk of developing cancer?

Yes, defnitely: You are at increased risk for cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, urinary bladder, pancreas and perhaps others. Tobacco also causes blood vessel disease leading to heart attacks, stroke, gangrene and shortens life by about ten years. ...Read more

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Is it bad to share your life with someone who uses smokeless tobacco?

Is it bad to share your life with someone who uses smokeless tobacco?

No answer: Use of tobacco, in any form is not good for the health of the user. After that, it is a personal issue between the other qualities of the person vs. The vice of tobacco use. Smokeless tobacoo does not affect people near the user like smoking does. The health problems fo the user in your life may affect you. ...Read more

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Hi docs, can you tell me if smokeless tobacco are safer then pipes, cigerettes and cigars?

Hi docs, can you tell me if smokeless tobacco are safer then pipes, cigerettes and cigars?

To some extent: In that they are not breathed into the lungs and thus are not a cause of lung cancer, or several of the other cancers where systemic effects of smoked tobacco occur. They are also not associated with chronic bronchitis or emphysema. However, they ARE highly associated with nicotine dependency, mouth and throat cancer, gum disease and dental problems. ...Read more

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How can one stop using smokeless tobacco?

How can one stop using smokeless tobacco?

Oral Cancer Risk: Smokeless tobacco may seem harmless, but is the most carcinogenic forms of tobacco use. It places the carcinogenic chemicals of tobacco directly in contact with the delicate tissues in the oral cavity. It creates a chemical dependency to nicotine like smoking. Talk to your doctor about helping you out of the chemical dependency to nicotine. Chewing tobacco and oral cancer go hand in hand. ...Read more

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What to do if I tried dip (smokeless tobacco) im worried?

What to do if I tried dip (smokeless tobacco) im worried?

Stop doing it!: If you have been doing enough of it long enough to get addicted to nicotine, there are many ways to stop. The use of nicotine replacement therapy with lozenges, gum and patches, several prescription medications (bupropion, varenicline). Cold turkey works for some, perhaps with acupuncture or hypnosis if available, and smoking cessation programs greatly doubles chances of success. Get support. ...Read more

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Will smokeless tobacco affect my breathing?

Will smokeless tobacco affect my breathing?

Good Question: I am not aware of any formal studies looking at this. I would say unlikely, and it is even possible that for some nicotine might improve breathing...but surely not tobacco!

The brain at your age is still developing and so the sooner you stop nicotine I think the better. Irreversible changes in the brain can occur from nicotine use, and they are more likely, the younger one is when using. ...Read more

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Is smokeless tobacco more dangerous than smoking?

Is smokeless tobacco more dangerous than smoking?

Probably not: But so what. It is dangerous and can cause addiction, cancer and other problems. ...Read more

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What are the odds of malignancy using smokeless tobacco?

What are the odds of malignancy using smokeless tobacco?

Lower if not using!: Tobacco use is a cause for mouth cancers, lung cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer, etc. It is bad for you. Please consider quitting or seeking help in quitting. ...Read more

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Who here recommends uses of smokeless tobacco over smoking?

Who here recommends uses of smokeless tobacco over smoking?

Pick your poison: While lung disease risk may be lower with nasal and oral tobacco, you will get higher risk of oral, head and neck cancer. The most compelling reason to switch from smoke to smokeless is cutting down second hand smoke exposure for your friends and family. They will appreciate it, especially when they see the horrible suffering you endure after your head and neck cancer surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get addicted to smokeless tobacco?

How long does it take to get addicted to smokeless tobacco?

Very quickly: Because smokeless tobacco is held between the cheek and gum it is absorbed very quickly into the blood stream in very high concentrations. It is the difference between alcohol abuse and IV drug use, the latter is more potent and more quickly addictive like smokeless tobacco. ...Read more

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Is smokeless tobacco any worse for your health than cigarettes?

Tobacco is tobacco: There is no safe, healthy form of tobacco. ...Read more

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What is the best smokeless tobacco/dip that does the least amount of harm to your health?

What is the best smokeless tobacco/dip that does the least amount of harm to your health?

There aren't any: There is no data that any one form of tobacco is any safer than any other form. In theory, tobacco with the lowest nicotine content and the lowest amount of "tars" (the organic compounds that contribute to cancer and other problems) would be the safest, but those would also be the least addicting, so companies would have a hard time selling them. I know of no product that is safer than any other. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that ciggarettes or smokeless tobacco will show up on a probation drug test?

Is it actually true that ciggarettes or smokeless tobacco will show up on a probation drug test?

No: Probation tests involve testing for illicit substances, in which category tobacco does not fall. Unless there was a judicial order that you not smoke, there is little or no likelihood that they would be even testing for cotinine, the metabolite in urine, or care about it. In minors, some juvenile authorities might be interested, since it is not legal to sell cigarettes to people under 18. ...Read more

Nicotine (Definition)

Nicotine is a stimulant drug found in cigarettes and is the ...Read more


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