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Side Effects Of Quitting Chewing Tobacco
Yes: Chewing tobacco use causes many problems. It especially increases the risk of cancers of the lips and mouth/throat as well as increased risk of cancers of the digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, etc.) in addition it causes gum disease and tooth loss. If you think dentures are attractive, keep it up! ...Read more
No perfect cure: Some people are able to go cold turkey and do ok. Others try and it is impossible without help. Today the most successful aid is Chantix which is by rx. But most health professionals are more than happy to give you a perscription. Realize that you hafe a drug addiction which is not for your body to just quit, it has gotten accustomed to it and wants it. Also there is the physical habit. ...Read more
Comprehensive progra: Including advice. Chantix. Choosing a start date. Having some accountability. Look at the Chantix website closely. The getquit plan. ...Read more
Want to quit chewing tobacco due to the possible health issues I'm 16 and have been chewing for 2 years. I'm an everyday user and go threw a can a day?
You can do it: Making up your mind to quit is the biggest step to success. Try cutting back on the amount you use by just a little bit each day. Also, consider stopping by to see your doctor. There are some medications that can help make it easier for you. Good luck! ...Read more
Same as smoking: Both give you nicotine addiction, as well as being an "oral habit" - the need to have something in your mouth. Cold turkey works for about 3% of people, adding nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenges etc) increases quit rates to about 10-15%, adding a smoking cessation program increases to about 20%. The prescription drugs Zyban (bupropion) and Chantix, together with a program are 30-40% success. ...Read more
Same as quitting: Cigarette smoking. Nicotine addiction is nicotine addiction, however you are taking it in. Irritablity, lack of concentration, anxiety and depression all can occur. This depends on your biology/genetics, how much you were using and for how long. It can be treated with nicotine replacement therapies like patches, lozenges, gum, and with medications like Chantix and Zyban (bupropion). Cessation programs help. ...Read more
It takes a while for the body to adjust after a change such as quitting use of tobacco. The tobacco has many effects on body functions and these body functions have to readjust. Tobacco craving also wears your body down. Go to the following site for help:
http://www. Nidcr. Nih. Gov/oralhealth/topics/smokelesstobacco/smokelesstobaccoaguideforquitting. Htm. ...Read more
I quit smoking cold turkey but im trying to quit chewing tobacco just can't seem to any tricks suggestions or thoughts on how to?
Break habits: The best way to do it is to find out when you do it the most and try to change those habits. If you can't do that you will continue to fall back into the same patterns. There are also non-tobacco chew products that may be able to help you. Good luck. ...Read more
I have already quited chewing tobacco. If there is still same risk of oral cancer? If it is developing than can it be stopped by quitting tobacco?
Good to quit.: You will still have a risk of developing oral cancer, but it goes down the longer you are free of using chewing tobacco, smoking and heavy drinking. If you stay away from these your risk will go down to that of a non-user of these after 20 years or so. But you have done the first, most important step by quitting, and with regular visits to your doctor, should have little/no trouble from this. ...Read more
I've been chewing tobacco for 2yrs now. Last week I noticed a red rough patch on my cheek. Is 2yrs enough to worry about cancer? Trying to quit. 31/m
How long does it take for nicotine from chewing tobacco to be completely flushed from your system so that it cannot be detected? I need to take a nicotine test for a job and I need to know how far in advance I need to quit the stuff.
2-3 days: Nicotine is a short-acting drug, and is usually metabolized into cotinine which lasts for up to 72 hours. If you give it one week, your test should be negative. However, you should stay stopped - chewing tobacco damages your teeth, can cause oral cancer, makes your breath stink, and is a thoroughly nasty habit. Get some help if you need it - most ballplayers have stopped, usually with gum. ...Read more
I'm 28.I recently began sneezing quite frequently. Usually up to 10-15 sneezes maybe 4-5 days /wk. Could it be new allergies? I recently quit chewing tobacco when this started. Should I get an allergy test or pick up otc medicine and take daily?
Probably allergic: And don't see a reason that stopping chewing tobacco (congratulations and STAY QUIT) would do this. Multiple sneezing is usually allergic. The use of one of the newer selective and less-sedating antihistamines (Claritin, Zyrtec etc) should be safe (check with pharmacist if you are on other meds) and reduce your sneezing. If it doesn't, see your primary care provider. ...Read more
What is wrong with my gums? I am 17 years old and to help me quit smoking (because I'm enlisted in the marine corps and it's hurting my running), I have taken up chewing tobacco. The brand is grizzly wintergreen long cut, and I have crazy pain on my front
You are irritating the soft tissues of your mouth with the the harmful chemicals leaching out of the tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is an extremely dangerous and harmful habit, and over the long run you are putting yourself at grave risk.
I am not trying to lecture you, just advise you of what is known in the medical community. Many people feel that because it is not smoked, it is safe.
Please read from the link below. ...Read more
My TSH level was 2.95 a few months ago when I was still smoking and chewing tobacco. Why did my TSH go up into hypothyroid range after I quit?
TSH and Hypothyroid: Tsh of 2.95 is getting close to hypothyroid. The smoking very well may be coincidental to the slow onset thyroid failure you have experienced. ...Read more
#1 same addiction to nicotine, less damage to lungs.
#2. Nicotine anonymous
#3 I have had success treating people in recovery from nicotine addiction using the patch. Decrease the dose very gradually, making reductions every two weeks or longer, to increase the likelihood of staying stopped. This works bests if done in combination with #2. ...Read more
Nothing good: While chewing tobacco doesn't increase lung cancer rates as much as does smoking tobacco, it does lead to gingivitis, cavities & increase risk of oral & other cancers. There's simply no good reason to chew or dip tobacco. Check out http://health. Usnews. Com/health-news/family-health/articles/2008/07/02/smokeless-tobacco-products-do-raise-cancer-risk. ...Read more
Ill effects from swallowing a mouth full from a day old cup of chewing tobacco spit? Was half asleep and accidentally took a drink from the wrong cup.
No more ill effects: Generally than some stomach upset and heartburn. You are actually always swallowing some of this mess. I would hope that this experience would tell you that this is not a habit you want to cultivate, and you quit before you end up with head and neck cancer, heart disease and other complications of chewing tobacco. Your teeth get stained, your breath stinks and it is altogether unattractive. ...Read more
Can be very serious: Tobacco, even smoking tobacco is a known carcinogen and can cause cancer. There may or may not be less of a risk if you use it infrequently or in smaller amounts, but there is a risk. Why take that chance? I suggest that you stop using it altogether! Better safe than sorry. ...Read more
Unfortunately, None: Unfortunately, you won't have any symptoms from chewing tobacco until you have advancing oral cancer. You will see some visual changes to your lip and gums, but you won't have any change in feeling or sensation until it's too late. Most deadly conditions don't have symptoms in the early stages, which is why many of them are found late in their development. Tobacco is a habit you can live without! ...Read more
Smokless tobacco: In a study by greer in 2011, smokless tobacco, the primary oral, mucosal, and hard tissue changes associated with slt use include slt keratosis (stk); gingival inflammation, periodontal inflammation, and alveolar bone damage; and dental caries, tooth abrasion, and dysplasia and oral squamous cell carcinoma (scc). Stks are human papillomavirus. Does the risk outweigh the benefit to chew slt? ...Read more
Maybe: A canadian study published online march 17 in the journal, annals of epidemiology, found that teenage boys who smoke are on average 2.54 centimetres shorter than non-smokers. Uncertain regarding chewing tobacco but likely similar risk. There are so many other risks to health from tobacco in any form it is advised to avoid all tobacco. ...Read more
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