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Doctor insights on: Smokeless Tobacco Causing Severe Body Itching

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What kinds of chemicals are in smokeless tobacco(snuff), that cause cancer?

What kinds of chemicals are in smokeless tobacco(snuff), that cause cancer?

Pollutants: All the pesticides, fungicides and herbicides used on the growing tobacco leaves when they go throught the liver are turned into "estrogen-like" compounds resulting in over-estroginized men and women. They also contain heavy metals all of these can cause various forms of cancers. ...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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Can smokeless tobacco cause oral cancer?

Can smokeless tobacco cause oral cancer?

Yes: Tobacco is one of the risk factor for oral cancer in addition to alcohol and other things. ...Read more

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How can smokeless tobacco cause oral cancer?

How can smokeless tobacco cause oral cancer?

Carcinogens: It is the carcinogens in the tobacco that leach into the soft tissues of your mouth and cause the changes on a cellular level that result in cancer cells forming. ...Read more

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Can smokeless tobacco cause oral cancer? If so, how?

Yes: Smokeless tobacco (chew, snuff, etc.) cause cancer by exposing the lining of the mouth or nose to toxins in the tobacco that can lead to cancer. They also can cause chronic inflammation that promotes the growth of cancer cells. ...Read more

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When I asked about the heart palpitations, I should add that I use smokeless tobacco, can this cause them? I'm working on quitting.

When I asked about the heart palpitations, I should add that I use smokeless tobacco, can this cause them? I'm working on quitting.

Palpitations: Yes, stimulants can cause palpitations, and nicotine is a powerful stimulant. Cigarettes, cigars, dip, chew or any tobacco product has a significant amount of nicotine. However, palpitations can also result from underlying heart problems or metabolic problems, so don't assume it's the nicotine until you have a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Throat cancer and smokeless tobacco? I read that using smokeless tobacco can cause throat cancer. I only use it once in a while. Is that ok?

Throat cancer and smokeless tobacco? I read that using smokeless tobacco can cause throat cancer. I only use it once in a while. Is that ok?

No. Smokeless : No.

Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the tongue, mouth, and throat, and may also cause cancers of the stomach and intestine. These are extremely difficult cancers to treat. Most are fatal, and those that are cured leave patients with terrible deformities. Even if it doesn't cause cancer, smokeless tobacco causes gum disease that may cost you your teeth.

You say you use it only once in a while, so it will be easier to quit now. If you wait, chances are that you'll start using it more in the future. ...Read more

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I'm really dealing with a severe addiction to smokeless tobacco Copenhagen longcut. I've been using it for 2 years now and my gums have bumps im scared?

I'm really dealing with a severe addiction to smokeless tobacco Copenhagen longcut.
I've been using it for 2 years now and my gums have bumps im scared?

You should be scared: Oral cancer is a real risk for you. You need to be examined by a dentist or oral surgeon. You also need to stop the tobacco. You can do it. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Will smokeless tobacco show up in drug trst?

Will smokeless tobacco show up in drug trst?

Absolutely: Whether you smoke or chew, you get tobacco chemicals in your mouth, and absorbed in your body. It depends on the test, as far as how long it will show positive for the test — saliva or blood or urine (or even hair). Want to pass the test? No tobacco, which is the healthiest choice for you! ...Read more

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Can using smokeless tobacco make you physically feel bad all the time?

Can using smokeless tobacco make you physically feel bad all the time?

Yes it does: Let's accept that tobacco is a poison for the human body and stop using it. You will feel better, stronger and look healthier! This is a good time to quit using it. ...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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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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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 anyone 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

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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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How long does smokeless tobacco keratosis take to heal? It's been two weeks since I quit and it looks better than it did... Does it go back to normal?

How long does smokeless tobacco keratosis take to heal? It's been two weeks since I quit and it looks better than it did... Does it go back to normal?

2 to 4 weeks: Do you also smoke? Use much alcohol? Is it in the area you held the tobacco? Is it red or ulcerated? If the area is not normal in another 2 weeks you should have a biopsy. This is easy and nearly painless. A microscopic exam will define the cause of persistence. Stay away from all forms of tobacco and use very little or no alcohol. ...Read more

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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 on 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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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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