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Doctor insights on: Smokeless Tobacco Chewing Asthma

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Is smokeless tobacco or chewing tobacco bad for asthma?

Is smokeless tobacco or chewing tobacco bad for asthma?

No: For asthma, no. For cardiovascular diseases and oral cancer, yes. So if you do smoke and you have asthma switching from smoking to smokeless or chewing tobaccos is a step in the right direction. Still my goal would be to get you off tobacco completely. You may need the support of friends, family and people like you who want to quit but can't do it alone to achieve that goal.

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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How to get rid of tobacco chewing addiction?

How to get rid of tobacco chewing addiction?

See below: Here is a nice piece from the american cancer society: http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/smokelesstobaccoandhowtoquit/index.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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..

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Does smokeless tobacco cause copd?

Does smokeless tobacco cause copd?

No: But it does cause cancer of the lips tongue and throat. That's bad enough.

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What smokeless tobacco brand contains the least carcinogens?

What smokeless tobacco brand contains the least carcinogens?

Abstinence: Abstinence (from smokeless tobacco that is). Asking which cancer causing agent you voluntarily put in your mouth is better sounds ridiculous when you ask it that way. Stop using it. Period.

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Why do smokeless tobacco products increase the risk of cancer?

Why do smokeless tobacco products increase the risk of cancer?

Tobacco = cancer: Tobacco is a potent carcinogen. Any form of tobacco exposure increases your risk for cancer. That includes smokeless tobacco such as snuff or chewing tobacco. There is no good reason to use tobacco on your body for any reason. People have been known to use tobacco to kill insects in the garden. Not a good thing to put in your mouth!

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Is it safe to share food and drinks with someone who uses smokeless tobacco?

Is it safe to share food and drinks with someone who uses smokeless tobacco?

It depends: You have nothing to fear regarding the slight exposure to smokeless tobacco in the saliva on the food or beverage lid/can/straw. However, if germs are lurking, it doesn't prevent those from causing harm (colds, viruses, etc).

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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.

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What are the negative health effects on the baby from the pregnant woman using smokeless tobacco?

What are the negative health effects on the baby from the pregnant woman using smokeless tobacco?

Low birth weight: Using smokeless tobacco causes babies not to grow as well, and to be more likely to deliver prematurely. Also, there are significant risks to you, like cancers of the mouth, lips and esophagus, cancers of the kidney and pancreas, tooth decay and gum disease. Pregnant or not, try to stop using tobacco at all!

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