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Doctor insights on: Smokeless Tobacco Side Effects

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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! ...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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Is there any link between the use of smokeless tobacco and low potassium levels? And what are the effects of low potassium?

Is there any link between the use of smokeless tobacco and low potassium levels? And what are the effects of low potassium?

Not known,,,: There is apparently no known link or major study linking smokeless tobacco with hypokalemia. The major consequence of hypokalemia is cardiac arrhythmia both ventricular and atrial. This can interfere with heart function and may result in heart failure. ...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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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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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