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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Does smokeless tobacco lower blood platelet count?

Does smokeless tobacco lower blood platelet count?

No, not true: No effect on platelet count. It has many other bad effects though! So get away from it before you develop cancer which is a much worse problem than low platelets.

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What is the relationship of smokeless tobacco and oral cancer?

What is the relationship of smokeless tobacco and oral cancer?

Very high: Tobacco juice and smoke contains carcinogens that cause normal cells to change into cancer cells. There is a significant link between cancer of the lip, mouth, tongue and throat with the use of smokeless tobacco products. This link between smokeless tobacco and oral cancer is beyond question.

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My bf wants to get his tongue pierced but uses smokeless tobacco?

My bf wants to get his tongue pierced but uses smokeless tobacco?

Problem: With or without smokless tobacco - it is dangerous. Tongue barbells can chip or fracture front teeth. Gums can be damaged by the rubbing of barbells requiring periodontal surgery. An unscrewed barbell may be aspirated into the lungs. Infections can be quite severe & eventually lead to disfigurement. There can be significant blood loss & permanent neuralgia (pain).

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My husband wants to get his tongue pierced but uses smokeless tobacco. Risky?

My husband wants to get his tongue pierced but uses smokeless tobacco. Risky?

Good if stops use: If this tongue piercing opportunity leads to your husband stopping tobacco use, then this will become a very good thing. If he continues to use tobacco, risk of cancer is high even without tongue piercing. Take advantage of this opportunity to stop tobacco use, or live to regret it.

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I have bumps on back of tounge, bad breath and tounge is yellow. I used to use smokeless tobacco. What do I have?

I have bumps on back of tounge, bad breath and tounge is yellow. I used to use smokeless tobacco. What do I have?

Seek some help: You don't say how long ago you gave up smokeless tobacco but if it is sort of recent...It'll take some time for the effects of that to go away. But if it has been, say a month or longer, go see a dentist or oral surgeon. You may need a biopsy or at least a good look to get an answer.

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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.

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29y/o male with LDH 229 iu/l, HDL Cholesterol 34 mg/dl, LDL Cholesterol calc 110mg/dl. Are these levels to be concerned with? Smokeless tobacco user

29y/o male with LDH 229 iu/l, HDL Cholesterol 34 mg/dl, LDL Cholesterol calc 110mg/dl. Are these levels to be concerned with? Smokeless tobacco user

A bit: B"sd ldh -? lactate dehydrogenase enzyme level- is a non-specific test that comes from liver and muscle -? liver enzymes, ? hx heavy exercise and possibly repeat in a few weeks. LDL a bit high and HDL a bit low - especially if family coronary artery disease most would recommend redoubled lifestyle measures and repeat in some months. Anthropometric risk at http://ce180c.engr. Ccny. Cuny.

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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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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.

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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