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Are electronic cigarettes safe to use to quit smoking?

Are electronic cigarettes safe to use to quit smoking?

No one knows: To my knowledge and review of this topic, no one knows since no one had done a controlled clinical trial of these products. If you use them and do not smoke, it seems intuitive it "might" help a person, but doctors cannot recommend them legally since we just do not know from accurate research data if they are safe. Would stink if in 5 years we learn they cause more heart attacks than cholesterol. ...Read more

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What's the rik of using smokeless tobacco?

What's the rik of using smokeless tobacco?

Cancer and more: 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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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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Can smoking tobacco help prevent cancer?

Can smoking tobacco help prevent cancer?

Smoking or: Chewing tobacco has no benefit, has costs, and have scientific evidence proving that it causes cancer and other health related effects. An extremly bad idea, do not do it. ...Read more

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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! ...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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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. ...Read more

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Effects of chewing tobacco compared to smoking?

Effects of chewing tobacco compared to smoking?

Smoking Cessation: #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

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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. ...Read more

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Are electronic cigarettes without tobacco or nicotine safe?

Are electronic cigarettes without tobacco or nicotine safe?

Safer versus Safe: I think that they are safer than regular cigarettes although nicotine vapor may cause its own health issues. There urgently needs to be more studies on this as I have seen people using these devices everywhere! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do alcohol and tobacco increase cancer risk?

Do alcohol and tobacco increase cancer risk?

Absolutely: Both are well established risk factors for many types of cancers. ...Read more

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Are menthol cigarettes safer to use than regular cigarettes?

Are menthol cigarettes safer to use than regular cigarettes?

Menthol cigarettes: Are cigarettes and all cigarettes are down right terrible for your health. If you can quit smoking, you'll reduce your risk of Lung CA, cardiovascular dz, including heart attack and stroke, multiple other cancers, emphysema ... And the list goes on ... not to mention have whiter teeth, smell better, and spend less on cigs. Talk to your doc about help available for quitting. There are many options! ...Read more

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Need to know is tobacco free chewing tobacco safe?

Need to know is tobacco free chewing tobacco safe?

Probably, but ??: If it doesn't contain tobacco, it is undoubtedly safer in terms of not producing nicotine addiction and less likelihood of mouth and throat cancer. However, the ingredients in these things are trade secrets, and nobody really knows everything that is in them other than the manufacturer, and they don't have to tell usually. Look for ingredients on label and look each of them up. ...Read more

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Do the risks of getting oral cancer increase for dip users or cigar smokers?

Yes: Oral tobacco (dip, snuff, chewing) and cigar smoking (or chomping) are risk factors for mouth, tongue, and throat cancer. More use = more risk, especially with regular use of alcohol. Would be best to quit.... If not, at least switch where you put oral tobacco, to minimize irritation in one specific spot in your mouth. ...Read more

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Can chewing tobacco help prevent cancer?

Can chewing tobacco help prevent cancer?

NO!: There is no safe form of tobacco. At least 28 chemicals in smokeless tobacco have been found to cause cancer. Smokeless tobacco causes oral cancer, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer but also heart disease, gum disease, and oral lesions other than cancer, such as leukoplakia (precancerous white patches in the mouth). Do yourself an enormous favor and do not use tobacco in any form. ...Read more

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Using e-cigarettes to get over chewing tobacco habit--are there any known health risks for e-cigs? Is nicotine in itself harmful to the brai

Using e-cigarettes to get over chewing tobacco habit--are there any known health risks for e-cigs? Is nicotine in itself  harmful to the brai

Not good: E-cigs are not regulated, and some have been found to contain carcinogens and toxins (such as formaldehyde) when tested. Many are produced overseas and are an unknown risk to your health. That being said cigarettes are not good either. I would advise seeing a doctor to try a medication like chantix. The body contains nicotine receptors, and should not be harmful to the brain. ...Read more

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Are portable vaporizers safer to use to smoke marijuana?

Are portable vaporizers safer to use to smoke marijuana?

Yes: Vaporizing marijuana releases the medicinally active cannabinoids without burning the plant releasing toxic byproducts of combustion that can be respiratory irritants. See http://www.Canorml.Org/health/vaporizers and http://www.Recoverytoday.Net/articles/457-marijuana-vaporization. ...Read more

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