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Doctor insights on: Tobacco Vs Cotton

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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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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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What are fire safety concerns for cotton vs synthetic bed clothes?

What are fire safety concerns for cotton vs synthetic bed clothes?

Different: Synthetic clothes of any type will melt when exposed to flame, be they bed clothes or anything else. Natural fabrics tend to not burn as easily, particularly wool fabrics, which are very difficult to burn, if at all. Cotton will burn, but at least will not melt to the skin. ...Read more

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Pipe smoking vs cigar smoking --which is worse for you?

Pipe smoking vs cigar smoking --which is worse for you?

About equal: Depends on whether you inhale the smoke. Pipe tobacco has more tar, but fewer people inhale it, while cigar tobacco has less tar, but is more commonly inhaled. Both are associated with high rates of cancer of the mouth, lips, tongue and throat, but slightly lower rates of heart attack than cigarette smoking, and way less emphysema and bronchitis in those who do not inhale the smoke. ...Read more

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Is pipe tobacco safer than cigarettes?

Is pipe tobacco safer than cigarettes?

Yes: I respect you, i respect truth, and i know that you want to stop using all tobacco. This being said, if you cannot quit smoking cigs, and medication and a good stop-smoking program did not help, you are far less likely to ruin your health (lung cancer, emphysema) smoking a pipe. Smokeless tobacco is addictive like pipe and cigs but the cancer rate is far less (but still real). Please do try 2 quit. ...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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Is fiberglass placement in chewing tobacco a myth?

Is fiberglass placement in chewing tobacco a myth?

Reference to WSJ: Read the article in this weekend's edition of the wall street journal on this subject, . ...Read more

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Does ultra light cigarettes stain teeth less then stronger ones, what about type of tobacco and additives in tobacco?

Does ultra light cigarettes stain teeth less then stronger ones, what about type of tobacco and additives in tobacco?

Not really : Nicotine is what stains the teeth. Studies show that ultra light smokers actually smoke more cigarettes so the teeth receive just as much nicotine. A dental hygienist can remove some stains but over time the nicotine makes it's way into the grooves of the tooth and is hard to remove. This can be worse with smokeless tobacco due to the juices. It's best for your teeth and health to stop smoking. ...Read more

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The difference between just plain cigarettes and smoking tobacco out of a pipe? Any at all?

The difference between just plain cigarettes and smoking tobacco out of a pipe?  Any at all?

Few things: Generally pipe smokers buy loose tobacco so there may be less hidden carcinogens unless you roll your own cigarettes. Pipe smokers may or may not inhale as deeply but can inhale deeper. In general, you ask for trouble with both. ...Read more

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How risky is chewing tobacco in smaller amounts?

How risky is chewing tobacco in smaller amounts?

Can be very serious: Tobacco, even smoking tobacco is a known carcinogen and can cause cancer. There may or may not be less of a risk if you use it infrequently or in smaller amounts, but there is a risk. Why take that chance? I suggest that you stop using it altogether! better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Is smoking out of a tobacco pipe more harmful or addictive then just smoking cigarettes?

Is smoking out of a tobacco pipe more harmful or addictive then just smoking cigarettes?

Probably: The amount of nicotine and chemicals in the bowl of a pipe is many times greater than a cigarette. Don't let the idea of not inhaling fool you. These chemical can be absorbed through the lining on your mouth, nose and throat. QUIT WHILE YOU'RE AHEAD GOOD LUCK ...Read more

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Compare valplast flexible vs. Metal single tooth denture for chewing & hot/cold drinks? Do they have different affects?

Compare valplast flexible vs. Metal single tooth denture for chewing & hot/cold drinks? Do they have different affects?

Hands down!: Replacing a single tooth with a flexible removable is silly, unless you really can't afford anything else and it is a front tooth that shows, or used for a short temporary replacement. A single implant supported crown is the best way to go, hands down! an implant crown will look and feel like your own tooth and last decades or a lifetime. A flexible partial will collect food, be annoying, etc. ...Read more

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