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Wrinkles Inside The Cheek From 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
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. ...Read more
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
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
Tobacco is tobacco: There is no safe, healthy form of tobacco. ...Read more
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.. ...Read more
Smokeless tobac&SIDS: Yes that is true.Get a more detailed answer ›
No one knows: A minimal amount so assume any puts you at risk for disease. ...Read more
Depends :): You need to defind "bad" first. I do not think it is equivalent to "passively using". Will you like the smell? - personal preferences. Is it a good person? - well, pleople use tobacco for differerent reasons... Tell me more about your concern. ...Read more
Years: Likely years. Still a bad habit. See oral surgeon or ENT doc with any symptoms. ...Read more
No: Not particularly. The effects of sudden tobacco cessation - irritability, anxiety, craving - would not be effected by a relatively weak opioid drug like tramadol. This drug also has mild antidepressant-like effects, but that is not likely to help much either. Cold turkey cessation has the lowest success rates of all the means of stopping, and I do not recommend it. Seek help and a support system. ...Read more
You can't: My friend, that's like asking..."if I don't wear my seatbelt, when will I die in a car accident? " it might be tomorrow, it might be 10 years, it might never happen. ...But is it really worth it? Come on....Quit the chew, and buckle-up too. ...Read more
I'm a smokeless tobacco user trying to quit, what are the effects on my heart from smokeless tobacco use?
I did smokeless tobacco dip for 5 years. I quit in October 2012. Am I still likely to get oral cancer? I worry everyday since I quit.
Used smokeless tobacco on and off and quit about 4 years ago. I had a blue dye oral test with no pre cancer. How concerned should I be from here on?
You're fine: Smokeless tobacco is much less dangerous than inhaled tobacco, but I am glad that you are now tobacco-free. Have your dentist keep an eye on your mouth and biopsy any lesions that may show up; in case they do, early treatment makes it very unlikely there will be a bad outcome. ...Read more
Absolutely: Whether you smoke or chew, you get tobacco chemicals in your mouth, and absorbed in your body. It depends on the test, as far as how long it will show positive for the test - saliva or blood or urine (or even hair). Want to pass the test? No tobacco, which is the healthiest choice for you! ...Read more
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
Yes it does: Lets accept that tobacco is a poison for the human body and stop using it. You will feel better, stronger and look healthier! This is a good time to quit using it. ...Read more
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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