Can you get cardiovascular disease from smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco?

Absolutely. One of the strongest risk factors for cardiovascular disease is smoking. It causes both the blood vessels to the heart as well as those to the rest of the body to become narrowed and diseased. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to extend your life. Chewing tobacco carries less of a risk than smoking, but studies show health risks with heart attacks as well.

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Is dipping/chewing tobacco worse than smoking tobacco? It seems like "chewers" develop cancer in their 40s (babe ruth) where as smokers in their 60s

Both are bad for you. You are right as to when their cancers might show up, but in either case, there's involvement of tongue, mouth, throat or in smoking, the lungs.Also secondary effects can be bladder cancer, other cancers as the toxic substances still need to be cleared from the body.Your best bet is to stop & see how you can replace this habit with a healthy one.Then, you will be going down a healthy path instead. Read more...

Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Yes. You can get lung cancer from smoking anything. Tobacco, marijuana, herbs, etc. Inhaling the ash and smoke contains potent carcinogens that increase your risk. Stop smoking to improve your health! Read more...
Yes. While the majority of research is on inhaled tobacco and to a far lesser degree marijuana, what we have learned is that in general, inhaling any products of combustion may be associated with pathologic changes and development of malignancy. Read more...
Yes. Smoke is an irritant to the lining of the lungs, causing the body to react and "defend" against the irritation and try to remove the smoke particles. Some smoke compounds are known to cause cells to become cancerous. Read more...

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...

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...

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

Both are harmful. Cigaretts are more harmful because the wrapping paper is more harmful. Tobacco in both is the same. Cut both of them out. Quit. Read more...
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...

Are there any health benefits to smoking cigarettes or pipe tobacco?

Nope, none. No known health benefits to using tobacco in any form. Read more...
Nope. There are simply no good effects to your body from smoking! It ravages your bones, your lungs, your skin, and makes every cell in your body more likely to become cancerous! Sorry, there is just no way to sugar coat this! I do like that you are on Healthtap ASKING the question however, which says to me you are taking an active role in your health. This is the first step! Read more...