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What's the side effects of using chewing tobacco, is it dangerous?

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Dr. Robert Stuart
Family Medicine
13 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Chewing tobacco use causes many problems.
It especially increases the risk of cancers of the lips and mouth/throat as well as increased risk of cancers of the digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, etc.) in addition it causes gum disease and tooth loss. If you think dentures are attractive, keep it up!

In brief: Yes

Chewing tobacco use causes many problems.
It especially increases the risk of cancers of the lips and mouth/throat as well as increased risk of cancers of the digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, etc.) in addition it causes gum disease and tooth loss. If you think dentures are attractive, keep it up!
Dr. Robert Stuart
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
oral, laryngeal cancer are not fun. Surgery may save your life, but they could be quite involved requiring multiple surgery, muscle/skin graft and residual disfugurement that could be so difficult to manage mentally. You may need tracheostomy, or you may not be able to speak. That is quite challenging. Not fun.
Dr. Karl Spector
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 2 words: oral cancer

Chewing tobacco has been definitively linked with increasing a person's incidence of developing oral or mouth cancer.
It can be fatal in some cases and, at a minimum, extremely disfiguring if surgery is required. Most physicians feel the same way: just stay away from tobacco all together and you won't have to worry about any of it's risks! very simple, right?

In brief: 2 words: oral cancer

Chewing tobacco has been definitively linked with increasing a person's incidence of developing oral or mouth cancer.
It can be fatal in some cases and, at a minimum, extremely disfiguring if surgery is required. Most physicians feel the same way: just stay away from tobacco all together and you won't have to worry about any of it's risks! very simple, right?
Dr. Karl Spector
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Dr. Avner Aliphas
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes it is dangerous

Any kind of tobacco places you at increased risk for head and neck cancer including chewing tobacco.
The risk of head and neck cancer increases even more if this is combined with long term alcohol abuse.

In brief: Yes it is dangerous

Any kind of tobacco places you at increased risk for head and neck cancer including chewing tobacco.
The risk of head and neck cancer increases even more if this is combined with long term alcohol abuse.
Dr. Avner Aliphas
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Dr. Peter Ihle
also nicotine from this source only protects Ur lungs. all other side effects from smoking R the same, but as Dr. A states U have traded lungs 4 horrendous local effects. U still have healing problems, bone loss, cardiac implications, skin changes & the list goes on........
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cancer

It's just as bad as smoking, except it can give you mouth and throat cancer.
Baseball hall-of-famer tony gwynn just had repeat surgery on his jaw for cancer. He spoke about the recovery process, disability, etc. Look it up. Oral cancers are not pretty as the resection is often much larger than the visible tumor.

In brief: Cancer

It's just as bad as smoking, except it can give you mouth and throat cancer.
Baseball hall-of-famer tony gwynn just had repeat surgery on his jaw for cancer. He spoke about the recovery process, disability, etc. Look it up. Oral cancers are not pretty as the resection is often much larger than the visible tumor.
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Oral cancers

Few people develop oral leukoplakia ( a precursor to oral cancer) or oral cancers (tongue, gums, throat, etc) unless they use tobacco - specifically chewing / smokeless tobaccos.
Although cigars and cigarettes also increase those risks as well as the risk for lung cancer.

In brief: Oral cancers

Few people develop oral leukoplakia ( a precursor to oral cancer) or oral cancers (tongue, gums, throat, etc) unless they use tobacco - specifically chewing / smokeless tobaccos.
Although cigars and cigarettes also increase those risks as well as the risk for lung cancer.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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