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Hi docs, can you tell me if smokeless tobacco are safer then pipes, cigerettes and cigars?

To some extent. in that they are not breathed into the lungs and thus are not a cause of lung cancer, or several of the other cancers where systemic effects of smoked tobacco occur. They are also not associated with chronic bronchitis or emphysema. However, they ARE highly associated with nicotine dependency, mouth and throat cancer, gum disease and dental problems. Read more...

Doctors, what are the health risks of smokeless tobacco?

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...

What is the best smokeless tobacco/dip that does the least amount of harm to your health?

There aren't any. There is no data that any one form of tobacco is any safer than any other form. In theory, tobacco with the lowest nicotine content and the lowest amount of "tars" (the organic compounds that contribute to cancer and other problems) would be the safest, but those would also be the least addicting, so companies would have a hard time selling them. I know of no product that is safer than any other. Read more...

How can smokeless tobacco effect your mental health?

It varies. In many people, beyond the known cancer risks, smokeless tobacco doesn't affect one's psyche. On the other hand i've seen patients with marked mood instability that goes away when they stop 'dipping'. Read more...

What are the negative health effects on the baby from the pregnant woman using smokeless tobacco?

Low birth weight. Using smokeless tobacco causes babies not to grow as well, and to be more likely to deliver prematurely. Also, there are significant risks to you, like cancers of the mouth, lips and esophagus, cancers of the kidney and pancreas, tooth decay and gum disease. Pregnant or not, try to stop using tobacco at all! Read more...

Is it actually true that ciggarettes or smokeless tobacco will show up on a probation drug test?

No. Probation tests involve testing for illicit substances, in which category tobacco does not fall. Unless there was a judicial order that you not smoke, there is little or no likelihood that they would be even testing for cotinine, the metabolite in urine, or care about it. In minors, some juvenile authorities might be interested, since it is not legal to sell cigarettes to people under 18. Read more...