Smokeless Tobacco Facts

Smokeless tobacco facts that follows reveal little talked about let alone known truths about smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco use can not be underestimated. It is in fact a significant part of the global tobacco problem.

By definition smokeless tobacco relates to tobacco products without combustion or pyrolysis during use. Pyrolys refers to the transformation of a substance produced by the action of heat. Popular examples of smokeless tobacco are chewing tobacco and tobacco snuff. Smokeless tobacco is also known as spit tobacco as it involves a lot of spitting. Swallowing the juices is harmful to health.

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The following are key smokeless tobacco facts

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  • Smokeless tobacco is most common amongst adults 18-25 in the United States.
  • Over 7.6 million Americans 12 years and old have used it at least once.
  • Of the estimated 10 million users 3 million are below 21.
  • Smokeless tobacco has a long history of use in India, Africa and Asia.
  • Smokeless tobacco users increase risk for oral cavity cancer such as chick and gum.
  • Studies are underway for the possible increased risk of other cancers through smokeless tobacco.
  • Smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes.
  • Nicotine is the major ingredient in Smokeless tobacco products.
  • Experimentation with smokeless tobacco often leads to a pattern of regular use.
  • As it is for smoking tobacco, cessation for smokeless tobacco is hard.
  • Smokeless tobacco users who also use smoking tobacco find it very difficult to quit than those who use any one of them.
  • Smokeless tobacco use prevalence is higher in South Asia than any other part of the world.
  • Smokeless tobacco has been associated with the development of pancreatic cancer.
  • Smokeless tobacco results in stained teeth due to tobacco juices as showing in these dreadful chewing tobacco pictures

More smokeless tobacco facts

  • Oral use of smokeless tobacco is by far the most popular. Nasal use is very limited.
  • Many of the products on the market have not been studied for ingredients and health effects.
  • Tobacco companies use smokeless tobacco products with labels "light" or "sweetened". These initiate people into smokeless tobacco.
  • Some studies have shown no significant risk of oral cancer caused by using smokeless tobacco.
  • Smokeless tobacco use by pregnant women may result in low birth weight.
  • Youth are at higher risk of being initiated into smokeless tobacco use.
  • Some teen tobacco users prefer smokeless tobacco because it is easier to conceal.
  • The designation of smokeless tobacco products as harm reducing agents promotes a false safety perception amongst users.
  • Most countries lack a regulatory frame-work of smokeless tobacco.
  • India has classified some smokeless tobacco products as food items as they are consumed orally.
  • Sugar in spit tobacco causes tooth decay in exposed tooth roots.
  • Smokeless tobacco causes gums to pull away from the teeth in the place where the tobacco is gripped. The gums remain puled back for life.
  • Leather like white patches and red sores are common in smokeless tobacco users and may turn cancerous.

More smokeless tobacco facts: Oral cancer look-outs and tell-tell signs

  • Feeling like there is something in plugged in your throat.
  • A mouth sore that does not seem to heal
  • Problematic chewing
  • Difficulty or limited tongue or jaw movement
  • A lump in the mouth or white patch in the place were tobacco is held.

A final note: Amongst a least of brands Kodiak Wintergreen has the highest level of nicotine. Hawken Wintergreen has the lowest level. It does not follow that it is safer.


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