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Smokeless Tobacco Does Not Reduce Toxin Exposure

With countless studies all supporting a very strong link between smoking and the development of lung and other forms of cancer, many tobacco users opt against lighting up. Smokeless tobacco, they reason, doesn’t involve the inhalation of toxins into the lungs, so it must be better. That reasoning, however, doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. While the lungs may be spared from smoke inhalation courtesy of smokeless tobacco use, the overall exposure to nicotine and toxins actually goes up.

A recent study concluded that smokeless tobacco users experience a greater exposure to carcinogenic nitrosamines than their cigarette-smoking counterparts. Distribution of nicotine is also higher in smokeless tobacco.
The bottom line is that any form of tobacco use presents with a sharply increased chance of cancer development. While smokeless tobacco users may not increase odds for lung cancer, they are much more likely to develop mouth, throat and esophageal cancer, among others.

Tobacco users in general can greatly reduce their cancer risks by kicking this habit once and for all. Medical professionals have developed cessation programs, medications and a variety of other tools that can help smokers and smokeless tobacco users walk away from the habit for good. Since both forms of tobacco addiction may create psychological and physical dependences, it is often recommended that would-be quitters take a multifaceted approach to quitting. Step-down nicotine replacement therapy combined with other efforts, for example, can be highly useful in both cases.

To find out more about the dangers of tobacco and the reasons to embark on a journey to quit, speak with a qualified healthcare provider. Tobacco users will find there are lots of resources available to help them walk away from the habit for good. While doing so isn’t a guarantee for improved health, it can greatly stack the odds in a former tobacco user’s favor.

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