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Smokeless Tobacco Not A Safer Option, Research Finds

Tobacco use of any kind greatly enhances a person’s risk for contracting cancer and a host of other potentially fatal diseases. Smokeless tobacco users, however, actually open themselves up to a higher level of nicotine and carcinogenic exposure than those who light up.

Those are the findings of a recent study that dove into the potential toxins found in both smokeless and cigarette-based tobaccos. Researchers found that people who use smokeless tobacco exclusively are opening the door to greater concentrations of toxins, including nicotine, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and lead. While concentrations were higher in smokeless tobacco, the fact does remain that these toxins are also associated with cigarette use, as well.
People who use tobacco of any kind open themselves up for a host of life-limiting conditions. For smokeless tobacco users, some of the most common complaints include mouth and throat cancers. Smokers will find their risk is high for lung cancer, throat cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and a variety of other potentially fatal conditions.

Considering the toxins found in smokeless and smoke-based tobaccos, it is strongly recommended that people who use these products take steps to quit. Medical professionals have a variety of tools at their disposal to assist people in kicking the habit whether they use smokeless products or light up on a regular basis. Since tobacco use is also often associated with psychological addiction in addition to a physical one, the path toward quitting may also require some support on this front, as well.

People who smoke or partake in smokeless tobacco use are urged to talk to their doctors about options available to help them quit. Doing so can greatly reduce the risk of a variety of serious health conditions. Quitting isn’t easy, but there is help available to make the process less difficult. As the research shows, there isn’t a “safer” option when it comes to tobacco use.

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