Chewing Tobacco (Smokeless Tobacco)
Chewing Tobacco (Smokeless Tobacco) Quick Overview
- Smokeless tobacco is sometimes
known as chewing tobacco or spitting tobacco. It is held in the mouth
between the cheeks and gums instead of being smoked.
- Snuff and chewing tobacco are the
main forms of smokeless tobacco. Snus is a form of finely ground snuff that
originated in Norway and Sweden.
- Snuff and chewing tobacco are
commonly sold in tins or pouches under brand names like Copenhagen or Skoal.
- Like smoking, the use of smokeless
tobacco is associated with a number of health risks, including cancer.
- Snuff and chewing tobacco contain
at least 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens).
- The main carcinogens in smokeless
tobacco are called tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs).
- Chewing tobacco and snuff contain
nicotine, which causes addiction.
- Although nicotine is absorbed more
slowly from smokeless tobacco than from cigarettes, 3 to 4 times more
nicotine is absorbed from smokeless tobacco than from a cigarette.
- The nicotine from smokeless tobacco
stays longer in the bloodstream than nicotine from a cigarette.
- Smokeless tobacco is used worldwide
in a number of different cultures.
- Smokeless tobacco is not the same
thing as e-cigarettes, which are designed to provide nicotine in vapor form
without burning tobacco.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/17/2017
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