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Smokeless Tobacco (cont.)

What are the health risks of chewing tobacco?

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Studies have shown that the use of chewing tobacco increases the risk of developing a number of health problems and even potentially fatal conditions; including:

  • cancers of the oral cavity (including cancers of the cheek, gums, lips, tongue, and floor and roof of the mouth);
  • gingivitis and gum disease;
  • tooth decay and loss; and
  • leukoplakia (whitish patches inside the mouth that have the potential to become cancerous)

Some reports show an increased risk for cancer of the esophagus, pancreas, and stomach.

Some research studies have shown an association between chewing tobacco use and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (such as heart attacks and stroke). These risks do not seem to be as great as those of cigarette smokers. Further research is underway to determine whether or not chewing tobacco use presents a significant risk of heart disease and stroke.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/11/2016

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The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Chewing Tobacco (Smokeless Tobacco):

Chewing Tobacco - Experience

Please share your experience with chewing tobacco, for example, how long have you been using tobacco, have you tried to quit, etc.?

Chewing Tobacco - Health Risks

Have you suffered any complications from chewing tobacco?

Smokeless Tobacco - Reducing Tobacco Use

What steps have you taken to reduce your use of smokeless tobacco?

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