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Don’t be confused – No smoke doesn’t mean no risk!

Regardless of what some may  claim, smokeless tobacco products, including chew, snus and dissolvable tobacco products, are still dangerous, addictive products. Oftentimes, these products are masked by the sweet smell and taste of candy and fruit flavors – a deceitful tactic of the tobacco industry. Tobacco comes in all different forms now, and many emerging products may not look, smell, or taste like tobacco. Regardless, these products are still tobacco products, and they can’t escape this list of health risks:

 

Harmful chemicals: There are at least 28 harmful chemicals found in smokeless tobacco products.  One of the most dangerous chemicals, nitrosamines (used in the manufacturing process) are known carcinogens.  Many of these chemicals stay in the body for extended periods of time, and can have serious impacts on the developing minds and bodies.

 

Increased risk of cancer: Smokeless tobacco has been linked to oral cancer, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer.  In addition to nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic, other cancer-causing substances found in smokeless tobacco products include polonium-210 (a radioactive element found in tobacco fertilizer), and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (potent atmospheric pollutants). Since smokeless tobacco use at an early age provides more time for youths to develop various types of cancer from these carcinogens, it is especially important to prevent addiction at an early age.

 

Increased chance of other diseases: Smokeless tobacco has been linked to many other conditions and diseases, not just cancer.  Gum disease and oral lesions are often a result of tobacco products that are placed directly in the mouth, such as chewing tobacco.  In addition, studies have shown that heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, is often linked to tobacco use.

 

Addiction: Tobacco products, even smokeless tobacco products, contain highly-addictive nicotine. Tobacco companies are pressuring our youth to try these emerging tobacco products, knowing that they could potentially become life-long consumers.

 

Sources:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Tobacco/smokeless
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/ProtectingKidsfromTobacco/FlavoredTobacco/ucm183198.htm

One Response to “Don’t be confused – No smoke doesn’t mean no risk!”
  • This stuff is for real, and tobacco companies are playing with fire when they release the sweet tasting products. These products should be pulled off the shelves immediately to prevent young people from experimenting and becoming addicted to candy-flavored tobacco products. Thanks for this great post!

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