Do you Use Smokeless Tobacco Products?

October 13, 2015

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Do You Use Smokeless Tobacco Products?
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Here Are Some Facts That Might Help You Kick the Habit For Good

It’s not like you are lighting up a cigarette. Since you aren’t breathing in smoke, moist snuff or “dip” is not harming your health, right?  Wrong.

Three percent of American adults are smokeless tobacco users. They run the same risks of gum disease, heart disease, and addiction as cigarette users, but an even greater risk for oral cancer. Smokeless tobacco is not an effective way to quit smoking.  However, there are alternatives to kick the habit, including gum, patches, and even hypnosis.

Are electronic cigarettes a safe way to quit smoking?

So far, there is not enough evidence to support the use of these products. Long-term health issues are still not known. “A study done by the FDA found cancer-causing substances in half the e-cigarettes tested. Other impurities were also found, including one sample with diethylene glycol, a toxic ingredient found in antifreeze.”  E-Cigs also contain nicotine that is an extremely addictive drug. Withdrawal from nicotine can cause irritability, anxiety, depresses mood, trouble eating, and difficulty concentrating.  For you smokeless tobacco users, rethink your health choices.  It may take several tries until you overcome this deadly killer, but it is possible. 

The following facts are from the Truth campaign:

  1. In just one year, about 31,000 kids lost their fathers to tobacco-related disease in the United States.
  2. Some, but not all, e-cigarette vapors have been found to contain formaldehyde, which is used to preserve dead animals.
  3. In the United States, tobacco kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicide, drugs, and fire combined. 
  4. Every 6 seconds someone dies from a smoking-related disease.
  5. 96.56 million pounds of moist snuff were sold in 2011--more than the combined sales of all of the other types of smokeless tobacco. Moist snuff also continued to receive the most advertising and promotional support from smokeless tobacco companies.

Ultimately, don’t substitute a bad habit for another one.  Quit tobacco use today.

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