Q: Is chewing tobacco as bad as smoking?
My grandfather and uncles all chew tobacco. They
seem to think that it is safer than smoking cigarettes and that there
of getting mouth or lung cancer from it. Is this true?
Dr Khalid says
Chewing tobacco is clearly harmful to a person’s
health. Nicotine is found in chewing tobacco just as in cigarettes.
It is the addictive
substance which makes giving up the habit quite difficult. Because
chewing tobacco is left in the mouth for long periods, a person may
nicotine than a smoker does.
This leafy tobacco which includes sugars,
flavourings and scents also has hundreds of toxic chemicals which
are extremely harmful to the body.
Nicotine, polonium, cancer-causing carcinogens and formaldehyde
are just some of the ingredients. The main health problems associated
with chewing tobacco are cancers of the mouth, trachea and nose,
serious teeth and gum problems. Oral cancers are known to develop
and spread quickly, and are hard to treat because of their location.
should inform your family members about the potential risks of their
habit and advise them to try and stop. Help is at hand through support
groups such as QUIT or Give Up Smoking.
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