Cigarettes vs Chewing Tobacco

          For a long time there has been a myth that chewing tobacco (or smokeless tobacco) is a safer alternative to get your nicotine fix . We are going to dispel that myth right now.

A survey done in 2004 showed that 3% of Americans used skoal or some type of spit tobacco. This same survey also predicted that this number is likely to increase due to the many restrictions being placed on smoking in public. So if people are going to turn to smokeless tobacco, is it safer? The answer is a resounding NO!!! In fact, if you hold a plug ( a wad of tobacco wedged between your gums and lips or cheek) in place for 30 minutes or longer, you will have absorbed as much nicotine as having smoked 4 cigarettes.

It gets worse than that however because chewing tobacco has up to 28 more cancer producing carcinogens in it. Once such carcinogen that is chewing tobacco specific is nitrosamines. Nitrosamines itself can cause over 3,000 chemicals to react in the body. Smokeless tobacco brands are also offer full of sugar to help mask the foul taste. Constant use can lead to diabetes and tooth decay. Tooth decay can also occur because the chewing tobacco can sometimes have a gritty texture. It wears down your enamel and scratches the soft tissue located inside your mouth. This allows even more nicotine to enter the blood stream, thus leaving you more open to getting nicotine poisoning.

Another thing that you can develop while using chewing tobacco is oral lesions on yourtongue or gums. This happens because the chemicals in the tobacco are eating away at you and receding you gum line. This can allow salt to enter your blood stream and raise your blood pressure levels. This has been attributed as an early cause of kidney disease.

Ah yes, and of course your risk of getting cancer is not lowered in the slightest. It is just the kind of cancer that differs. While your chances of getting lung cancer might decrease, you are 50% more likely to develop some sort of mouth cancer. Your pharynx and esophagus are at a severe risk as well.

To top it all off, users of chewing tobacco are forced to spit. Spit on the ground, spit in public, spit spit spit everywhere. This spreads their germs around to everyone like second hand smoke, and quite frankly is repulsive.

So there you have it folks. This is not to judge, if you use chewing tobacco rather than cigarettes or electronic cigarettes I say more power to you. Just don’t try to tell me that it is a safer alternative to smoking, because it is not even close 😉


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