Greg, both smoking and "smokeless" tobacco
(snuff and chewing tobacco) increase the risk of developing cancer in the mouth
and/or throat. All forms of smoking are linked to these cancers, including
cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. Tobacco smoke can cause cancer anywhere in the
mouth and throat as well as in the lungs, the bladder, and many other organs in
the body. Pipe smoking is particularly linked with lesions of the lips, where
the pipe comes in direct contact with the tissue. Smokeless tobacco (chewing
tobacco and snuff) is linked with cancers of the cheeks, gums, and inner
surface of the lips. Cancers caused by smokeless tobacco use often begin as
leukoplakia or erythroplakia. (MCH).
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