05 February 2010

Are smokeless tobacco products better than smoking?

No. The risk of lung cancer is less, but smokeless tobacco is still associated with many serious health problems. The amount of nicotine absorbed from smokeless tobacco products i.e. chewing tobacco and snuff is usually more than that from a cigarette. Overall, you receive about the same amount of nicotine as regular smokers. The most harmful cancer-causing substances in smokeless tobacco are tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), which have been found at levels 100 times higher than the nitrosamines permitted in certain foods like beer and bacon.


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