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Is Chewing Tobacco Worse for You than Smoking


Is chewing tobacco worse for you than smoking? That's a question many people ask when searching for an alternative to smoking cigarettes and cigars. Learn about the health risks associated with both smoking and chewing tobacco, and then decide for yourself if you really want to do either. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Is Chewing Tobacco Worse for You than Smoking

Is Chewing Tobacco Worse for You than Smoking
Smoking Tobacco The Health Risks
Smoking tobacco is widely known to contribute to
health risks, many of which can be fatal. Risks
arising from smoking tobacco include
  • Absorption of dangerous toxins - When smoked,
    tobacco releases approximately 400 toxins into
    the blood stream.
  • Production of tar - The tar produced from a lit
    cigarette is a carcinogen and is known to create
    a high risk of cancer to those who smoke.
  • Nicotine addiction - Smoking cigarettes creates
    an unavoidable addiction for the user that makes
    it increasingly difficult to give up the longer
    cigarettes are used.

  • Cholesterol effects - Nicotine is also known to
    have detrimental effects on the body's
    cholesterol levels. Over time, a rise in
    cholesterol significantly contributes to heart
    disease. In the smoker, even after giving up, the
    effects can take years to return to normal if at
    all possible.
  • Carbon Monoxide - The presence of carbon monoxide
    in the cigarette tar adversely affects the oxygen
    supply in the blood stream.
  • Cancer - People who smoke are particularly
    susceptible to mouth/throat cancer and lung
    cancer along with many other cancers directly
    linked to smokers.
  • Skin damage - Due to the poor blood supply,
    particularly to small blood capillaries, smoking
    can cause irreparable harm to the skin and

  • Chronic Lung Disease - Long term smoking is known
    to cause chronic lung conditions such as chronic
    obstructive airway disease (COPD), otherwise
    known as emphysema. This lung damage is
    irreversible and not necessarily associated with
    smokers in their senior years. For those with
    existing an lung problem such as asthma and
    bronchitis, smoking causes exacerbation of the
    symptoms and gives rise to frequent coughs and
    chest infections.
  • Dental and oral damage - The nicotine from
    smoking stains the teeth and gums.
  • Fertility problems - Couples trying to conceive
    may experience fertility issues if one or both
    partners is a tobacco smoker.

Chewing Tobacco The Health Risks
The use of chewing tobacco is wide spread and
often wrongly used as a perceived "healthier
alternative" to smoking tobacco. The following
list includes well-documented harmful effects of
chewing tobacco.
  • Addiction - As with smoking tobacco, there is a
    major factor relating to addiction. Becoming
    addicted to the nicotine component is
    unavoidable, and this poses major problems for
    people trying to abstain.
  • Dental harm - Due to the direct contact of the
    chewing tobacco with the mouth and teeth, the
    effects of the nicotine lead to gum disease over
    time. Chewing tobacco contains a high sugar
    content and, just as with eating too many sweets,
    tooth decay can become a huge problem with
    prolonged use.

  • Heart problems - The use of chewing tobacco
    contributes to an elevated blood pressure and
    heart rate. A risk in cholesterol levels is
    another known hazard.
  • Pre-cancerous mouth sores - With prolonged use of
    chewing tobacco comes the likelihood of
    "leukoplakia". These are small white patches on
    the inside of the oral cavity. These areas are
    believed pre-cancerous with a strong likelihood
    of developing into true cancer over time. Oral
    cancer can be extensive in people who use chewing
    tobacco, and facial disfigurement can be a
    secondary issue following necessary surgery to
    remove cancers that are present.

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