Smokeless tobacco is a deadly killer in its own right.
Spit tobacco (a.k.a. smokeless tobacco, dip, snuff, chew, and chewing tobacco) contains ingredients that can cause serious health problems. Users can suffer from periodontal (gum) disease, cavities (tooth decay), leukoplakia (white patches and oral lesions which can lead to oral cancer), and are at greater risk for oral, throat, stomach and pancreatic cancer.
The nicotine content in a can of dip or snuff is approximately 144 milligrams, which is equal to about 80 cigarettes. In other words, one can of snuff or dip equals about four packs of cigarettes. Nicotine addiction is a serious physiological health issue that drives users to continue using, despite considerable risks (such as cancer), and makes spit tobacco a very difficult habit to quit.
Quitting the use of tobacco (nicotine) can be harder than quitting use of heroin or cocaine. With regular use of chew or spit, levels of nicotine accumulate in the body and you are exposed to the effects of nicotine 24 hours-a-day. Did you know that most snuff tobacco contains the highest levels of nicotine of all spit tobacco? Most spit tobacco has higher nicotine levels per package than cigarettes. One can of Copenhagen contains as much nicotine as three packs of cigarettes. The nicotine in spit tobacco is easily absorbed through the tissues of the mouth.
(1 can Skoal = 4 packs of cigarettes)
The dissolvable products - a pellet (Camel Orbs), a twisted stick the size of a toothpick (Camel Sticks), and a film strip for the tongue (Camel Strips), are made from finely ground flavored tobacco. The products melt in the mouth within three to thirty minutes. RJR said the Strips melt the fastest, the toothpick-like Sticks dissolve in about ten minutes, and the pellet-size Orbs last the longest.
The nicotine delivery of the products is said to be high: whereas a cigarette smoker typically takes in about 1 milligram of nicotine, the Camel Dissolvables are said to deliver about 0.6 to 3.1 mg of nicotine each.
R.J. Reynolds released Camel Orbs in the Selected Cities: at Super Speedway in Columbus, OH and Indianapolis, IN and the Plaid Pantry in Portland, OR.
These products are another reason why state officials should continue to fund stop-smoking programs instead of diverting the money elsewhere as the health risks of the products are not known.
Did you know that most snuff tobacco contains the highest levels of nicotine of all spit tobacco? The nicotine content in a can of dip or snuff is approximately 144 milligrams, which is equal to about 80 cigarettes.
Most spit tobacco has higher nicotine levels per package than cigarettes. One can of Copenhagen contains as much nicotine as 3 packs of cigarettes.
Nicotine addiction is a serious physiological health issue that drives users to continue using, despite considerable risks (such as cancer), and makes spit tobacco a very difficult habit to quit.
Smokeless tobacco actually is a stimulant and causes depression upon withdrawal.
Actually, once someone who chews becomes addicted to nicotine, they frequently will begin smoking since it has fewer social restrictions.
Hundreds of poisons and many carcinogens are in smokeless tobacco.
The same addictive nicotine that is in cigarettes is the same addictive nicotine that is in smokeless tobacco. If you chew, you are playing with a chemical that is just as addictive as cocaine or heroin!
Mar 5, 2009
A report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests that between 2002 and 2007, smokeless tobacco use among adolescent boys increased 30 percent, Reuters reports.
Based on data collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, use of smokeless tobacco among boys ages 12 to 17 increased from 3.4 percent in 2002 to 4.4 percent in 2007, representing 566,000 new users.
Smokeless tobacco use was most common among adolescent boys living in rural areas of the country and among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The data also reveals that 85.8 percent of adolescents who had used smokeless tobacco products in the past month had also used cigarettes at some point in their lives, with 38.8 percent reporting cigarette use during the past month.
The researchers note that the spike in smokeless tobacco use correlates with an uptick in spending and marketing of new products by smokeless tobacco companies. Anti-tobacco advocates say the findings lend further support to a measure being debated in the U.S. legislature that would grant the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products.
(Dunham, Reuters, 3/5/09; U.S Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration release, 3/5/09; National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, 3/5/09).
National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report