As the usual norm, smokeless tobacco is supposed to be safe and a better alternative to the so called ‘smoke’ tobacco- the cigarettes, pipe, etc but actually it is not. Smokeless tobacco is equally harmful as its brother – the cigarettes. The tobacco companies named it ‘smokeless’ to make it sound harmless and safe, which they aren’t. Tobacco in any form, be it snuff, dip, chew or cigarettes, contain nicotine which is very harmful.
Nicotine is addictive, causes dependence and also can cause cancer. National Cancer Institute recognizes that all tobacco products including smokeless tobacco contain nitrosamines which are not safe at any level. It can cause problems like oral ulcers, gum recession, caries, red and white patches on the inner side of the cheek which are precancerous in nature, oral cancer, pharyngeal cancer, laryngeal cancer, esophageal cancer, accelerated coronary disease, stroke, deteriorates your appetite, attention capacity, increases complications in hypertension, diabetes and heart diseases, delayed wound healing, peptic ulcer disease, and last not the least reproductive or prenatal disorders( low birth weight, prematurity, spontaneous abortion).
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