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Smokeless tobacco contains 28 different chemicals (carcinogens) that can cause cancer. It contain more of nicotine than smoked tobacco products which makes it highly addictive as cigarettes. When a smoker chews tobacco in it smokeless form, he absorbs four times as much nicotine as he would from smoking a cigarette. Sucking and chewing smokeless tobacco allows nicotine to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the tissues in the smoker's mouth and it stays there for longer time.
Health problems related to smokeless tobacco:
*. Tooth decay: Chewing tobacco and other forms of smokeless tobacco causes tooth decay. This is because chewing tobacco contains high amounts of sugar and contributes to dental caries.
*. Damage gums: Smokeless tobacco causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and also causes gum disease (gingivitis).
*. Tooth discoloration: It makes the teeth yellowish, black or brownish in colour.
*. Bad breath: No matter how much you brush or flush, bad breath will always emanate from the body as long as you use tobacco.
*. Tooth abrasion: It can destroys the enamel.
*. Cancer: It increases the risk of certain types of cancer (pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, larynx, stomach and other types of oral cancer, including cancer of the mouth and throat).
*. Heart disease: Smokeless tobacco increases the heart rate and blood pressure. This can result to heart disease and stroke which may eventually lead to death.
To sum up, smokeless tobacco should never be considered a safe substitute for cigarettes. It does not and can never help smokers quit smoking. The addictive nature of tobacco ensures that the smoker is trapped in the habit. Remember smokers are liable to die young. This entails whether you used smoked tobacco or smokeless tobacco.