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Health Tips for July 28

Posted Jul 28 2011 12:00am
Health Tip: Smokeless Tobacco Isn't a Safe Alternative

Some people may think smokeless tobacco is a safer alternative to cigarettes, but experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to nip that idea in the bud.

The CDC mentions these health issues that can stem from smokeless tobacco use
  • Cancer, notably oral cancer.
  • Tooth decay, gum disease, receding gums and other oral health problems.
  • If you're pregnant, increased risk of complications, including preeclampsia, low birth weight and premature birth.
  • Fertility problems in men, including abnormal sperm and lower sperm count.
  • Addiction to nicotine and increased likelihood of becoming a cigarette smoker.

Health Tip: Smokeless Tobacco Can Harm Your Oral Health

Chewing tobacco, even though it doesn't involve smoking, can still threaten your oral health, the American Dental Association warns.

The ADA says at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals are found in smokeless tobacco products. The group says these products pose increased risk of
  • Cancer of the mouth, lip, tongue and pancreas.
  • Gum disease and irritation of the tissues inside the mouth.
  • Tooth decay from the sugar that's usually added to these products.
  • Erosion of tooth enamel from grit and sand found in these products.
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