Last week, I wrote about smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco and snuff) raising the risk of certain types of cancer ( Snuff/Chewing Tobacco Not Safe ). Now, news has come out about another study of smokeless tobacco, linking it with an increase in heart attacks and strokes among its users.
The study, an review of 11 studies, was done in both Sweden and North America and the results were published in the most recent online issue of the medical journal BMJ.
According to a press release issued by the BMJ:
[Researchers] found a small increased risk of death from a heart attack or stroke among users of smokeless tobacco products compared with non-users. Smokeless tobacco caused 0.5% of all heart attacks in the United States and 5.6% in Sweden. The products were also the cause of 1.7% of stroke deaths in the United States and 5.4% in Sweden.
Personally, I can’t understand chewing tobacco. Watching professional athletes and their managers/coaches spitting those disgusting streams of brown liquid is gross. Just plain gross.
Smokeless tobacco gained more popularity recently because it was touted as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco. Of course, the manufacturers don’t advertise that people who chew tobacco have a higher risk of oral cancers – that’s left out of it. Now, with last week’s news about pancreatic cancer risk and this week’s news about heart and stroke risks, is there any way people can believe that tobacco is a safe substance?