Smokeless Tobacco: Not a Safer Alternative to Cigarettes

Information from this post was taken from an article by the American Heart Association. For the full article, click here.

Ready for two myths? First, many people believe that smokeless tobacco products are a safe alternative to cigarettes. Second, many believe smokeless tobacco products are a reliable method to quit smoking.

In fact, smokeless tobacco products can increase the risk of certain cancers, fatal heart attacks and fatal strokes.

No tobacco product is safe to consume. Smokeless tobacco products are harmful and addictive , and that does not translate to a better alternative.

Smokeless tobacco products are taking advantage of the abundance of smoke-free air laws in the U.S. They claim that their products are a pleasurable substitute when smoking is prohibited. Just know that these products are not a safer substitute.

The most effective way to quit smoking is through nicotine replacement therapy (the nicotine patch or gum). So far, clinical studies have found no increased risk of stroke or heart attack through either method of nicotine replacement therapy.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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