Effects of Smokeless Tobacco

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Smokeless Tobacco Commonly Asked Questions

  • Release of hormones (adrenaline) because of nicotine in the blood stream.
  • Rise in blood pressure.
  • Constricted blood vessels: slows down the circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the organs.
  • Cancer of the mouth (including the lip, tongue, and cheek).
  • Cancer of the throat: the risk of oral cancer is up to 50 times greater for the person who chews tobacco.
  • Discoloration of teeth: the products in smokeless tobacco permanently stains teeth.
  • Halitosis: permanent bad breath.
  • Gum recession: the direct and repeated contact of tobacco with the gum tissue causes the gums to recede from the teeth.  This eventually can lead to loss of the teeth.
  • Tooth decay: smokeless tobacco contains high quantities of sugar. This sugar mixed with the plaque on your teeth forms acids that eat away at the tooth's enamel, causing cavities.

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