Chew On This!

You see everywhere that smoking cigarettes is very harmful to your health. The risk of lung cancer increases as your smoking habit worsens. It’s just a well-known fact. But what about the dangers of chewing tobacco? With the lime-light focused on cigarettes, smokeless tobacco is frequently ignored. Some think that it is a safer alternative to smoking because it’s not inhaled into the lungs. So, what threats are actually present towards those who chew?

Nicotine, the chemical found in all tobacco products, is highly addictive; Similar to that of heroin, cocaine and alcohol. The substance travels through your bloodstream straight to your brain and boosts the ‘reward center’ which produces happy feelings. Since chewing tobacco seeps straight into your blood stream it gives one quite the buzz. In fact, one can of snuff holds the equivalent amount of nicotine as sixty cigarettes! Just because it doesn’t come rolled up in paper doesn’t mean it’s not addictive.  You will still go through withdrawals if you try to quit chewing as you would smoking. Your brain has to learn how to release your happy chemicals on its own again!

Though chewing tobacco decreases the chance of lung cancer, there are still many other forms of cancer that can be produced. Try mouth, tongue, lips, throat, larynx and nose cancer. Sometimes the cancer-causing agents can even make their way into your stomach lining or bladder. I’m not sure about you, but none of those sound very enticing to me! Huge tumors can grow as a result of these cancers, which surgeries to remove them will most likely change the structure of your face, leaving knarly scars. Chewing tobacco also wears down your gums, often causing you to lose teeth!


The best way to never go through any of this is to never start in the first place. Being tobacco free will save you from a lot of trouble in the future. Don’t even toy around with this stuff! If you are addicted to any form of tobacco, I advise you to quit NOW. You are still young and it’s never too late to change a nasty habit! There are resources available (1-800-QUIT-NOW) with people who are eager to help you kick this addiction. Ask a friend or family member to help keep you accountable!


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Posted on May 28, 2013, in Drugs, Health. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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