Smokeless Tobacco

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Smokeless tobacco use in the United States increases each year. Many people think smokeless tobacco is safe. The truth is that smokeless tobacco use causes many serious health problems. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Smokeless tobacco is tobacco that is not burned. It is also known as dip or snuff.

Most people chew or suck the tobacco in their mouth and spit out the tobacco juices that build up. Nicotine in the tobacco is absorbed through the lining of the mouth.

Using smokeless tobacco can cause bleeding gums and sores of the mouth that never heal. Eventually you might end up with oral cancer.

Nicotine blood levels achieved by smokeless tobacco use are similar to those from cigarette smoking. Nicotine addiction can lead to an increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure.

If you use smokeless tobacco you should be on the lookout for some of these early signs of oral cancer:

A sore that does not heal

A lump or white patch

A prolonged sore throat

Difficulty in chewing

Restricted movement of the tongue or jaws

A feeling of something in the throat

Pain is rarely an early symptom. For this reason, all tobacco users need regular dental check-ups.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.