Risk of CancerSmokeless tobacco contains at least 28 chemicals that have been found to cause cancer. The level of tobacco-specific nitrosamines, formed during the growing, curing, fermenting and aging of the tobacco, is directly related to the risk of cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has reported that smokeless tobacco causes oral cancer, esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, it is associated with and may cause heart disease, gum disease and oral lesions other than cancer.
Smokeless Tobacco Is AdditiveSmokeless tobacco is also considered addictive because of the amount of nicotine absorbed by the lining of the mouth. When absorbed through mouth tissues, the nicotine goes directly into the bloodstream and is transported to the brain.
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