What’s Worse Smoking Cigarette or Chewing Tobacco?

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There is always a question about: What’s worse, smoking a cigarette or chewing tobacco?

As we all know, smoking cigarettes or any other type of smoking is very harmful to your body.

Smoking causes lung cancer, stroke, hearth-attach, and many other dangerous disease and conditions to your health.

We have discussed enough smoking and how it harms our body.

Today we will discuss the addiction of tobacco chewing.

Addiction To Chewing Tobacco

Chew tobacco is a common habit among women and men alike in some countries such as India, Pakistan, South American, and so on.

They consider it much safer than smoking, and there’s no risk of lung cancer.

However, in reality, this is not the case, and it’s not true.

It has been time and gains scientifically proved that chewing tobacco is not a safe or a better alternative to smoking, and that it is as harmful to health as smoking.

Whether it is smoking a cigarette or chewing tobacco, both of them is an addiction and very difficult to quit.

Both these contain nicotine. By chewing tobacco, an individual’s tobacco intake is more than when he is smoking cigarettes.

Even a person addicted to snuff is causing himself/herself more harm by way of tobacco intake than a person who is smoking cigarettes.

What Chewing Tobacco and Cigarettes Made Of

Let’s know what is chewing ‘tobacco’ and ‘cigarettes’ made of.

Chew tobacco made of leafy tobacco.

Then they’ll add sugar, artificial flavorings and aromas/scents to the tobacco leaf.

Just like cigarette tobacco, chew tobacco also contains many different types of chemicals that are highly toxic for the body, therefore harmful.

Harmful Situations Can be Cause By Chewing Tobacco

Chemicals and compounds like nicotine, formaldehyde, polonium 210 a radioactive chemical that’s one of the nuclear waste, and various types of carcinogens cancer-causing chemicals.

A type of carcinogen called nitrosamines present in tobacco also found the maximum permitted for food. But in tobacco its percentage of thousands of times higher.

Chewing tobacco can give oral cancer.

The risk of oral cancer or cancer of the mouth increases by as much as five times for tobacco chewers.

Researchers also think there is a possibility of an increased risk of:

  • Cancer of the nose
  • Trachea
  • Esophagus
  • and liver

Inflammation of the gums and receding gums can also result from tobacco chewing.

Chewing tobacco can also harm teeth by way of dental decay, specifically the root part of the tooth.

It increases fourfold; this maybe because of the sugar content in chew tobacco.

Treatments for Tobacco Chewers Addiction

Treatment for such type of decay is difficult and money and time-consuming.

There is always a rehab for quitting drugs or smoking, but there is nothing for chewing tobacco.

However, they can use the nicotine gums instead, but it has it’s own side effects.

Nicotine Gum Side Effects
  • Oral Irritation
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Increase heart rate
  • Hearth burn
  • Intestine gas
  • Cough
  • Dental pain
  • Sore through
  • Nausea[note]https://www.medicinenet.com/nicotine_gum/article.htm#what_are_the_side_effects_of_nicotine_gum?[/note]
Chewing tobacco can also give;

rise to heart disease. Nicotine increases the heart rate, takes up blood pressure, changes levels of fat in the blood, and all this together may cause heart disease.

How early or late depends upon individuals’ body mechanics and immune system.

Women and Tobacco Chewing

Tobacco may sometimes contain heavy metals like Lead and Cadmium that are likely to harm even the unborn child. That is if a pregnant woman is in the habit of chewing tobacco.

If you or someone you know is addicted to tobacco chewing and you notice, mouth ulcers, white patches in the mouth, a plaque inside the mouth, if one experiences pain or stiffness while talking, chewing, swallowing, and eating. Its time to visit a doctor before its too late.

Actually, from the day, you take to chewing tobacco, you are late!

2 thoughts on “What’s Worse Smoking Cigarette or Chewing Tobacco?”

  1. I am 85 yrs,,now, I have been chewing Copenhagen since I was 9 yrs.old, I generly use a box a day.
    I amnot on any prescriptions and my blood pressure is normal,, I lost all my teeth a number of yrs. ago
    not sure if this was because of my tobacco use or not???I have tried to quit using many times..after so
    many yrs. of useing tobacco , its very difficult to stop..

  2. Your article is laughable at best. chewing tobacoo is hundreds of times safer than smoking . Oral cancer is 10000x higher in smokers than chew tobacco users. the odds of a chewing tobacco user getting oral cancer is 2x that of a NON- tobacco user which is only 1.5%. thats like doubling your chances of getting struck by lightning or getting bit by a shark, still very low. The only thing that holds true is the receding gumline and toothdecay.

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