Smokeless tobacco

Introduction and Types of Smokeless Tobacco

  • Smokeless tobacco is a tobacco product used by means other than smoking, such as chewing or placing it between the gum and cheek or lip.
  • Smokeless tobacco products include chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, and dissolvable tobacco products.
  • Different forms of smokeless tobacco have different methods of use and characteristics.
  • Manufacturing methods and ingredients vary, resulting in different chemical arrangements and nicotine levels.
  • Smokeless tobacco products typically contain over 3000 constituents that contribute to their taste and scent.

Health Risks and Safety of Smokeless Tobacco

  • Smokeless tobacco is lower on the risk continuum than combusted products but still varies in risk.
  • Adverse effects of smokeless tobacco include dental disease, oral cancer, esophagus cancer, pancreas cancer, stillbirth, premature birth, and low birth weight.
  • Smokeless tobacco products contain cancer-causing chemicals, with nitrosamine being the most prominent.
  • Adverse effects of smokeless tobacco include dental disease, various types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and reproductive system deformities.
  • Smokeless tobacco use raises the risk of non-fatal ischaemic heart disease in Asia.
  • The safety risk of smokeless tobacco is similar to that of electronic cigarettes, which have significantly lower mortality risk than traditional cigarettes.

Nicotine Levels in Smokeless Tobacco

  • Nicotine levels in smokeless tobacco products vary based on the type of product, types of tobacco used, and the amount of each tobacco type used.
  • Nicotine absorption by the body depends on the pH level of the product.
  • Free nicotine and unionized nicotine levels affect nicotine absorption.
  • Measured nicotine levels in various smokeless tobacco products range from 2.92 mg/g to 23.13 mg/g.
  • Free nicotine levels in these products range from 0.01 mg/g to 6.81 mg/g.

Public Perception and Use of Smokeless Tobacco

  • Many individuals addicted to nicotine from smokeless tobacco use also expand their tobacco use by smoking cigarettes.
  • Males are more likely than females to have used smokeless tobacco in the past month.
  • Smokeless tobacco use is prevalent globally.
  • Public perception of smokeless tobacco products varies across different regions and cultures.
  • Education and awareness campaigns are important in addressing the use and risks of smokeless tobacco.

Prevalence and Effects on Health

  • Over 300 million people worldwide use smokeless tobacco.
  • Smokeless tobacco use is prevalent in regions such as India, Pakistan, other Asian countries, and North America.
  • Many young people who use smokeless tobacco also become cigarette smokers.
  • Smokeless tobacco use is a significant part of the overall world tobacco problem.
  • Using any kind of smokeless tobacco is a major health risk, although it is less lethal than smoking.
  • All tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, are harmful and cause cancer.
  • The risks associated with smokeless tobacco products can vary due to differing levels of nicotine, carcinogens, and toxins.
  • Quitting smokeless tobacco use is as challenging as quitting smoking.

Smokeless tobacco Mentions

Smokeless tobacco Data Sources

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