Chewing tobacco and snuff and their known health risks:
Snuff is normally placed in the lower lip between the cheek and gum, while chewing tobacco is chewed like bubble gum in order to obtain flavor from the mixture of saliva and tobacco. These tobacco products contain nitrosamines, carcinogens and other cancer causing agents, such as ammonia and rat poison. These chemicals allow the tobacco product to become more addictive to the user. Over a certain amount of time, depending upon the genetic metabolism of the user, cysts may develop within the lip, tongue, stomach lining or throat at a benign stage called pre-cancer. If it forms in the mouth, it appears as a leathery white patch and is known as leukaplakia, or a mouth carcinoma. Once the acidity level and irritation grow over so many more years, it could become malignant.
At this stage, it is known as mouth, stomach or throat cancer. Snuff or chewing tobacco is a nasy habit. It is hard to clean up if it spills and can lead to awful room odors. Snuff is the most common form of chewing tobacco use as it is as they say, “Just a pinch between the cheek and gum.” Gum disease and tooth loss can result from snuff or other forms of tobacco as well. Gum disease or (Periodontal disease) must be treated with a certain kind of antibiotic as it is contagious, and can cause someone you kiss to lose their teeth as well. If you children ask about snuff or chewing tobacco, be sure and let them know this information, for it can eventually lead to death.