Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Smokeless tobacco products like snuff also cause cancer

A recent study published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology is urging tobacco manufacturers to reformulate a smokeless tobacco product called moist snuff. Researchers from Minnesota have found that the product contains high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are highly toxic, cancer-causing substances.

Used in between the lip and gum, moist snuff has grown in popularity over the years due to increased awareness about the dangers of smoking cigarettes. Commonly thought to be a safer alternative to cigarettes, moist snuff is turning out to have its own slew of dangers. The PAHs found in moist snuff can lead to various cancers including oral (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/findinformation/cc/oralcancer.htm), pancreatic (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/findinformation/cc/pancreaticcancer.htm), and esophageal (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/findinformation/cc/esophagealcancer.htm). Precancerous oral lesions are typically the first symptoms to appear. Read more...

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