Health experts highlight that smokeless tobacco is as addictive as smoking a cigarette and hence should not be seen as an alternative to quit smoking as the severe health impacts will still remain.
World No Tobacco Day 2019
The focus of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, which is observed every year on May 31, is ‘tobacco and lung health’. It is essential to realize that all tobacco products consist nicotine, the chemical responsible for addiction. A generally floating misconception is that only smoking is harmful for health; but it should be noted that any form of tobacco consumption is dangerous.
As many as 28 different cancer-causing chemicals have been detected that are either present in tobacco or are formed during the production processes.
Chewing tobacco or consuming other smokeless products is sometimes perceived safer as compared to cigarettes or other tobacco products, largely due to the poor documentation of the health hazards associated with it. Smokeless tobacco is usually referred to the blend of tobacco that is chewed, sucked on or sniffed instead of being smoked. It consists of cut, ground, powdered, or leaf tobacco and is generally to be placed in the oral or nasal cavity.
In some cases, nicotine is even swallowed and in others, absorbed through the soft tissues of the mouth. Regardless of the common belief, health experts point out that smokeless tobacco causes similar health risks as cigarettes as there is no such thing as harmless tobacco product.