Spit Or Not To Spit? Smokeless Tobacco

1110 words - 5 pages

Joe Giryotas
Mrs. Castleberry
English III
23 April 2014
Spit or Not To Spit? That is The Question
Smokeless tobacco vs. Smoke Tobacco which is better? Which one is healthier? Smokeless Tobacco or “snuff is a moist or dry powder made from the tobacco plant. the tobacco is first fermented by heat and moisture and then dried and grounded moist snuff is placed between checks and gums or “dipping”. Dry snuff can be sniffed through the nostrils, or rubbed on the gums. The tobacco is placed into to storage for two to three years, fermented at least twice and usually flavored and scented. Snuff was first found in the West Indies in Mexico, and and in parts of South America. Adaption of the ...view middle of the document...

5% of people aged eighteen to twenty-five saying they were current users. Certain factors seem to be linked to whether young people will use tobacco they include: Examples set by parents, peer pressure, local lifestyles and fashions, general attitudes toward authority, economic conditions, example set by teachers, presence of gangs, use of illegal drugs or alcohol. Smokeless tobacco can irritate the gum tissue, causing the gums to recede or pull away from the teeth roots which the roots become exposed, creating an increased risk of the teeth to decay. Exposed roots are also more sensitive to hot an cold or other irritants, making eating and drinking uncomfortable. Leukoplakia is a white patch in the mouth that can become cancer. They are sometime called sores, but they are usually painless. Many studies show high rates of Leukoplakia at the place in the mouth where users place their chew or dip. One study found that nearly three out of four daily users of moist snuff and chewing tobacco had non-cancerous or precancerous lesions (sores) in the mouth the more the person uses tobacco, the more likely they are to have Leukoplakia. The snuff and chewing tobacco products in The United States of America that are most widely used are Copenhagen, Grizzly, Skoal, Redman, Levi Garrett, Taylor’s Pride they have very high levels of cancer-causing (carcinogens) called tobacco-specific nitrosamines. The carcinogens cause lung-cancer in animals even injected in their blood. There are other cancer causing agents in smokeless tobacco, too, such as benzo[a] pyrene and other pdycylic aromatic carcinogens. The carcinogens may be why several types of cancer are linked to use of smokeless tobacco. Kind of illness caused by oral or smokeless tobacco: mouth, tongue, cheek, gum, and throat cancer, cancer in the esophagus, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer. Companies have also created dissolvable forms smokeless tobacco products such as tobacco lozenges, orbs, or pellets; strips (meltaway and toothpick-sized sticks). All contain tobacco and depending on the type they are designed to be held in the mouth, chewed, sucked until dissolved, the juices are swallowed. The route is different, but the addiction is the same. Nicotine in smokeless tobacco products absorbs from the mouth or nose. Along with other compounds in the tobacco. There are a number of...

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