Quote from amylynrn
Is anyone aware of any research on the use of smokless tobacco as a short term means to reduce the use of smoking tobacco?
When I was doing home care, I had 3 different clients. All of them used smokeless tobacco.
Client #1 had tracheal cancer from it, had to have a total trach, and required constant suctioning, pain meds, etc.
Client #2 had bone cancer of his jaw. He had to have the bones removed from his R) jaw and his chin. We were packing his wound with 3 large rolls of Kerlix wet to dry dressings twice a day. He required IV morphine prior to each dressing change and IV Ancef after each dressing change.
Client #3 had the entire right side of his face from the neck to just below his eye, including his ear, removed due to the cancer from smokeless tobacco.
He also had a trach, and a gastric feeding tube. He could not eat or drink because it would come out what was once his ear. His wife divorced him because of it.
On the other hand, I have seen several people with COPD due to cigarettes, but a lower incidence of lung cancer.