Smokeless tobacco and risk reduction

  1. Is anyone aware of any research on the use of smokless tobacco as a short term means to reduce the use of smoking tobacco?

    Thanks,
    Amy
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    I definitely wouldn't even consider it. It can stain your teeth and it greatly increases your chance of getting some type of oral cancer. The spit and the drool with the oral tobacco just isn't worth it IMO. :uhoh21:
  4. by   suzanne4
    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?

    Thanks,
    Amy

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  5. by   unknown99
    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?

    Thanks,
    Amy
    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.

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