Smokeless Tobacco Products Could Have Higher Cancer Risk than Cigarettes

Posted on November 19, 2015 by Disability Help Group

When smokeless tobacco products became popular on the market, it was often due to claims that they were safer than traditional tobacco products. However, many studies are now showing that smokeless tobacco products like snuff, dip, and chewing tobacco may carry more cancer-causing toxicants than traditional smoked tobacco.

Research published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention medical journal has analyzed the results from a nationally representative study regarding the health habits of U.S. adults from 1999-2012. Brian Rostron, and his colleagues from the Center for Tobacco Products and the US Food and Drug Administration, studied more than 23,000 participants for their use habits regarding tobacco products —16,613 of which did not use tobacco, and 7,371 who used some type of tobacco.

The study found that the participants who used smokeless tobacco products exclusively had higher levels of cotinine, a biomarker that indicates exposure to nicotine. Another biomarker was also higher in smokeless tobacco users. NKK, a known cancer-causing toxicant, was found in higher concentrations in those who exclusively used smokeless tobacco products than in those who exclusively smoked tobacco cigarettes.

While smokeless tobacco is considered by many users to be safer due to the lower risk of developing lung cancer – a condition commonly associated with cigarette use – there are still many adverse conditions that can develop from smokeless tobacco product use. Smokeless tobacco is still addictive, and can lead to many oral health conditions such as mouth and tongue cancer.

Tobacco Use of Any Kind Can Cause Cancer and Related Disabling Conditions

Tobacco use can cause a higher risk of developing cancer, mainly in the lungs, throat, and mouth. It can also increase the risk of cardiovascular complications and respiratory conditions. If you suffer from any chronic diseases that impair you from working and earning a substantial income, you may qualify for disability benefits. Contact the Disability Help Group online or call us at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!