What is Worse?


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In class we had a discussion about cigarettes, and the side effects of them. As we discussed that, I thought to myself what the worst kind of tobacco was. I had friends in high school who were concerned with there athletic performance, so they would only do chewing tobacco, and smoke cigars. While they may have thought those were all better for them then cigarettes, I think they were wrong.
From some of the research I did, I found out that my friends were indeed wrong. Cigars may be viewed in society as classier than cigarettes, but they both contain nicotine. Nicotine is what leads to tobacco dependence. The argument that cigar users have is that they don't inhale the smoke. This may be true. BUT, large amounts of nicotine can be absorbed through the lining of your mouth. Also, a big cigar may contain as much nicotine as several cigarettes. Cigars, like cigarettes, contain more than 60 chemicals that can cause cancer such as mouth, lip, tongue, throat, esophagus, larynx, and lung.
More than cigarettes and cigars, I had a lot of friends who could do chewing tobacco (a.k.a dip, chew). I have seen many of my friends become completely dependent on chew, with some doing as much as a tin of chewing tobacco per day. One "lip" or quantity of chewing tobacco, gives off as much nicotine as 4 cigarettes! Some smokeless tobacco contains as much as 28 cancer causing substances. The flavored brands of chewing tobacco contains a large amount of sugar, which leads to tooth decay. The tobacco leaves wear down the surface of teeth and gums. The chance of cancer for long term users is up to 50%.
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When it comes down to it, cigarettes and cigars accumulatively cause much more cancer and deaths than chewing tobacco. Some smokers have gone to chewing tobacco because they thought it was "safer". They may be correct (to an extent). The fact is, all 3 products are EXTREMELY addictive and will give off side effects for habitual use. The bottom line is, stay away from it, because you know the facts, and the facts are real.

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Tobacco is not really the problem and neither is the nicotine. The real problem comes from all the crap they put in cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. I read a few things about this years ago and was successful in finding one of the articles talking about a product that at the time was completely unknown to me. SNUS was an alternative that was created in Sweden that was supposed to be safer than smokeless tobacco. In 2005 it had yet to reach the states. My first encounter with the product was in 2009. I would like to see some studies on this stuff.

Currently, all tobacco is a terrible choice and it is only a matter of time before the problems catch up to you.

here is a link to that article I was talking about.
ABC NEWS article

Above all,what we advocate all the time is the total abstinence from tobacco.I've seen people comparing the degree of danger between different types of consumption.Those are really tangential issues to our health and merely some sorts of so-called "scientific analyses" among diehard smokers.After all,non-smokers never discuss which way of smoking is healthier,but we should not smoke by all accounts.
For those people saw new hopes in electrical cirgarette,I could only say you are still clinging on the pleasure of nicotine.Even if those "genetically modified" cigars remove nicotine from the composition,the addiction toward nicotine never vanishes,thereby smokers would most likely relapse to regular cigars in a short time,again giving a proof of the staggering low success rate to give up smoking completely.

Above all,what we advocate all the time is the total abstinence from tobacco.I've seen people comparing the degree of danger between different types of consumption.Those are really tangential issues to our health and merely some sorts of so-called "scientific analyses" among diehard smokers.After all,non-smokers never discuss which way of smoking is healthier,but we should not smoke by all accounts.
For those people saw new hopes in electrical cirgarette,I could only say you are still clinging on the pleasure of nicotine.Even if those "genetically modified" cigars remove nicotine from the composition,the addiction toward nicotine never vanishes,thereby smokers would most likely relapse to regular cigars in a short time,again giving a proof of the staggering low success rate to give up smoking completely.

The tobacco discussion is one that intrests me being a very infrequent, casual cigar smoker. I have a cigar every few months, but only one. I may have 6-8 cigars per year. This, not surprisingly is very concerning to my mother because she is certain that I am going to become addicted, get cancer, and die a painfully long death. I do not think this will happen because of how infrequently I partake in the cancerous activity.
While doing some research on the differences between cigars and cigarettes I came across a variety of material. This website (http://www.finckcigarcompany.com/cigar-advisor/fine-cigars-vs-cigarettes/) is a cigar company and they have a short bit of information about the differences between cigars and cigarettes. They claim that an occasional "fine" cigar carries very few health risks. (This is reasuring for me to hear) Being a good SC200 student I looked a bit further. The Mayo Clinic has a page where you can write questions and have them answered by the doctors. This is the link to the answer. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cigar-smoking/AN01515) As you can see, doctors do not necessarily agree with the cigar website. They say that cigar smoking is just as dangerous as cigarettes if you smoke them regularly. That seems to be the key to everything that I am reading, and the more you think about it, it becomes rather obvious. The more you smoke, the more danger you are in. Although cigars are absolutely bad for you, based on what I've read, I dont feel like I smoke enough to do serious damage to myself so I will smoke on!

This blog made me remember an experience I had, speaking with a friend's father who smoked like a chimney (and said no one he knew would ever chew tobacco). My friend's father is Japanese, and like most Japanese men, he deals with his high-pressure, workaholic lifestyle by drinking and smoking a lot, but chewing tobacco just doesn't happen. I decided to look up Japanese cancer rates in comparison with the US's and despite Japan's very high rate of smoking, lung cancer rates there are almost half that of the US's. Almost all types of cancer affect a larger percentage of Americans than Japanese. I think this is one example of how 3rd variables make huge differences. Lifestyles probably account for more than smoking habits. So while your friends may be playing it safer by avoiding cigarettes, it appears Americans and the American lifestyle carry more of a risk of cancer development. That may be a huge, unfounded leap. What do you think?

I can very much relate to this topic because a few of my friends always use the "dipping is a lot safer than smoking cigarettes" line. I continuously see them kill a tin a day and they can barely talk when they have a massive lip in. I never got into the dipping scene because I think it is disgusting and do not want to kill my gums. After reading this blog, I found it striking that one lip gives off as much nicotine as 4 cigarettes. That is incredibly unhealthy and I would rather see them smoking cigarettes than dipping.

I found an interesting statistic online: Almost 25% of young users start by the 6th grade, and almost 75% start by the 9th grade (http://www1.umn.edu/perio/tobacco/smokeless.html). I could not imagine my friends starting to dip in 6th grade! The only real reason they started dipping in high school was because they played baseball. From this, should high school baseball programs penalize players who are caught dipping?

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