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Smoking cigarettes vs. chewing

Discussion in 'Tobacco / Nicotine' started by primalclaws1974, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. primalclaws1974

    primalclaws1974 Senior Contributor

    Cigarettes are incredibly dangerous. Everyone knows there are dozens of unsafe chemicals in them. They are also very addicting. I have known countless smokers that say they can't quit. I have also known a lot (but not as many) chewers. I have not heard anyone say they are addicted to "chaw". I don't know if chew has as many of the chemicals as cigarettes, but it certainly is not good for you. It also causes cancer. One thing chewing has going for it is (although disgusting) that it doesn't harm non-users. Can you tell me if chew is as dangerous and addicting as cigarettes? Thanks.
  2. juliaintheclouds

    juliaintheclouds Active Contributor

    Chew is still addictive because there is nicotine in it. It can a also cause oral cancers which I imagine aren't very fun. The only thing it has going for it is it does not damage the lungs like inhaling smoke does.
  3. cdeane

    cdeane Member

    Smoking cigarettes can cause a lot of different complications and serious illnesses. To name a few: lung cancer, throat cancer, mouth cancer, heart attacks, respiratory conditions, strokes and more. Cigarettes are also highly addictive. People who smoke often want to quit, because they understand the health risks, but they are unable to with many failed attempts. Chewing tobacco also has a negative impact on health. There are thirty different cancer causing chemicals in chewing tobacco. Not to mention, the negative impact it has on your gums and teeth. Chewing tobacco can cause lesions in your mouth that can lead to mouth cancer. Chewing tobacco also speeds up your heart rate and increases your blood pressure which puts you at risk for heart problems and circulatory diseases. They both pose serious health threats, giving up one for the other would not be of any help, health wise.
  4. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I think chew is a little better for you because you don't inhale smoke, but it can still lead to cancer as well as rotten gums and teeth. My fiance started chewing a couple of years ago after he quit smoking and I think it is gross. He does not keep a spit thing around often, but I hate when I find it. I smoke, but will be quitting this week when Patches and gum arrives in the mail. I got them free through a program.
  5. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    It's the lesser of two evils. Sure you won't be inhaling the 100s of dangerous chemicals that cigarettes have, but you are still getting high levels of nicotine. If you wanted to try and level off of smoking then sure I think that the gum or the patch would be a way to level off of smoking.
  6. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I've heard of some bad stories with it as well. I don't think it's as harmful as smoking cigarettes and as you've mentioned, it at least doesn't affect anyone else with second hand smoke but I think it's equally as dangerous and really unnecessary if you ask me. It's much better to just chew on gum, but of course the sugarless kind because the sugar filled ones are also pretty harmful without proper moderation.
  7. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    They have a new chew out that comes in pouches which is supposed to be better for your gums and how they some tips get torn up with the regular loose chew. It is still very bad for your health though. I figure that if you want to chew, you are better off getting the nicotine gum and weaning yourself off of it. At least you don't have to spit.
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  8. Teresa

    Teresa Senior Contributor

    I think both are equally dangerous to our health but you wont stink like a dirty ashtray with Chewing tobacco, at least your clothing and hair wont, I imagine your breath still might and along with a tin or pouch of chew you would also need a tin of Altoids before breathing on anyone! I think Rosyrain makes a good point regarding using nicotine gum to wean off of chew, your getting both the nicotine and chewing action.
  9. Saraldra

    Saraldra Member

    There are benefits to chewing tobacco vs cigarettes. For one, you won't be causing harm to friends and family through second-hand smoking.

    Also, since there is no smoke, there will be no nicotine coating or smell on your clothes or in your house.

    Of course it is still nicotine and thus very addictive and detrimental to your health, but at least you can minimise the effect to those around you.
  10. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    I think that both habits are bad. Smoking dangers are well known, but saying that there are benefits in chewing tobacco doesn't make much sense, it's not as bad than smoking.
  11. Teresa

    Teresa Senior Contributor

    True both are bad and the dangers are well known but I think , as Saraldra pointed out, chew it will benefit those around you because they wont be inhaling your second hand smoke nor, in the case of household members, they wont have to live with the smell of cigarette smoke. The health dangerous are equally bad , lung cancer, respiratory issues or mouth, tongue, throat, gum cancer but if switching to chew short term to help overcome smoking works, I think it should be tried short term, although nicotine gum would be a way better choice.
  12. Zyni

    Zyni Community Champion

    True. I've often heard people say they were switching to chew to taper off their nicotine addiction as a way of quitting smoking. I've yet to see them stop chewing though, so I don't really think it works very well as a quitting method. It's also gross, and as noted, still dangerous. Nicotine replacement gum probably isn't exactly "healthy" either, but I think it would be the lesser of the evils.
  13. Teresa

    Teresa Senior Contributor

    " I've often heard people say they were switching to chew to taper off their nicotine addiction as a way of quitting smoking. I've yet to see them stop chewing though " (Zyni)

    Well that certainly is not helpful then. If it ends up just replacing one harmful habit/addiction with another rather than being a temporary tool to stop smoking then no, not a good idea at all! Maybe support groups for smokers are the best answer, I don't know. I know my dad stopped after many attempts by using chantax. My mom and her friend stopped after lazer therapy, but I think the main thing was each were 100 percent committed to quitting even though they had previous failed attempts at quitting.
  14. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    My fiance started chewing as a way to stop smoking. Granted he is not inhaling the harmful smoke anymore he is still addicted to the nicotine in the chew. I am worried that now his teeth will eventually rot or that he will develop mouth cancer.
  15. Beautyspin

    Beautyspin Active Contributor

    I had taken an advice from a doctor and he told me this.

    "Nicotine per se is not so dangerous. The problem is with all the inhalants that the tar and other components of the cigarettes produce. Yes once can die of Nicotine overdose but nicotine is not the cause of all the bad effects that smoking causes. So as long as you do not overdose on nicotine patches, it is fine." Not sure if he was telling me that Nicotine was safe or just that nicotine was the lesser of the evils.
  16. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    Ouch, chewing doesn't seem a better alternative to be honest. Why don't you offer him a vaper? It's really fashionable these days and it's certainly better than chewing.
  17. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    Nobody chews here in the UK, I couldn't think of a single shop that sells it. If you like the idea of chewing though, you could give lozenges a try. You just let them dissolve in your mouth and the nicotine hits your system pretty quickly.
  18. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I think chewing is more disgusting than actually smoking because you have to have something to spit the juice into while it is in your mouth. That is a bodilly fluid and it makes me want to gag and throw up when I see someone's spit container. If you want to do smokeless, then you are probably better off with the gum. The gum is really helping me to quit smoking. I have cut back my gum by about half now of what I was chewing when I first started to quit.
  19. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    Exactly Rosy, I thought that it was a dying habit, so seeing it as an alternative to smoking it's somewhat puzzling. More, I don't think it's that much better than smoking in terms of health.
  20. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Chewing tobacco will give you cancer of the gums or anything on the way down. There will probably more than likely be cancer at the base of the spine with chewing. It will end up down below because you swallow your saliva. Smoking just goes to the lungs, which gets distributed throughout the body but chewing it all goes straight to the stomach and so forth.