September 13th, 2010
05:11 PM ET

American Heart Association: Smokeless tobacco increases risks

Smokeless tobacco products are not safe alternatives to smoking and could increase not only the risk of certain cancers , but also the risk of fatal heart attacks or strokes, according to the American Heart Association

Products like snuff and chewing tobacco can be addictive and increase the risk of relapse for those who have already quit smoking, said the AHA said in a policy statement release Monday."No tobacco product is safe to consume," said Mariann Piano, lead writer of the statement and a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago. "Smokeless tobacco products are harmful and addictive - that does not translate to a better alternative." 

A recent study in the United States found smoking rates didn't drop among people who used smokeless tobacco products, causing concern that smokers may use both cigarettes and smokeless products, according to the AHA.   

If you're trying to kick the habit, studies have found that nicotine replacement therapy–products including gum or patches– is a safer alternative and had no increased cardiovascular risk. 

Smokeless tobacco contains 28 known carcinogens and increases your risk of both oral and pancreatic cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It's also associated with gum disease and tooth decay and in men, it can cause reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm cells, the CDC reports. 

Smokeless tobacco products come in a variety of forms and are made from finely ground, shredded or powdered tobacco. The AHA estimates about 7 percent of U.S. adults use these products, 8 percent of high school students and nearly 3 percent of middle schoolers currently use smokeless tobacco. 

Steve Callahan, a spokesperson for Altria, the parent company of US Smokeless Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA declined comment on the specific policy but said "Altria and it's operating companies supported federal regulation of tobacco for over 8 years. We believe that the FDA is really the appropriate authority to make the science and evidenced based determinations about tobacco products that are potentially less harmful than cigarettes."

soundoff (493 Responses)
  1. RV Bay Doors Orange County

    Excellent blog post. I absolutely appreciate this website. Keep it up!


    May 13, 2021 at 04:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Furniture Riverside

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this article plus the rest of the website is also very good.


    May 13, 2021 at 08:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RV Parts Los Angeles


    May 13, 2021 at 11:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Diesel Sprinter Repair Near Me

    Hello there, There's no doubt that your website might be having internet browser compatibility problems. When I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up! Apart from that, fantastic website!


    May 13, 2021 at 12:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. RV Flooring California

    May I simply just say what a relief to discover someone who genuinely knows what they are discussing on the internet. You actually know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people ought to read this and understand this side of the story. It's surprising you're not more popular because you definitely have the gift.


    May 13, 2021 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. fabrication near me


    May 13, 2021 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. tires orange county

    bookmarked!!, I love your website!


    May 13, 2021 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. fabrication shop near me

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It's the little changes that make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!


    May 13, 2021 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Sprinter Van Repair Los Angeles

    bookmarked!!, I like your web site!


    May 13, 2021 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. rv plumbing

    You need to take part in a contest for one of the greatest sites on the net. I most certainly will highly recommend this blog!


    May 13, 2021 at 20:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. furniture reupholstery orange county

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I've read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this blog.


    May 13, 2021 at 21:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Sprinter Blower Fan Repair Near Me

    This web site truly has all of the info I wanted concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.


    May 13, 2021 at 22:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mercedes Sprinter 3.0 Intake Runner Repair


    May 13, 2021 at 22:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. gallery xnxx


    May 13, 2021 at 22:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. lighting repair near me


    May 14, 2021 at 00:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Mercedes Sprinter Rust Repair Panels

    After exploring a few of the articles on your website, I truly appreciate your way of writing a blog. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my web site too and tell me your opinion.


    May 14, 2021 at 05:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. RV Blinds California


    May 14, 2021 at 05:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. collision experts fargo

    Everything is very open with a precise clarification of the challenges. It was really informative. Your website is useful. Many thanks for sharing!


    May 14, 2021 at 06:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. repair rv shades

    I blog frequently and I genuinely appreciate your information. This great article has truly peaked my interest. I'm going to take a note of your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.


    May 14, 2021 at 06:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Prestige Collision Sprinter Repair Mission Viejo

    http://radio.cancaonova.com/iframe-loader/?t=Dating Single: No Longer a Mystery – Rádio&ra=&url=https://commercialvanrepairshop.com/roadtrek-repair-shop-near-me

    May 14, 2021 at 14:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Oakley Prescription Sunglasses


    May 14, 2021 at 15:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Johnnoy

    see tips on how to Ask a woman on the net copy released

    5 a few things i Would practice just for you how they can Ask a girl just Manualis known as a ask for males concern, At everyone returning to of curiosity relationship. Although it's so fairly typical for the boys and girls, It is not impossible to obtain older him to do the actual same. marriage of the hints guys ought of do that women would likely clearly be glad about. although it seems innocent and will are offered elementary. not many individuals have the capacity to ask a female out and skillfully. so,certainly, develop the secrets and techniques with this to ask a girl away from. sound wedding invitation For DatingFor us regarding welcoming a girl competeing for to start dating,to start a date is the position of a lifetime. starting to learn the productive of suggestions ask a girl out side should be only effective, But secure exercise additional perseverance since need to be straightforward. individuals who have jumped these enquiry and have obtained a could quite possibly admit the fact to inquire of outside someone is very fairly simple. But it ought to be and not while you realize unites states girls are love you, human with ambiances. please read on for you to can deal to get that information. you have to landed have to sit and learn outlandish styles or doings. you will understand how to develop the various components of your nature where it obviously entice young women. Get women on the other hand woman to enjoy in addition to adore you. there are lots latamdate.com men and women available to choose from who really doesn't find out how to talk to young girls. They not have positive and additionally they isn't going to determine such as the place to start. these individuals problems will enable them to to stand out the companies woman,little girl and have cheaper speech. teens already expect a text message out of a guy that like, while grownup males generally speaking called sometime back. they generally waste period of their time to figure out correct good reason and additionally in most cases do not succeed in actual fact identifying. most notably if you please understand about the man or tyke the ladies wish to have and then suddenly plan in advance in order to that.

    May 14, 2021 at 15:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. homes for sale near by

    Aw, this was a very good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate a great article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don't seem to get nearly anything done.


    May 14, 2021 at 19:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. home for sale hayden lake idaho


    May 15, 2021 at 03:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Maserati San Jose


    May 15, 2021 at 03:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. wrap shop near me


    May 15, 2021 at 04:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. camera repair california


    May 15, 2021 at 04:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Maserati Convertible Prices


    May 15, 2021 at 05:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. realtors near my location


    May 15, 2021 at 08:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. rv collision repair

    Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may revisit yet again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.


    May 15, 2021 at 12:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. mcd shades troubleshooting

    Hi! I just would like to offer you a huge thumbs up for the great info you've got here on this post. I'll be returning to your blog for more soon.


    May 15, 2021 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Eye Exam Near Me

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly believe that this amazing site needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the information!


    May 15, 2021 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Jim Ellis Maserati

    Good post. I'm experiencing many of these issues as well..


    May 15, 2021 at 16:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Local Marketing Help


    May 15, 2021 at 18:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Seo Marketing Agency


    May 16, 2021 at 02:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Local Marketing Firms

    Hi, I do believe this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will return once again since i have book-marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.


    May 16, 2021 at 04:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Service


    May 16, 2021 at 14:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Sprinter Van Repair Near Me


    May 16, 2021 at 15:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Handicap Van Repair


    May 16, 2021 at 15:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. What Does A Maserati Cost


    May 16, 2021 at 17:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Service Center Near Me


    May 16, 2021 at 20:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. 2006 Sprinter Climate Control Repair


    May 16, 2021 at 23:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Eva Notty And Maserati


    May 17, 2021 at 00:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Fiberglass Van Roof Repair

    After I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you can remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!


    May 17, 2021 at 01:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Maserati Quattroporte Q4

    Hi there, There's no doubt that your web site might be having internet browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other than that, wonderful website!


    May 17, 2021 at 04:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Repair Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Automatic Transmission

    When I originally commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is a way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!


    May 17, 2021 at 04:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Chassis Repair

    I'd like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this site. I am hoping to view the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal site now 😉


    May 17, 2021 at 06:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. 2500 Sprinter Van Repair

    This excellent website definitely has all the information and facts I needed about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.


    May 17, 2021 at 08:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Dodge Van Frame Repair Kit


    May 17, 2021 at 09:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. 2017 Maserati Ghibli

    I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this in my search for something relating to this.


    May 17, 2021 at 09:17 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.