September 14th, 2010

AHA Rejects Smokeless Tobacco Products

Smokeless tobacco products aren’t safe and won’t help people quit smoking, according to a policy statement from the American Heart Association published in Circulation. Although the statement acknowledges that the cardiovascular risks of smokeless tobacco products appear to be reduced compared with cigarette smoking, evidence cited in the statement links smokeless tobacco products to an increased risk for fatal MI and stroke; reduced survival after MI or stroke; and a greater likelihood of cancer and oral disease. The authors also warn against the dual use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products and raise concern over “the disturbing trend in the increase in [smokeless tobacco] product initiation and use among adolescent males.”

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