Smokeless tobacco kills just like cigarettes and beedis

[हिंदी] Smokeless tobacco (Gutkha, Khaini, and other forms of smokeless tobacco use) also causes life-threatening diseases, disabilities and deaths – just like the smoking forms of tobacco (cigarettes, beedis), said Professor (Dr) Rama Kant, President-elect of Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) 2012 and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General’s Awardee 2005. Prof (Dr) Rama Kant was the chief guest at Daffodils Convent Inter College, D-block Indira Nagar in a seminar on "Grow Without Tobacco" theme.

In presence of the Principal of Daffodils Convent Inter College Piyush Mishra, Prof (Dr) Rama Kant motivated students and staff to resolve not to use tobacco and encourage others who use it to quit before it is too late.

"According to Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens). Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of human cancer; it increases the risk of developing cancer of the oral cavity" said Prof (Dr) Rama Kant, current Executive Director, Piles To Smiles Clinics.

"Smokeless tobacco is also strongly associated with leukoplakia—a precancerous lesion of the soft tissue in the mouth that consists of a white patch or plaque that cannot be scraped off. Smokeless tobacco is associated with recession of the gums, gum disease, and tooth decay" said Prof (Dr) Rama Kant, who is the former Head of the Surgery Department, and past Chief Medical Superintendent, CSM Medical University (erstwhile KGMC).

"Smokeless tobacco use during pregnancy increases the risks for preeclampsia (i.e., a condition that may include high blood pressure, fluid retention, and swelling), premature birth, and low birth weight" said Prof (Dr) Rama Kant. "Smokeless tobacco use by men causes reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm cells" said Prof (Dr) Rama Kant on infertility related hazards of tobacco use.

"I was invited to a high level Government consultation on smokeless tobacco in April 2011, the report of which highlights strong and consistent evidence from a number of studies to indicate significant risk of cancers, which increases with the dosage and frequency of smokeless tobacco use. For areca nut and betel quid, majority of the identified studies were conducted in India and Taiwan. Results from multiple studies show strong and consistent evidence suggestive of areca/betel nut being a significant risk factor for the development of cancers" said Prof (Dr) Rama Kant.

"Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers. Just like supari-based non-tobacco mouth freshners are often the precursors to using tobacco for children and youth" said Prof (Dr) Rama Kant.

Rahul Kumar Dwivedi, Shobha Shukla, Ritesh Arya, and Anand Pathak were also present during the discussion. The programme was jointly organized by Citizens for Healthy Lucknow (CHL) Campaign, Indian Society Against Smoking (ISAS), Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF), and Asha Parivar.

Bobby Ramakant - CNS 

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  1. I didn't know that it can also cause health problems. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  2. I've heard from a friend that several optometrists told him that smokeless tobacco also affect the eyes.The eye is one of the most oxygen hungry organs in the body, and tobacco use causes the eyes to receive less oxygen. As the eye becomes starved of oxygen, vision risk quickly increases.

  3. "Smokeless tobacco has been around for a long time. Native people of North and South America chewed tobacco, and snorting and chewing snuff was popular in Europe and Scandinavia (the word ""snuff"" comes from the Scandinavian word ""snus"").

    In the United States, chewing tobacco has long been associated with baseball. Players chewed it to keep their mouths moist, spit it into their gloves to soften them up, and used it to make a ""spitball,"" a special pitch that involved the pitcher dabbing the ball with saliva to cause it to spin off the fingers easily and break sharply. (Spitballs were banned from the sport in 1920.) By the 1950s, chewing tobacco had fallen out of favor in most of America, so by that time not too many baseball players were spitting big brown gobs all over the infield. Instead of chewing their tobacco, most people were smoking it.

    But, in the 1970s, people became more aware of the dangers of smoking. Thinking it was a safe alternative to lighting up, baseball players started chewing on their tobacco again. Some players even developed the habit of mixing their chewing tobacco with bubble gum and chewing the whole thing. Gross, huh?

    These days, you don't find the majority of professional ballplayers with wads of chaw in their cheeks. But lots of guys and girls, athletes or not, still find time for chewing and spitting."

  4. Oh no, that is one scary thought right there! I wish I can quit smoking as my bartlett implant dentists have been pounding me for ages to do but I just can't resist the urge to get tobacco out of my system. I need help big time.

  5. The last time I had my teeth checked in the fairfield dental clinic, it had a lot of cavities and stain mainly from smoking. This is the time I realized that I'm not just hurting my lungs, but my oral health as well. Luckily, after trying for three months I was able to completely stop from smoking.

  6. Talked to my myrtle beach dentists about this issue. It's true that it can kill, but if it doesn't you'll kill your reputation anyway for having dirty teeth.

  7. Any type of smoking is really bad for your health. We all know how smoking is bad for your teeth and your lungs, yet a lot of people continue to do it. As a matter of fact, my los angeles dentists also told me that smoking could cause mouth cancer. This is the main reason I stopped smoking right away.

  8. Smoking can kill you in many different ways,ruin your life and damage your teeth according to my orthodontic treatment. That is why I always visit him every month.