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Smokeless tobacco.

An American Heart Association team chaired by Dr Mariann R Piano has issued a policy statement on the use of smokeless tobacco (snuff, snus, chewing tobacco etc.) and cardiovascular risk.

The review found mixed results reported by a large range of studies, with problems matching up use in North America with different products in Sweden and Norway.

Overall, comparing those using only smokeless tobacco to non-users of tobacco, any increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, metabolic syndrome and diabetes was minor, and much less than smoking cigarettes.

However, evidence that smokeless products aided people to quit smoking was weak, while some evidence suggested that smokeless tobacco was a gateway to taking up smoking in young people.

The following is extrected from the conclusions – “The American Heart Association does not recommend the use of smokeless tobacco as an alternative to cigarette smoking or as a smoking cessation product. Although the evidence is consistent with the suggestion that the cardiovascular risks are lower with smokeless tobacco products, smokeless tobacco products are not without harm.”


September 14, 2010 - Posted by | AHA - American Heart Association, CVD - cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Health, High blood pressure, Mariann R Piano, Metabolic syndrome, Smoking, Stroke, Success

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