According to a study conducted at Rutgers Institute, the habitually smoking U.S. residents misinterpret that the use of moist snuff smokeless tobacco product; snus is equally hazardous as smoking tobacco.
The research outcomes are appeared in the journal Addictive Behaviors, in which smokers’ suggestions about using snus have been explained. Snus is moist tobacco crushed in powdery form, which can be marketed either loose or packed form and is spit-free. Around 7%of U.S. males consumea smokeless form of tobacco, reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Though smokeless tobacco products are also addictive with cancer-causing and cardiovascularrisks, the health risks as compared to tobacco smoking are quite lower. Snus can be used as one of the less-harmful alternatives for smokers.
The scientistsevaluated 256 smokers by asking about their supposed chances of heart disease, lung and oral cancer development from using snus against cigarettes.Over 75% of the selected participants were chain smokers and around 20% had switched to smokeless tobacco for trials.
Based on the beliefs of smokers, scientists categorized them into three subgroups. About 45% of smokers recognized snus to be as hazardous as cigarettes in regard to the major above mentioned three health risks. Around 38% claimed that through snus consumption, the risk of occurrence of heart disease and lung cancer became lower as compared to smoking, but the oral cancer risk remained the same. The second subgroup comprising 17% of overall participants, who believed that snus consumption might lead to lower risks of developing lung cancer but apparent risks for heart disorders and oral cancer remain almost the same as that from cigarettes. And the third subgroup with around 40% perceived incorrectly thatoral cancer development chances might be more from snus use rather than cigarette smoking.
But the fact is that smoke released by combustion of tobacco is more harmful than the consumption of non-combusted tobacco.