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Smoking, Non-Cigarette Alternatives

Many non-cigarette alternatives are often marketed as healthier alternatives to smoking, but hopefully you are aware that tobacco is harmful to your oral health as well as your overall health. So, with that said, there is no such thing as a healthy tobacco product.

Did you know that quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of tobacco-related health problems?

Well-known or common non-cigarette alternatives and descriptions:

Electronic Cigarettes (Vaping). Small refillable devices that look like cigarettes and use battery power to vaporize nicotine solutions so they can be inhaled.

Snuff. Finely ground tobacco packaged in cans or pouches. Can be sold dry or moist.

Snus. Finely ground form of moist snuff that that contains carcinogens—cancer-causing agents called tobacco-specific nitrosamines—and is usually packaged in small pouches.

Smokeless Tobacco. Also referred to as chewing tobacco, oral tobacco, spitting tobacco, dip, chew, and snuff.

Dissolvable Tobacco. Sweet, candy-like tobacco lozenges that contain tobacco and nicotine and are designed to be held in the mouth, chewed, or sucked until they dissolve and the juices are swallowed.

Hookah. The ACS describes hookah as “burning tobacco that has been mixed with flavors such as honey, molasses, or fruit in a water pipe and inhaling the flavored smoke through a long hose.” They been shown to contain concentrations of toxins, and the World Health Organization reports that one hookah smoking session is the same as smoking 100 cigarettes.

Cigars. Little cigars are brown and look similar to cigarettes are often flavored or filtered. Larger cigars are called cigarillos, blunts, or cheroots.

Clove Cigarettes. Also called Kreteks, clove cigarettes contain tobacco and deliver more nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar than regular cigarettes. The ACS reports that smokers have higher risks of asthma and other lung diseases than non-smokers.

Bidis. Flavored cigarettes that are unfiltered and deliver up to five times more nicotine than regular cigarettes.

Pipes. According to the ACS, pipe smokers have an increased risk of dying from cancers of the lung, lip, throat, esophagus, larynx, pancreas, and colon and rectum.

About Johnson Family Dentistry – Orlando, FL

At Johnson Family Dentistry, we are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long, lasting smiles. We are conveniently located next to Publix Super Market in The Shoppes at Eastwood. Contact us Today at (407) 282-0002.

Our Services include the following; Bonding, Crowns & Bridgework, Dental Implants, Fillings, General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Cancer Screenings, Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, Porcelain Veneers, Professional Teeth Cleanings, Removable Dentures, Root Canal Treatment, Sealants, Teeth Whitening, TMJ/TMD Treatment, and Tooth Extractions.

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