If you have fibromyalgia and smoke cigarettes, you may have turned to smokeless tobacco as a healthier alternative. But the American Cancer Society (ACS) says that smokeless cigarettes are not any safer.
According to the ACS, smokeless tobacco still:
- Increases the risk of cancer in the mouth, tongue, throat, esophagus, stomach, and pancreas.
- Increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Increases the risk of leukoplakia, or mouth sores that can turn cancerous
- Increases the risk of other oral problems such as bad breath, loss of teeth or worn teeth, loss of bone around teeth roots, receding gums, and stained teeth.
To quit smoking, it’s best to avoid smokeless tobacco. Seek counsel from your health care provider for information on how to quit.
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