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Chewing tobacco can do your genes are going to throw

A new Indian study showed that the substances contained in spit tobacco not only cause cancer, but they also lead to genetic damage.  The degree of genetic damage or genotoxicity increases with duration of tobacco use, according to researchers from the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Bharathiar, Coimbatore. The results will be published in an upcoming issue of the scientific journal of toxicology and occupational health. The study was conducted in 85 men and women addicted to chewing tobacco in rural areas of Salem district. An equal number of tobacco-free is the healthy subjects in the study. A number of studies indicate a close relationship with the cancer risk of smokeless tobacco. It is a major risk factor for oral cancer and cancers of other organs such as lung, … Read entire article »

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Poor labelling of chewing tobacco hides risk

More than 80% of chewing tobacco products sold in England do not comply with legislation, according to a report seen by BBC News. The Race Equality Foundation together with the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) foundation found that only 15% of such products are sold with relevant health warnings or adequate labelling. Many chewing tobacco products do not even state if they contain tobacco. People may be consuming harmful ingredients without knowing it. Amanda Standford, head researcher at ASH, says there needs to better regulation of the products. ”We need there to be an audit of all the products that are out there and then they need to be labelled according to current legislation. “That way consumers are at least better informed about whether it is safe or not to use them.” Chewing tobacco is a … Read entire article »

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Should chewing tobacco be banned from baseball?

Washington Post in January that he was struggling to quit his smokeless tobacco habit; he says he was prompted by his former San Diego State college coach Tony Gwynn’s diagnosis of salivary gland cancer, which Gwynn blamed on his chewing tobacco habit.”I was one of those kids who picked it up based on seeing ballplayers do it,” Strasburg told the Post. “It’s not a good thing, and I don’t want to represent myself like that.” Smokeless tobacco use among high school males — the primary users — has risen by 36 percent from 2003 to 2009 after being on a slight decline. Just how much of that increase can be attributed to modeling MLB players remains unknown, says McGoldrick. What’s firmly established is the habit’s risks: oral cancer, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic … Read entire article »

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$5 Million Settlement in Chewing Tobacco Case

The Associated Press reports that U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. has settled a wrongful death lawsuit by agreeing to pay $5 million to the family of a 42-year-old man who died from tongue cancer after chewing spit tobacco since he was 13. According to the article, this settlement is a first of its kind among suits against smokeless tobacco companies. Mark Gottlieb, Director of Tobacco Products Liability Project at Northeastern School of Law, was quoted as calling this settlement “a wakeup call to the plaintiff’s bar that there are a lot of victims of smokeless tobacco use out there and it’s possible these cases can be successful.” Attorney Antonio Ponvert III noted that “the settlement came as the tobacco industry tries to weaken proposed tougher warning labels on tobacco products and is marketing … Read entire article »

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“Chewing tobacco use rises among high-school boys”

San Francisco Giants slugger Pat Burrell sneaks a pinch in the dugout, his lip swollen with a wad of chaw in his TV close-ups. At the plate, the back pocket of Pablo Sandoval bulges with a round tin of chewing tobacco. It’s hard to miss the signs of a chewing tobacco habit that Major League Baseball can’t seem to quit — a decade after the minor leagues kicked chaw out of their dugouts. The use of chewing tobacco is rising among high school boys, even as overall tobacco use continues to fall, and anti-tobacco forces want Major League Baseball to step to the plate and ban the substance from its fields.”Many teenagers worship these baseball players,” said Danny McGoldrick, vice president for research at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Clearly, they … Read entire article »

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