Vice Squad
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
 
Tobacco Harm Reduction?


One of the perceived advantages of snus, the Swedish form of chewing tobacco, is that it is not nearly as damaging to health as is smoking. Evidence for a link between snus and cancer, for instance, has been so limited that since 2001, snus packages in Sweden have not contained the same cancer warning that appears on other tobacco products. But some new research ties snus to cancer:
A study carried out by the World Health Organisation and released [two weeks ago] followed 10,000 Norwegians, of whom two-thirds were snus-lovers. The results show that users of the popular chewing tobacco increase their risk of contracting mouth or pancreatic cancer by 67%.
Vice Squad turns to snus occasionally (along with khat and absinthe), most recently, here.

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