Research Snuffs Out Notion that Smokeless Tobacco is Lesser of Two Evils

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Millions of Americans make the New Year’s resolution to stop smoking, but far too many break ranks before January 2. Their dismal success rate has health officials scrambling to come up with easier ways to quit, and many have toyed with the idea that smokeless tobacco could ease the transition off cigarettes. But research by University of Florida scientists suggests that tactic would be a catch-22, especially in younger smokers.

  • Promoting smokeless tobacco could encourage nonsmokers to pick up a dangerous and addictive habit.
  • Forty percent of 17-year-olds who were only using smokeless tobacco had either added cigarettes to the use of smokeless tobacco or completely switched to smoking four years later.

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