Every year more than 2.5 million older Americans may be victims of elder abuse, and in some cases dentists serve as the first line of defense.
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Absolutely not. Some wrongly believe that spit tobacco is safer than smoking cigarettes. But spit tobacco is more addictive because it contains higher levels of nicotine than cigarettes and can be harder to quit than cigarettes. One can of snuff delivers as much nicotine as 80 cigarettes.
About 440,000 Americans die every year from various types of tobacco use. The majority of these deaths are from oral cancer. Other cancers caused by tobacco include cancer of the pancreas, nasal cavity, urinary tract, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, intestines and the stomach. Long-term spit tobacco users have a much greater risk of developing oral cancer than non-users, and spit tobacco users are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
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