Zee News New Delhi: 80 percent of more than 300 million consumers of smokeless tobacco in 70 countries belong to India and Bangladesh, a report on the global use of smokeless tobacco has claimed.
The report ‘Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health: A Global Perspective’ has claimed that majority of smokeless tobacco users (89 percent) are in Southeast Asia, which also has the highest oral cancer rates in the world.
As many as 32 leading experts from around the world contributed to the report, which was released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.
Chewing Tobacco can cause:
- Mouth, tongue, cheek, gum, and throat cancer
- Cancer in the esophagus (the swallowing tube that goes from your mouth to your stomach)
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Possible increase in risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke
- Addiction to nicotine (which can lead to smoking)
- Leukoplakia (white sores in the mouth that can become cancer)
- Receding gums (gums slowly shrink from around the teeth) and gum disease (gingivitis)
- Bone loss around the roots of the teeth
- Abrasion (scratching and wearing down) of teeth
- Cavities and tooth decay
- Tooth loss
- Stained and discolored teeth
- Bad breath