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Waterpipe, Hookah, Chew, Spit, Dip

Waterpipe hookah smoking

Waterpipes or hookahs are devices used to smoke moist tobacco or other herbal products. These products, usually sweetened and flavoured, are heated by charcoal or other heat sources to create smoke. The smoke is then cooled as it passes through a water-filled chamber before being inhaled through a hose fitted with a mouthpiece.

Some waterpipes have a single hose that is shared among a group of users. Other pipes have multiple hoses so that a group of people to smoke from the same pipe at the same time.

Waterpipe or hookah smoking is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes.

Chew, spit, dip and other smokeless products

Tobacco that is chewed is often called dip or spit. It contains nicotine and is addictive. It also contains abrasives that make tiny cuts in the mouth that allows the nicotine to be absorbed.

It is popular among youth and young adults and has been linked to some sports including hockey and baseball. If you see someone using chew or spit they will likely have a bulge in the cheek where they park it and they may carry a can to spit the juice in. 

Smokeless products can also be found in a powder or snuff form that is put between the lower lip and jaw. Like all tobacco products it contains chemicals, many of which can cause cancers.

People who use chew, dip, and spit are not only at risk for developing oral cancers, they can also develop permanent gum recession, mouth sores, stomach irritations, and ulcers.

Smokeless tobacco is not harmless. Ingredients include:

  • Polonium 210, nuclear waste,
  • N-Nitrosamines that cause cancer,
  • Formaldehyde, an embalming fluid,
  • Nicotine to addict you,
  • Cyanide and arsenic, both poisons,
  • Benzene used in insecticides and motor fuels.
Rotting teeth and gums
People who use chew, dip and spit are not only at risk for developing oral cancers, they can also develop permanent gum recession, mouth sores, stomach irritations and ulcers.
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