Did you know people consume tobacco in other ways than smoking it?

Chewing

Smokeless tobaccos are consumed by chewing, sucking or inhaling the tobacco. This form of consuming is no safer than smoking the tobacco. Cancer Research UK notes that there is good evidence that smokeless tobacco is a cause of oral and oesophageal cancers and that using smokeless tobacco products increases the risk of pancreatic and liver cancer as well as heart disease, and periodontal disease.

Chewing tobacco is most common in the south Asian communities and it is mainly chewed with other products such as paan and betal quid. The use of these products increases the impact on the oral cavity so for further information on these products and smokeless tobacco, please visit the links below.

ASH Fact sheet

Briefings by the Race Equality Foundation

Water pipe

Water Pipe Smoking is a product that passes smoke that is usually from tobacco mixture through water prior to being inhaled. This from of smoking is usually referred to Shisha or Hookah. Tobacco users should quit all tobacco products to reduce health risks. Hookah smoking is NOT a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes.

The most commonly used water pipe is made up of one-third tobacco mixed with two-thirds honey and fruit flavours. Most people are lead to believe that smoking Shisha is safer than the conventional cigarette because of the fruit flavouring mixture that is contained in the water pipes. However evidence suggests that the main concern for smoking tobacco in this form is the threat of Carbon Monoxide poisoning which occurs from the combustion from the coal5. For further information, please visit the links below.

Statistics/Fact Sheet – Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

Water pipe briefing  – NCSCT

Did you know…

Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health, and the good news is that the risk to your heart decreases significantly soon after you stop.

By quitting you’ll be improving your own health by dramatically reducing your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers.  You’ll feel better, and have more money to spend on other things that you enjoy.