smokeless tobacco

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Tobacco in a form that enables the user to satisfy nicotine addiction without combusting the dried leaves. Two common forms are chewing tobacco and snuff, which is fine-powdered tobacco leaves retained for long periods in the mouth in the buccogingival pouch or inhaled. Chewing tobacco causes ulceration and ultimately cancer of the tongue or gums, and snuff causes perforation of the nasal septum and cancer of the nasal mucosa or paranasal sinuses.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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