Week 2-3 Forum.docx - A statistic that I feel has always been misleading or confusing is with the negative effects of smokeless tobacco Is a smoker

Week 2-3 Forum.docx - A statistic that I feel has always...

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A statistic that I feel has always been misleading or confusing is with the negative effects of smokeless tobacco. Is a smoker better off, health-wise, switching to a smokeless tobacco? I do not use any form of tobacco and personally believe that there are some very harmful ingredients in all forms of tobacco but I do think that the statistics that exist are incomplete and difficult to properly interpret. One article that I found said that switching to smokeless tobacco is 10-1,000 times less hazardous than smoking a cigarette. 10-1,000? Why such an enormous gap? I understand that certain types of tobacco are more hazardous than others but this statistic is confusing. Many doctors claim that smokeless tobacco is just as lethal as smoking a cigarette but the death statistics are unable to justify that statement. The number of deaths in 2013 among smokers was almost 440,000 but when asked what the death numbers were for smokeless tobacco users, a number could not be given.

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