If You Snus, You Lose: Study Shows Benefits of Quitting Smokeless Tobacco

June 25, 2014 4:53 PM

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The adverse effects of smoking are well known and documented. The effect of smokeless tobacco is less clear. Now a study from Sweden, published in Circulation, offers evidence that quitting smokeless tobacco after a heart attack is about as beneficial as quitting smoking. The results do not support the common view that smokeless tobacco is a safe alternative to smoking.

In their main analysis, the investigators analyzed the risk for death in Swedish heart attack (myocardial infarction) patients, 675 of whom had quit using snus (the Swedish form of oral snuff) after MI and 1799 of whom continued to use snus. After 2.1 years of follow-up, the mortality rate was reduc...

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