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For Smokers Only: How Smokeless Tobacco Can Save Your Life Paperback – October 18, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0945819776 ISBN-10: 0945819773

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Sulzburger & Graham Publishing Ltd. (October 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945819773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945819776
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,875,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By violinsoldier on June 18, 2004
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I recently acquired this book, and couldn't put it down. I have smoked for 21 years, a pack-a-day. Before I bought this book (about a week or so), I made the decision to switch to smokeless tobacco. I came across this book and bought it to reinforce my decision.
Dr. Brad Rodu, Professor and Chair of Oral Pathology with the School of Dentistry with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, explodes all the myths and misconceptions concerning smokeless tobacco and it's health risks, including the big one that switchers trade one form of cancer for another. He includes many useful statistics to back up his claims, which are ignored by the fanatical anti-tobacco prohibitionists. While there is a slight increase of risk for oral cancer among smokeless users over the risk among non-tobacco users, the other problems associated with smokeless tobacco use are minimal, especially when compared with smoking tobacco use. The problem, you see, is with the nicotine delivery system. Combustion of tobacco causes 3,000 different chemicals to enter the lungs and all other organs and systems in the body. Not good. Radu points out that nicotine is what we are addicted to, NOT all the carcinogens and deadly toxins contained in tobacco smoke. Smokeless also doesn't produce harmful second-hand smoke, or discolor clothes and homes, or make burn-holes in beds and car seats, or cause house and forest fires, or stink up everything around it in general, like automobiles. He compares nicotine to caffeine, as both drugs have similar effects on the body, are both addictive, and neither is thought to directly contribute to any serious disease or health problem.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2002
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This is a book of practical advice for people who already smoke. The basic message is that smokers are nicotine addicts who find it very hard to quit. The good news is that nicotine by itself is not really harmful (unless one takes a really big dose); it is the smoke in cigarettes that is deadly. From a smoker's viewpoint (and a Public Health perspective) the first priority should be to stay away from smoke. If you can later quite using nicotine, so much the better but getting the smoke out of your body is what is really important. Unfortunately, most of the "stop smoking" products such as the nicotine patch do not deliver enough nicotine to satisfy a smoker's craving. Hence most attempts at smoking fail. The solution is to find a way to get a good jolt of nicotine without the intake of smoke.
An important and practical message of this book is that
Smokers can dramatically decrease their risk of lung and oral cancers by switching to some of the new smokeless tobacco products. These products are not the old "chewing tobacco". They are mint-size bits of tobacco (I have found out that brand names are Oliver Twist, Exalt, and, in test market areas in Topeka KS and Youngstown OH, Revel.)that can be placed in the mouth. Once you are used to them, there is no need to spit etc. There is also a minty pill (Brand name Ariva ) that may be even easier to use.
The author is not a quack. He is a respected medical researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1997
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If you're hooked on cigarettes, this oral cancer expert tells you precisely how to stay alive and well with the radical, but scientifically grounded advice to switch to smokeless tobacco. The author says 400,000 Americans die each year from smoking. If they all switched, they'd still satisfy their nicotine craving with almost no ill effects. He takes on the anti-tobacco movement -- including organized medicine -- and says the credo "do no harm" means telling addicted smokers to switch if they can't quit. Plain English, lots of history and science. Most helpful
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Weyapuk on August 1, 2008
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Alright first off I have not read the book. This is a comment on the concept of replacing smoking tobacco with smokeless(chewing) tobacco.
I am 35 and have been an 18 year smoker. LOVE my cigarettes. Feels SO good to take that smoke into my lungs. I ended up in the hospital few times because my heart was doing strange things. Had pain in my arm and very irregular heartbeat that scared the daylights out of me.
Sometimes I would get very sad thinking about my beautiful 9 year old daughter and how there is a very good chance I might die from smoking when my daughter is still very young because I cannot give up the smokes. I watched my father have many heart attacks from smoking but he kept on. "How am I ever GOING TO QUIT!!!???" I would ask myself.
Well one day a little over two weeks ago after getting out of the hospital I decided to try quitting again and this time i bought some snus(chewing tobacco).
Now the thing to realize about cigarette addiction is that it's 90% mental. yes the nicotine addiction is strong but it only lasts a week and if it were merely a matter of physical addiction we could just go a week until the nicotine had left our bodies and never think about it again. The truth is however that we are in love with our fix.
My goal was to prove this to myself. Now in the beginning I really had some strong cravings fro the smokes but I told myself that really I'm craving nicotine and forced myself to take a dip of chew even though I didn't desire it. Sure enough 10 minutes later I got the nicotine in my system and the craving for a smoke was 95% gone. Do this repeatedly. You must force yourself. It has been two weeks now and I'm hardly thinking about cigarettes at all. I cannot BELIEVE how much better I feel.
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