Is Chewing Tobacco Better For You Than Smoking?

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

Most of us know smoking tobacco can cause
cancer, but what if you chew it instead? Spoiler alert: still terrible, don’t do
it, unless you just love infections. Hey smokin’ hotties, Jules here for Dnews. It used to be the case that if you were trying
to quit smoking cigarettes, some health advocates would recommend that you replace the habit
with smokeless tobacco, since it removes the whole cancer-y combustion part of the equation,
and supposedly causes less cancer. But there’s tons of evidence that it does,
in fact, cause cancer, and hey, a study came out this year that not only points to a cancer
risk from smokeless tobacco, but also the very real risk of a horrible bacterial infection. So those health advocates might want to rethink
their chosen careers. See, the big problem with smokeless tobacco
is how it is consumed. You’ve probably seen people using it; they’ll
often look like they have a big old lump in their cheek. That lump is tobacco, and users generally
hold it against their gum line for long periods of time, as the nicotine is absorbed. But you’re not really supposed to hold anything
in your mouth for that long and the tissues inside of your mouth, called mucous membranes,
aren’t as strong as they are on the outside of your body. The mucous membranes *figuratively* open the
door for all sorts of nasty cancerous chemicals and bacterial infections. But first it makes sense to understand the
problem with tobacco in general. Most of us know that smoking tobacco is one
of the biggest causes of lung cancer by far, and does so by altering your body’s DNA. A number of chemicals found in cigarettes
are specifically labelled as culprits in DNA damage, including benzene, polonium-210, benzo(a)pyrene,
and nitrosamines. And most of those show up before anything
is even burned, aka combusted. Combustion is a chemical reaction, and leaves
lots of little byproducts, a number of which are known carcinogens. Whether it’s burning meat on a grill, which
we recently did a video about, or lighting up a cigarette, combustion is generally known
to produce these carcinogens. But removing the smoke part only really addresses
a small part of the cancer-causing problem with tobacco. Smokeless tobacco, which can take on the form
of snuff, snus, dissolvable or chewable tobacco still contains stuff like nitrosamine, which
is considered one of the most reliable cancer causing agents in tobacco, and comes from
a chemical reaction nicotine undergoes when it oxidizes during drying, also called “curing”. In fact, smokeless tobacco is well known to
cause cancers of the mouth and throat. Even Babe Ruth died from cancer of the upper
throat, very likely due to chewing tobacco. No one is immune. And speaking of immune, smokeless tobacco
isn’t just a cancer risk. A paper published in the journal Applied and
Environmental Microbiology in August of 2016 showed a link between opportunistic infections
and smokeless tobacco. It says that there’s a type of bacteria
group called “Bacillus” that can live in smokeless tobacco and infect your mouth. A different study in Clinical and Diagnostic
Laboratory Immunology found five species of bacillus in chewing tobacco sold in the US
— so the bacteria is already there when you buy it. Some of these species are known to cause vomiting,
diarrhea, and even emit a toxin that can make you very sick. And even worse, other forms of this bacteria
can produce the exact kinds of nitrosamines we mentioned earlier that are known to cause
cancer. The problem is that smokeless tobacco is a
prime transporter for opportunistic infections, which describes an infection that generally
only happens when there is a prolonged opportunity. As we mentioned earlier, in order to get nicotine
into your body from your mouth without swallowing it, the piece of tobacco is held against your
mucous membranes in order to flow right through them. This creates the perfect opportunity for bacteria
to jump into your bloodstream right alongside the nicotine, and next thing you know, you’ve
got toxin-producing Bacillius running rampant. Look, it’s 2016 and the evidence is clear
as day: tobacco is generally bad news, and the more we learn about it, the worse it is. So do yourself a favor. Spit it out. So smoking can obviously give you cancer and
chew can give you cancer and infections, but those aren’t the only things to worry about. What about how smokers always look older than
their nonsmoking counterparts? Why is that? Find out in this video. And if you have any other smoking related
questions, let us know down below in the comments and don’t forget to like and subscribe for
more DNews everyday.



Feb 2, 2019, 8:15 am Reply

No second hand smoke

6.4L HemiPower

Feb 2, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

Can you show us Factual evidence instead of opinion based. It’s very simple use Listerine after you finish chewing or dipping kills any and all “bacteria” left. That said GOLDEN BLEND RED MAN !!!!


Feb 2, 2019, 5:42 am Reply

Shut up nerd

Gaunter O’Dimm

Feb 2, 2019, 10:16 am Reply

I'm here from Red dead 2.

Iwwi of the mist First

Feb 2, 2019, 8:27 pm Reply

I was about to buy a pack off snuff until i saw this i dident feel like it anymore lol


Feb 2, 2019, 3:02 am Reply

I'm watching this with some Levi garret in


Feb 2, 2019, 10:02 pm Reply

I dont know anyone who has mouth cancer from chew, Nor do THEY know anyone who has gotten mouth cancer from chew. Yet EVERY single one of us know someone who has cancer from smoking.
I think "chewing causes cancer" is total BS.

whig hater

Feb 2, 2019, 5:25 pm Reply

Smoke the dip

Austin Schroeder

Feb 2, 2019, 4:02 pm Reply

That’s not what Dr. Rodu said.

Hunter Patterson

Feb 2, 2019, 8:59 pm Reply

Babe Ruth smoked and drank heavily. Heavy drinking and smoking( not dipping) definitely cause cancer. American moist snuff and chew don't cause cancer. The only American smokeless product that causes cancer is DRY snuff, and generally it takes 40+ years of use to get cancer from it.

Furqan Ali

Feb 2, 2019, 3:38 pm Reply

Seems like he also got a dip in his mouth when he speak ?


Mar 3, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

It only makes u throw up are sick is if you swallow

Reese Scaturro

Mar 3, 2019, 5:02 am Reply

I’ll quit when I get a hole in my mouth and lose my teeth


Mar 3, 2019, 8:38 pm Reply

I like to dip nugs of dank and my girls used tampons. Nothing better than a nice used muff plug in the lip. It improves my immunity and enhances the ferocity of my boners

1 122

Mar 3, 2019, 8:12 pm Reply

I used odens while watching thid

Greed Recycler

Mar 3, 2019, 1:28 pm Reply

Not convincing seeing how stupidly bias and trying way to hard to guilt trip people who do


Mar 3, 2019, 5:40 pm Reply

Snus is bags is MUCH more better than that shit looking boulder of snus

Miguel Vega

Mar 3, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

His name is jule so se should use juuls then

john .bradshaw

Mar 3, 2019, 7:48 pm Reply

Only liberals make these videos

Syed Adnan ali

Mar 3, 2019, 12:20 pm Reply

I love you bhai

Max Koiso

Mar 3, 2019, 2:11 am Reply

Y’all are stupid. Check out studies by doctor Rodu

Max Koiso

Mar 3, 2019, 2:12 am Reply

Also babe Ruth most likely got throat cancer from all the cigarettes he smoked and cigars and all that alcohol which are far more cancer causing than smokeless tobacco


Mar 3, 2019, 4:26 am Reply

Been dipping for 30 years. I brush my teeth and I’m not an animal and my teeth and gums are literally perfect. It’s all these nasty ass people not taking care of themselves that give it a bad rep


Mar 3, 2019, 8:23 pm Reply

Hell yeah I love infections

Democrats are cunts

Mar 3, 2019, 11:30 pm Reply

Intentionally inhaling smoke is worse than dipping. It's a given. If firefighters get workers comp from being around fires a few times a year then it's obvious what's worse.

Ninjay 42

Mar 3, 2019, 3:29 pm Reply

A anti smoker named jule…? the universe is telling us to vape


Mar 3, 2019, 4:56 pm Reply

chew or snus

Whop Zop

Mar 3, 2019, 11:54 am Reply

Know one knows india is king of eating tobacco. Some countries dont even know what is this

Bill Vickers

Mar 3, 2019, 11:24 pm Reply

I've chewed for years and never get infections.

Jeffie Jeff’s Art

Apr 4, 2019, 11:14 pm Reply

It would be great if you put percents of increase in chances of cancer. Everything can increase your chances of cancer. The important part is the percent. Processed meats can cause cancer but the percent is so minimal that you have to eat tons of it everyday for your chances to really increase.

Ruan du Toit

Apr 4, 2019, 4:25 am Reply

Everyone in here please dont just believe someone on the internet.. al tha harmfull chemicals he pointed to! Well O want him to go take a organic lettuce and a non organic one and send them to labs to have analysed.. there wil be harmfull trace elements.. for example we all know apples are healthy.. but 40 apple seeds consumed within 5 minutes will kill a 60kg man.. because of cyanide.. so all these chemicals are just scare tactics.. plus a australian orginisation compiled 19 seperate studies on chewing tabacco and concluded that there is no correlation between chewing tabacco and mouth cancer.. if you want to quit smoking.. please start dipping is way safer..

Jacob Parajecki

Apr 4, 2019, 7:29 am Reply

This video was 100% shite

consistency 14

Apr 4, 2019, 9:24 am Reply

Been using dipping tobacco for 14 years….not one single problem, still got all my teeth (because I take care of them), no cancer, no health problems.

Zombie Dragon

Apr 4, 2019, 3:01 am Reply


burymedeep 2093

Apr 4, 2019, 5:48 am Reply

He doesn't even know the difference between chew and dip.

Dave Edge

Apr 4, 2019, 2:06 am Reply

Have you ever smoked or chewed tobacco? I think not!
There is more bacteria in your greasy hair and scruffy beard than cured chewing tobacco or snus.
Stop copy pasting your selective content and get a life you fool

Dorian Gjevukaj

Apr 4, 2019, 4:17 pm Reply

What brand and type of tobacco is on the thumbnail? Cheers

Jeanluc Girardin

May 5, 2019, 4:06 pm Reply

This is all bullshit

Jeanluc Girardin

May 5, 2019, 4:07 pm Reply

Let me guess he using fentanyl

Alex Brooks

May 5, 2019, 2:34 am Reply

Dip has the same risk of cancer as alcohol not that bad

Samuel Harris

May 5, 2019, 7:13 pm Reply

The FDA makes that up about how “bad” it is for you

Samuel Harris

May 5, 2019, 7:25 pm Reply

Then explain every person that has dipped for like 30 years and there mouth is better than a lot of people


May 5, 2019, 10:19 pm Reply

got an eye infection caused by your beard….. chew on this xD

Cruz Mramirez

May 5, 2019, 3:17 pm Reply

Babe ruth died to cancer of the mouth “ most likely from dip” ? .he had a vary rare salivary gum disease. Witch had nothing to do with dip

TheLegend Purkey

May 5, 2019, 12:26 am Reply

I don't want my dad to die


May 5, 2019, 4:51 am Reply

Pretentious video; no shit it causes cancer.

airplane george

May 5, 2019, 7:17 pm Reply

pretty sure bacillus is pronounced (ba sill us) makes you wonder.

tom andersson

May 5, 2019, 7:33 pm Reply

Who the fook is this guy

Federal Bureau Of Investigation

Jun 6, 2019, 12:50 am Reply

Don't listen to this scum sucking little pig, if you want the truth it's here
The FDA have been screwing with you.

Noe T

Jun 6, 2019, 12:32 pm Reply

Wasn't Babe Ruth a big smoker and drinker? Plus his diet was horrible. These guys are reaching now.

Beaux Dup

Jun 6, 2019, 1:31 am Reply

Living causes cancer. By the way if you don't use tobacco mind your own business and maybe I won't tell you all that fatty food you shove in your mouth won't cause you to get a fat ass!


Jun 6, 2019, 6:26 pm Reply

Why would you blame dip for Babe Ruth’s death when he smoked cigars, cigarettes and drank like a fish?

Antonio Torres

Jun 6, 2019, 8:08 pm Reply

Idiot chewing it or smoking it is not healthy

tony gilbert

Jul 7, 2019, 11:43 pm Reply

Chew tobacco chew tobacco spit


Jul 7, 2019, 6:44 am Reply

Why dont ya b r u s h h


Jul 7, 2019, 4:20 am Reply

I'm worried about my dad…
He does smokeless tobacco and I just cant get him to quit… what should I do???

kyle mutschelknaus

Jul 7, 2019, 3:03 am Reply

Idk I’ve been chewing since I was 9 and have never had a infection

Vincent Vaughan

Jul 7, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

I highly doubt it because smokeless doesn't mean harmless which can lead to cancer and kill yah!


Jul 7, 2019, 9:32 pm Reply

Don’t put anything in ur mouth with dirty hand unless u like infection


Jul 7, 2019, 9:58 am Reply

I wanna die having my mouth full of chew tobacco and cigars on my nose


Jul 7, 2019, 9:59 am Reply

Chew tobbacco CAUSES CANCER
Use Chew vape instead.

Darren The menace

Jul 7, 2019, 5:53 am Reply

I’m chewing right now and laughing at this video ??????

Gustavo Furlan Marroni

Jul 7, 2019, 1:11 pm Reply

"Copenhagen makes me feel so good"


Aug 8, 2019, 3:04 pm Reply

Netflix can cause cáncer too


Aug 8, 2019, 10:56 pm Reply

why do children die from cancer, why do young people that live healthy die from cancer , why do a old man at 97 live and have smoked since the age of 13 still walk among us , i did quit smoking with no drama ,, we all have crazy cells , but the body have a security program if it fails you are out of luck .. not often you hear about heart cancer …it is pure bad luck

J-Stilt 9

Aug 8, 2019, 10:52 am Reply

I've been dipping for about 10 years. I'm starting to worry about my health and how long I can do it without any real complications. I get very bad heartburn sometimes and my gumline has receded quite a bit. Other than that, who knows.

tahir md numan laskar

Aug 8, 2019, 6:11 pm Reply


Immanuel GWU

Aug 8, 2019, 2:54 am Reply

How about just don't smoke or have anything to do with cigarettes or anything in cigarettes ie tobacco. It's a disgusting smelling/tasting thing and a huge waste of money. Get out into nature and breathe in that beautiful fresh air. Use your money for something more beneficial.


Sep 9, 2019, 10:38 am Reply

Thought about old cartoons always spitting tobacco onto a plate to simulate a bell ring, ended up here.

Jakub Šťastný

Sep 9, 2019, 1:55 pm Reply

Black philosophers drink a cup of spit before they spit some truth on life


Sep 9, 2019, 7:26 pm Reply


marcus lundkvist

Sep 9, 2019, 7:53 am Reply

Snus and chewing tobacco are two completely different products.
There is no evidence that snus can kill you, since no one has died as a direct cause of it.
Sure, you "might" get mouth cancer or bacterial infections, but most people don't. You know why? Because of mouth hygiene. Just brush your teeth and use mouthwash daily and you will be fine.

Carlos Soriano

Sep 9, 2019, 11:05 pm Reply

They say tobacco kills but my grandpa used to smoke and drink daily for 45 years straight! But then one day he got hit by a bus and died. Point is we all have our time.

Joe Wilshire

Sep 9, 2019, 5:52 pm Reply

Chewing is alot better than smoking. It's cheaper and safe. They want you to smoke for the tax money and big tobbaco.

Jimmy Boots

Sep 9, 2019, 8:06 am Reply

I'm pretty sure Hot Pockets and rap music cause cancer.


Sep 9, 2019, 3:12 am Reply

Glad to see that there aren’t idiots like this guy in the video throughout the comments

Bailey James

Sep 9, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

Fake news

Michael Jacobs

Sep 9, 2019, 7:54 am Reply

What if you sniff tobacco? Nope. Nasal snuff has never contributed to a case of nasal cancer ever.


Sep 9, 2019, 2:43 am Reply

Everything causes cancer. Even my ass


Sep 9, 2019, 6:30 pm Reply

All these things the noob mentioned in the video can also be applied to people chewing and consuming food.


Sep 9, 2019, 10:34 pm Reply

Who came here after the dipping gum deseas ad??

Mayt Naughton

Oct 10, 2019, 11:45 pm Reply

O man this is stressing me out I need to pack a lip

Gaurav Mathuria

Oct 10, 2019, 5:35 pm Reply

Tobacco limited is not bad

matthew bellamy

Oct 10, 2019, 12:03 pm Reply

Your wrong about snus . Its pasteurized so the nitrates and bacteria is killed of during that process. Therefore snus is better for than smoking and dip n chew . I take snus mainly but I like a dip n chew everynow and then . We all gotta go at some point

ya boi

Oct 10, 2019, 9:57 pm Reply

I could just get cancer so… day as a tiger and all that.

Tyler Barker

Nov 11, 2019, 8:55 pm Reply

in the past

Ian’s Show

Nov 11, 2019, 5:44 am Reply

Smoking doesn’t give you jaw tumors that require you to get your bottom jaw removed to prevent the cancer. Chewing does. Cigars are the best option.

Dragon mon gamer

Nov 11, 2019, 5:36 pm Reply

Short awnser: nope they’re both bad for u


Nov 11, 2019, 8:41 pm Reply

I love me my dip too much to stop


Dec 12, 2019, 3:51 am Reply

My dad does tabbaco and I’ve been trying to get him to stop and he’s tried multiple times but he can’t what do i do I don’t want him to get a terrible disease!!! ???

CT earlybird

Dec 12, 2019, 4:43 am Reply

If you take care of your self and actually brush floss and wash your teeth you’ll be good but you only get one set of lungs do the math

pee poo

Dec 12, 2019, 9:33 pm Reply

Chewing tobacco is very different in asia….very d2

brandi loveee

Dec 12, 2019, 6:32 pm Reply

Dude i've snused for a year, had No infections, much better lungs, addicted to nicotine asf and it helps me concentrate in class. And the only smokless tobacco know to cause cancer is the amarican ones where they fry the tobacco, in Scandinavia we don't so there isn't alot of harmful chemicals that can cause cancer. Snus and smokless tobacco is amazing!

Kaden Ray

Dec 12, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

Ain’t nothin wrong with if u make ur own

Made in USA

Dec 12, 2019, 11:16 pm Reply

Link * true story

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Now applied in Saudi Arabia

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They exposed them in dealing with the tobacco trade

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Thank you

Cole Andersen

Dec 12, 2019, 3:58 am Reply

There's a big big difference in safety, between smokeless tobacco and cigarettes. Of course, chewing isn't good for you. We know that. But to think, chewing and smoking are equally dangerous. You're lying to yourself, and you know you are. Cigarettes kill more than double the people chewing tobacco does. Nicotine itself, is as harmless as caffeine. Its all about how we consume the nicotine. That's the bad part. And consuming it through the lungs is by far, without a doubt worse than chewing. Last note, people who smoke have more than double the chance of getting life threatening cancer, than those who chew.

Waxzy YK

Dec 12, 2019, 9:03 pm Reply

It’s it plus 18

Hungry Orphan

Dec 12, 2019, 4:55 am Reply

Who else had their lip packed full the whole time

Giovanni Sanchez

Dec 12, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

Who is here from watch ing nelk

tom epstein

Dec 12, 2019, 9:38 pm Reply

Even looking at tobacco can kill you … even speaking about it …

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