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Old 07-06-2006, 01:34 PM   #1
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nicotine and tobacco vs. smoking

Hello. I am 18 years old and I have pretty bad degenerative disk disease in my L5/S1 level and sort of in my L4 L5. I am very frustrated due to ongoing pain for nearly a year. I have never once smoked a cigarette, but I usually dip or chew about 2-4 times per month. Just out of curiosity, is nicotine or tobacco bad for your back, or just the smoke in the lungs that contributes to a lack of oxygen?

I am fully aware of how many problems nicotine can cause in your body (esp. addiction), but in terms of disk health are there any consequences to using smokeless tobacco products? What about someone with back problems who uses smokeless tobacco on a more regular basis? (daily, etc) thanks for all the help

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Old 07-06-2006, 05:30 PM   #2
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Re: nicotine and tobacco vs. smoking

Propose the question to your doctor.. I would imagine it's the tobacco in general . As much as you are a health nut.. it's a no brainer. Switch to gum for awhile or forever. You will be much better for it. It's a hard one to quit just like smokers.. I know many that have had a really hard time giving up the chew & snuff.

Good luck to you. All the best! Tammy

Old 07-07-2006, 04:33 AM   #3
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Re: nicotine and tobacco vs. smoking

hoyt I dipped the copenhagen for years and tried to quit alot of times..Chic's really dig it .. But it was to hard to stop , my doctor told me I would have to stop because it would hurt the chance of not fusing, the day before surgery in April 2004 I had my last chew , I still feel the same and love to smell it out of the can , but the spit gross's me out now..I'm glad I stopped my teeth are a little briter now

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Old 07-07-2006, 07:32 AM   #4
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Re: nicotine and tobacco vs. smoking it's the nicotine not the smoke i guess.

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