CDC: Smokeless tobacco rise in Arkansas youth

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - According tothe Centers for Disease Control, Arkansas ranks second in the nation for smokelesstobacco use among youth.

Dr. Shane Speights withSt. Bernards said rumors on chewing tobacco can be misleading.

"Teens and even adultsthat use smokeless tobacco think it's a lot safer than actually smoking acigarette or a cigar," he said. "There might not be a risk of lung cancer withsmokeless tobacco, but there is a much higher chance of oral pharyngeal cancer."

Chris Mabe said he's beenchewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes since he was 13-years-old. It's beenmostly cigarettes for him but he's turned to chewing tobacco in an effort tokick the smoking habit.

"I've slowed down on smokingcigarettes and every once in awhile I'll choose chewing tobacco," he said.

Dr. Speights recommends adifferent approach that cuts the tobacco use all together.

"Choose a nicorette gum orsome type of nicotine patch," Speights said. "There are also good prescriptionmedications now."

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