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Chewing Tobacco

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

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So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist!

So we’ve spoken a lot about cigarette smoke and how bad it is, but what about chewing tobacco, is that really all that bad? and guys, it is horrendous. When I was in the military, I had a patient who basically lost all of his jaw at least on one side to the cancers that are caused by chewing tobacco. Not only is it gross and disgusting and not only do you occasionally have that moment where you pick up the spit jar and you drink the spit which is disgusting, but it is horrible for you. Please figure out why you’re chewing tobacco in the first place, because it’s not that it tastes good. It’s not that it’s good for you. It’s because it’s fulfilling a psychologic need that you have that could be handled healthfully, instead of unhealthfully. If you start shifting your mindset into I am a healthful individual and you tell yourself that a hundred times a day, eventually, once you start putting that chew in your mouth, you’ll say hold on, this is not congruent with who I am and you’ll get rid of it. Get the help that you need. Almost every state that I know of has a hotline that you can call and they will help you get off of your tobacco addiction. Your primary care doctor, your dermatologist, any health care professional will help and will have resources but ultimately the choice is yours. Do you care enough about yourself? Do you care enough about your loved ones? Do you care about being able to eat because you still have a jaw?

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!

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