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Pipe Tobacco Health Risks

It may seem like pipe tobacco is less harmful than cigarette smoking, however this is not true. When pipe tobacco is smoked it releases harmful chemicals and toxins that are inhaled, and may also get into the bloodstream. Smoking pipe tobacco also increases the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease. Inhaling pipe tobacco smoke is not safe and may also cause issues with pre-existing conditions, throat and mouth irritation, and throat and mouth infection. Pipe tobacco is also quite addictive, with an average of about 30 to 50 milligrams of nicotine per gram. Pipe tobacco smokers don’t usually inhale as much as cigarette smokers, however some nicotine still does reach the bloodstream after being absorbed through the linings of the mouth.


  • Pipe tobacco causes cancer.
  • There is a higher chance of lung cancer from pipe tobacco use.
  • People who smoke pipe tobacco have a higher risk of heart disease.
  • Smoking pipe tobacco damages the blood vessels in the body which can also lead to erectile dysfunction.
  • Pipe tobacco use can also lead to gum disease and other oral health issues.


It’s important that we raise awareness of the many serious health risks associated with tobacco use. Educating tobacco users about the impact its use has on their bodies, and encouraging health organizations to promote prevention campaigns can be a great step in battling tobacco use.



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