Some may have recently picked up the harmful habit – while others may be veterans of chewing. Either way, negative effects can take place in a short amount of time – or vice versa. That’s why it’s important to be on the lookout for certain warning signs – since the consequences can differ from person to person. In fact, no one body is the same – or reacts the same for that matter – but being mindful of the danger signs that come with this smokeless substance serves as a place to start.
In turn, there are five being, “a sore in your mouth that bleeds easily and doesn’t heal, a lump or thickening anywhere in the mouth or neck, any soreness or swelling in your mouth that doesn’t go away, a red or white patch in your mouth that doesn’t go away; difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving your tongue or jaw.” Through these signs comes the danger of something more if the addict isn’t careful; that’s why consulting a medical professional is crucial because the person could be undergoing early stages of cancer.
Not only that, but these signs shouldn’t be dismissed – or swept underneath the rug; as a result, it’s crucial that they aren’t ignored because of their severity. But even so, some people will try and bare through the pain that they feel – and/or disregard it. In fact, one dip of chewing tobacco – being left in a person’s mouth to sit – is the equivalent of smoking multiple cigarettes. The reasoning behind this is because of the insane amount of nicotine that chewing tobacco carries versus cigarettes; some may even engage in this pastime while scrolling through their phone because doing so can induce a large amount of anxiety and/or FOMO (fear of missing out).
Other drugs may not cause direct pain – right away at least – but this is where chewing tobacco differs; for one might not see what is taking place – within his/her liver – as he/she drinks. The same goes for those who use drugs because the damage might not be evident at first after the high is over. But with chewing tobacco, there is a direct pain on the mouth that’s unpleasant – making it hard to ignore. Yet, some still choose to do so – despite the signs – until what once seemed like a small issue, turns into a much bigger one.
In conclusion, it’s important to always be on the lookout for warning signs in those close to you – and even in yourself, if you struggle to overcome addiction. In doing so, you can seek help before it’s too late – but if not, you could risk developing lifelong health issues. Although withdrawal symptoms may cause discomfort – the end result will be well worth when you find yourself drug-free.