Can you get cancer from nicotine gum?
- RobsteriarkLv 73 weeks agoFavorite Answer
Yes. Nicotine is powerfully carcinogenic, no
matter how you consume it.
When tobacco chewing was still popular a disproportionate number of users ended up with a much higher rate of oral cancers mostly of the tongue, jaws and throat.
Nicotine gum releases much less nicotine per stick of gum than chewing tobacco, but the risk remains.
- LANLv 73 weeks ago
There is a risk associated with it. But just like every single "does ____ cause cancer" that is asked here over and over, it doesn't cause cancer, it just increases your risk for it. And the studies that have come out making their claims say that it MAY be associated with an increased risk. Meaning that they can't conclusively prove their assumption
- PippinLv 73 weeks ago
Nicotine is NOT a significant carcinogen. What causes cancer from tobacco are other substances in it. Nicotine is what makes tobacco addictive, and encourages the person to keep using it -- so they are at risk of developing cancer from the tar in the tobacco.
Nicotine gum and patches and the like (and vaping, to some extent), are harm-reduction tools. By providing the smoker with nicotine, without those other MORE harmful substances, the person will satisfy his addiction/craving, without the use of riskier tobacco. Then, hopefully, he can wean off the nicotine.
Obviously no-one is going to use nicotine gum unless he's already a tobacco user, so if he does later develop cancer, it's far more likely to be from the tobacco, not the gum.
- 3 weeks ago
Yes. Nicotine has long been recognized as a carcinogen but big tobacco is trying to rebrand it as smoked nicotine is the carcinogen, or tobacco is the carcinogen... Remember, big tobacco actually paid doctors to say smoking was healthy.
"The cancer risk from using nicotine gum and lozenges is higher than previously thought, The Times has reported. According to the newspaper new research has found that the nicotine levels “that are typically found in smoking cessation products” can interact with a mutation that increases the risk of cancer."
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- 3 weeks ago
if you smoke it, yes