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Originally posted by aaron2209
If you want over the top tobacco control, come to Australia.
For a number of years now they have been checking the ID of anyone that may look under 25. This is for both alcohol and tobacco which both have an age restriction of 18.
There is no advertising allowed at all. No TV, radio, billboards, newspaper, sponsorships of anything.
All tobacco products have to be out of sight in stores.
We pay around $25 for a pack of 40s with something like 75% of that being government tax.
No smoking in bars, pubs, clubs, restuarants, public transport, some beaches, parks, playgrounds.
Have to be something like 5 meters from building entrances.
The latest move by lobby groups and government is plain packaging that they are hoping to come in this year sometime. Tobacco companies are taking the government to court regarding this.
All the while deeming electronic cigarettes and all forms of smokeless tobacco either illegal or taxed so heavily it's not worth it.
Hmmmm is the health of the people most important or the $5B profit the Australian government reaps?
Cancer. Your risk of certain types of cancer increases if you use chewing tobacco or other types of smokeless tobacco. This includes esophageal cancer and various types of oral cancer, including cancers of your mouth, throat, cheek, gums, lips and tongue. You also face increased risks related to pancreatic cancer and kidney cancer.
Cavities. Chewing tobacco and other forms of smokeless tobacco cause tooth decay. That's because chewing tobacco contains high amounts of sugar, which contributes to cavities. Chewing tobacco also contains coarse particles that can irritate your gums and scratch away at the enamel on your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
Gum disease. The sugar and irritants in chewing tobacco and other forms of smokeless tobacco can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth in the area of your mouth where you place the chew. Over time you can develop gum disease, which can be severe enough to destroy the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth (periodontitis) and lead to tooth loss.
Heart disease. Smokeless tobacco increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Some evidence suggests that long-term use of smokeless tobacco increases your risk of dying of certain types of heart disease and stroke.
Precancerous mouth lesions. Smokeless tobacco increases your risk of developing small white patches called leukoplakia (loo-koh-PLAY-kee-uh) inside your mouth where the chew is most often placed. These mouth lesions are precancerous — meaning that the lesions could one day become cancer.