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Tobacco use

No safe form of tobacco appears to exist.

Tobacco use causes most lung cancer in the U.S. and is also a cause of mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, pancreas and urinary bladder cancers.

Emphysema, stroke, heart attacks, circulation problems and arteriosclerosis also are caused by tobacco use.

Unfortunately, nicotine appears to be addictive, explaining why stopping its use is so difficult. Nicotine gum can be effective when combined with a stop smoking program.

These programs are sponsored periodically by doctors, hospitals, the cancer society, mental health centers and other agencies.

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