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Smokeless Tobacco (Grades 4 to 6)



Smokeless Tobacco (Grades 4 to 6)
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.65

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    addictive, arsenic, craving, cyanide, formaldehyde, macho, smokeless, tobacco, bloodstream, therefore, user, cigarettes, possibility, cholesterol, formerly, supportive
     content words:    Disease Control, Bill Tuttle, Detroit Tigers, Joe Garagiola, Hank Aaron


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     Spanish: Tabaco sin humo


Smokeless Tobacco
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Smokeless tobacco is any tobacco that is not smoked. The term smokeless tobacco usually refers to chewing tobacco and snuff. Snuff is a tobacco that users dip between their lower lip and gum, while chewing tobacco is a tobacco that users place between the cheek and gum. Smokeless tobacco contains nicotine like cigarettes do. The nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream. It is addictive and causes the person to crave more, just as a person would crave another cigarette. Ironically, though, more nicotine gets into your body using smokeless tobacco than smoking cigarettes. Besides nicotine, smokeless tobacco contains the dangerous ingredients of formaldehyde, arsenic, lead, and cyanide!
 
2     The image of baseball players using smokeless tobacco doesn't help promote the idea that it can be so dangerous. Instead, this can seem appealing to those who don't know the facts. The facts are that about 70% of those using smokeless tobacco have sores in their mouths. Using smokeless tobacco can destroy taste buds. Mouth cancer is a real possibility to users.
 
3     Smokeless tobacco will also cause yellow-brown stains and wear down the user's teeth. It causes bad breath. It raises blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Therefore, it increases the chance that the user will have a heart attack.

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