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Is smokeless tobacco as addictive as cigarettes?

Oral tobacco use can be just as addictive and as difficult to kick as smoking. Over the course of a day, the average oral tobacco user takes in an equivalent amount of nicotine as a smoker, however it is in less frequent and higher doses. In addition, smokeless tobacco manufacturers manipulate pH factors in their snuff; the higher the pH levels, the more easily nicotine is absorbed. Although overall nicotine levels tend to be similar between smokeless and smoked tobacco, smokeless tobacco users tend to have somewhat higher blood levels of nicotine, for longer periods of time, than do smokers.

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