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Smoking and Tobacco

Copenhagen and Diabetes

04/14/2010

Question:

what is copenhagen snuff made out of other than nicotine. i have been reading increasing risk of heart disease for continued use but i do not see any mention of diabetes; and i am wondering if this product causes high blood sugar in diabetics.

Answer:

Copenhagen is tobacco, not just nicotine. As such, there are multiple chemicals involved, some of which are known to cause cancer. I am unaware of an increased diabetes risk, but many spit tobacco products like Copenhagen have added some sugar. The question that you might be asking yourself is: "If I'm already dealing with a long-term, life and health threatening illness (diabetes), do I really need to add this extra risk?

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Response by:

Rob  Crane, MD Rob Crane, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University