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    Hi,

    I was wondering if anyone knows the levels of polyamoratic hydrocarbons in cigs vs. snuff? I have had a stem cell implant to repair a broken humerus, and I know that smoking will not be helpful in the healing process, but I am extremely addicted to tobacco. Does anyone know if using snuff would be the lesser of two evils, and any other information on the effect it will have on the stem cells.

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    you're addicted to tobacco or smoking?


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    Nicotine.
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    Probably addicted to nicotine. Though I think one can be physically addicted to the action of smoking to some extent. portcontrol7, I'd recommend giving it all up, seriously. But to give you the kind of answer you're looking for, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are known carcinogens, are produced by the incomplete combustion of carbon-containing compounds, including tobacco. So, if the tobacco wasn't being smoked and thus combusted it wouldn't be producing the PAHs. I can't say anything specific as to the effect on stem cells, but I guarantee you that tobacco in general won't have a positive effect on anything.

    EDIT: I was typing this while the above post was posted and thus didn't see the 'nicotine.'
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    As a smoker myself i can sympathise with you regarding your addiction. Just to state the obvious, if you were to give up it would of course render this question obsolete.

    As far as i am aware polyaromatic hydrocarbons are formed during the burning process and occur not only in smoking but also in items such as grilled meat. So snuff would probably be your best bet although this would not necessarily overcome your "cigarette" addiction as part of the addiction itself involves buying, rolling, lighting and holding a cigarette.

    If you can it wouldn't be a bad idea to consider giving up now that you have an additional motive and buying some nicotine patches and some wine gums. Good luck.
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    Thanks Cat and Chemboy, I'm sitting here post op, drugged up on vicodins with the stem cells hopefully forming bone in my humerus.

    I feel like an idiot, but I am still dipping despite the terrifying possibility of it affecting my healing, which I need to happen financially. If there ever was evidence to never pick up, or at least not for the sake of being "cool", I'm it.

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