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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tobacco chewing poses cancer threat

South Asian men are more likely than any other group in New Jersey to use chewing tobacco -- and health officials are concerned that many actually believe it is good for them.

In the first study of its kind, researchers at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey drilled down through reams of federal data about tobacco use to learn about the smoking and tobacco use of South Asian immigrants.

They found that 2.7 percent of South Asian men use smokeless tobacco, compared with 1 percent of white men and 0.3 percent of black men.

Indian men were more likely to chew tobacco than Pakistani or Bangladeshi men, and Pakistanis were more likely to smoke cigarettes than the other immigrant groups.

Women from South Asia were more likely to take up smoking, upon immigrating to the northeastern United States, while men were more likely to quit.

"What we know about South Asians is that tobacco use is very deeply rooted in their culture," said Cristine D. Delnevo, the lead author of the study published in the most recent issue of Journal of Oncology, a special edition about smoking and cancer. . . .



This study was the first to use "country of origin" information to analyze cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use.

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