Ask The Expert
October 16, 2012
Chewing tobacco may be a harmful and unpleasant habit. But itís unlikely to be causing your boyfriendís cough.
A ďsmokerís coughĒ develops when the lungs are persistently irritated by cigarette smoke. In medical lingo, this is called chronic bronchitis. This is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Chewing tobacco, snuff and other forms of smokeless tobacco donít get into the lungs. So they donít appear to cause lung diseases such as emphysema or lung cancer. But smokeless tobacco does have its health risks:
My advice: He should stop chewing tobacco immediately. He may need nicotine replacement to help him quit. He can also ask his doctor for prescription medicine to help reduce nicotine craving and withdrawal symptoms.