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Snus boosts post-heart attack mortality: study

TT/The Local/dl · 30 Aug 2011, 09:47

Published: 30 Aug 2011 09:47 GMT+02:00

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Drawing on a study of patients who have survived their first heart attack, Swedish researchers found that snus users who stopped using the tobacco product had a 50 percent lower risk of dying within a two years of the heart attack compared to those who continued.

Of the patients who participated in the study, 1,799 continued to use snus after having a heart attack, while 675 quit.

During the approximately two years that the group was tracked by the researchers, 69 patients who continued using snus died, compared to 14 fatalities among the patients who quit.

While previous research has established that quitting smoking following a heart attack has beneficial effects on cardiac health, the potential effects of stopping the use of snus after a heart attack has never been examined previously.

“However, snus's known blood pressure and pulse-raising effects indicate that continued snus use can bring about unwanted extra stress on the heart following a heart attack,” Gabriel Arefalk, a doctoral student at Uppsala Universtity, told the Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) newspaper.

He said that the lower mortality rates among those who stopped using snus may be due to the fact that they were more likely to participate in rehabilitation programmes and start exercising than those who continued with the habit.

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According to Arefalk, more research is needed to ascertain with greater certainty what effects snus has on cardiac health.

“Therefore, it's too early to officially recommend that people stop using snus after a heart attack,” he told the newspaper.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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10:22 August 30, 2011 by nakiboyinsweden
What an awful study! So how did it work?

"sir, are you still using snus?"....


"good good,, just make sure to keep us posted when you die... but whatever you do,, please done stop using snus,, that will totally stuff up our study"..

There are so many factors that could have influenced this study. Of those who stopped using snus, many would also have changed their diet and exercise regimen whereas the careless/carefree ones may have continued to use and not care about such things as diet and exercise..

Which gets me to the point on why these studies are utterly useless other than for a student to achieve a less than deserved phd or masters.

We know smoking is bad for you.. inhaling smoke containing tar and nicotine into your lungs is obviously bad... do you need a study for that??

If you have a heart attack... seems bloody obvious you need to change your attitude towards health and exercise.. do you need a study to tell you that the little bag your shoving into your gums to inject nicotine into your system is not good for you??

People are stupid!.... reminds me of a recent study of how chocolate can in some way aid in being healthy... who was the study funded by you use? the hershey chocolate company... people are stupid!
10:32 August 30, 2011 by Rick Methven
"who was the study funded by you use? the hershey chocolate company... people are stupid! "

I bet this study was NOT funded by Swedish Match
10:38 August 30, 2011 by nakiboyinsweden
Sorry, that sentence was meant to read "who was the study funded by you ask?"

Here's the link

10:41 August 30, 2011 by darky
Do u now see why EU does not accept snus?? hehehe. Sverige says they wanna fight so it is accepted in EU. Let's see how far u guys go.
10:48 August 30, 2011 by nakiboyinsweden
Dont get me wrong.. i don't think Snus or Cigarettes fpr that matter should be banned.. I believe in human accountability and freedom of choice. If a person chooses to poison their own body, they should have the freedom to do so as long as it does not encroach on someone else's health..

Tax the hell out of it though!!... Make sure they pay early for the significant cost they will place on the healthcare system as a result of their negligence.. :)
11:07 August 30, 2011 by rise
Cigarettes are allowed but not snus even though cigarettes are more dangerous, at least far more dangerous for your surroundings. And the reason for cigarettes to be allowed is probably simply because many people in the EU parlament are smokers.

A smoker forces other people to smoke their poison as well while "snusare" are only poisoning themselves.

The day snus is forbidden I guess I have to move to Norway which still is a rather free country. EU stinks.
15:25 August 30, 2011 by Howlonguntilfreespeechisbanned
Thanks to Anti Tobacco's abuse of it, epidemiology is now widely considered as 'junk science'. However, if you still believe in it, independent studies suggest that the fumes from biomass (gas, oil, wood, coal, etc) burning applliances are more 'lethal' than second hand tobacco smoke. Stay warm this winter!.
15:34 August 30, 2011 by Svensksmith
Snus is not good for yoose.
21:31 September 2, 2011 by mikewhite
The headline title does not show a good use of words - "boost" usually has positive connotations.

Hence I would suggest, "Snus hits post heart-attack survival" or similar.
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