Smokeless tobacco, or snuff, is often felt to be relatively safe for your health by users. Now a report has linked snuff use to heart failure. This report is a review of an article on this subject by Chris Kaiser in Medpage Today, "Snuff Use Linked to Heart Failure." A Swedish study has found that use of smokeless tobacco, or snuff, may increase the risk for heart failure, which is mainly of nonischemic origin and primarily by increasing blood pressure and heart rate.
In this study the use of smokeless tobacco among a group of older men was associated with a more than twofold risk of developing heart failure compared with non-users when adjusted for age. The use of snuff resulted in a hazard ratio of 2.08 when further adjusted for current smoking dose, pack-years of smoking, diabetes, body mass index, occupational classification, alcohol use, and myocardial infarction before baseline. This has been reported upon in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation.