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Monday, March 10, 2014
Smoking and Tobacco
What is the salt content of the regular smokless tobacco, Copenhagen?
The amount of salt, measured as sodium content, varies by brand, ranging from 200-1,200 mg per container or pouch. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2005 Dietary Guidelines suggest a maximum daily intake of 2,300 mg for average healthy adults. For blacks, older adults, or those with hypertension, the maximum is 1,500 mg per day.
Here's the catch: If you are watching your salt intake because of hypertension, kidney or heart problems, salt is a minor component of Copenhagen's risk. The nicotine causes significant increases in blood pressure and heart rate.
Rob Crane, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University