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Smoking and Tobacco

Salt content

12/30/2008

Question:

What is the salt content of the regular smokless tobacco, Copenhagen?

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Rob  Crane, MD Rob Crane, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University