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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Smokeless Tobacco May Contain Potentially Harmful Bacteria!

Thursday, September 08, 2016  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

There's a new concern about smokeless tobacco – those products can harbor several species of potentially harmful bacteria. Two types in particular – Bacillus licheniformis and Bacillus pumilus – can cause inflammation of the lungs and opportunistic infections, the study authors said. Opportunistic infections are those that occur more frequently and are more severe in people with weakened immune systems.
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