Thiruvananthapuram: It is bad news for those Malayalis who use smokeless tobacco -- in the form of `gutka` and similar products -- as a research in the US has, for the first time, identified a specific oral cancer-causing chemical in smokeless tobacco products.Dr. Silvia Balbo of the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, US, found after a study on rats that smokeless tobacco products contain a strong oral carcinogen -- a chemical called (S)-N`-nitrosonornicotine, or (S)-NNN.Dr. K.R. Thankappan, professor and head, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies in Thiruvananthapuram, said though this study is yet to be translated on humans, it is a definite pointer to the grave risk that use of smokeless tobacco products poses to health."Oral cancer can be extremely debilitating and the use of smokeless tobacco that is fast gaining popularity among Malayali youth should be controlled through strict legislative measures," said Thankappan.
Officer dies in mishap on INS Kolkata
Jagdambika Pal resigns from Congress
SC rejects Sahara`s refund proposal
Doctors` strike: Has someone from your family died? Mulayam asks mediamen