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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

iq’mik  listen  (IK-mik)

  A type of smokeless tobacco that is made by mixing cured tobacco leaves with ashes from a certain type of fungus. It is used mainly in Alaska and is chewed. It contains nicotine and many harmful, cancer-causing chemicals. Using iq’mik can lead to nicotine addiction and can cause cancer of the mouth and other health problems.