Smokeless (chewing) Tobacco
Smokeless tobacco comes in a number of different forms including chewing tobacco, snuff and snus. They all have two things in common – nicotine and cancer. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance found in tobacco. Nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine or alcohol. Using smokeless tobacco can lead to nicotine dependence.
Using smokeless tobacco causes oral cancer. This includes cancer of the lip, tongue, cheeks, gums, and the floor and the roof of the mouth. Other health problems strongly associated with smokeless tobacco use are lesions (a white patch that cannot be scraped off) of the soft tissue in the mouth that can become cancerous and recession of the gums.
It can be just as hard to quit using smokeless tobacco as it is to quit smoking. Chewers and dippers are much more likely to succeed in quitting if they get help. The helplessness for smokers can also help smokeless tobacco users to quit. Everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Minnesota can get free help to quit.
Get more information:
Spit Tobacco: A guide for quitting
(A 20 page booklet from the National Institutes of Health full of practical tips to help you become tobacco free.)
Take a Close Look at What the Tobacco Industry Won't Show You
(Warning! This poster contains a graphic photo of oral cancer.)
I Quit! What to do when you are sick of smoking, Chewing, or dipping.
(An 8 page booklet written for young people that can help them quit smoking tobacco or using “spit” tobacco.)
(Free program for any smokeless tobacco user between the ages of 14 and 25 who wants to quit.)