Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking. Tobacco in any form is dangerous, addictive, and contains 28 cancer-causing ingredients.
Smokeless tobacco includes chewing tobacco, snuff, and a variety of new dissolvable tobacco products such as lozenges, tablets, tabs, strips and sticks that seem to be particularly attractive to youth.
Chewing tobacco is sold as leaf or plug tobacco that users place between the cheek and gum. Snuff is ground up tobacco that users place between the lower lip and gum. Smokeless tobacco is sometimes called “chew,” “dip,” “spit” or “rub.”
The dangers of smokeless tobacco include:
- Gum disease
- Oral cancer
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Tooth decay
- Jawbone loss
Not to mention…bad breath, stained teeth and bleeding gums!
Smokeless tobacco is addictive and dangerous, and it’s growing in popularity, especially among youth. But help to quit is available through the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW). It’s free and open 24/7 for all Louisiana residents ages 13 and older.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Legacy Foundation
Louisiana Office of Public Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Journal of the American Medical Association