• Smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens). It is a known cause of human cancer.
    • Smokeless tobacco use can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence.
    • Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
70% of people who use spit tobacco get mouth sores. But it gets a lot more serious than this. The consequences of chewing and spitting tobacco include:
      • cracking and bleeding lips and gums
      • receding gums, which can eventually make your teeth fall out
      • increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeats, all leading to a greater risk of heart attacks and brain damage (from a stroke)
      • cancer – including oral cancer which can happen in the lips, the tongue, the floor or roof of the mouth, the cheeks or gums. Cancer can also get into the lining of your stomach, your esophagus and into your bladder.

QUITTING TIME!

These not so fun facts may trigger the urge to quit!
      • One can of snuff gives you as much nicotine as 60 cigarettes.
      • Nicotine gives you the “buzz” but is highly addictive.
      • 75% of cancers in the mouth, lips, tongue, throat, nose and larynx are due to tobacco use.
      • Long-term users have a 50% greater risk of developing oral cancers than non-users.
      • Smokeless tobacco is harder to quit than cigarettes