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Smokeless tobacco is better known as spit tobacco, chewing tobacco, chew, and dip. Users put tobacco leaves into their mouth and suck on them instead of smoking them in cigarettes.
Smokeless tobacco comes as either snuff or chewing tobacco:
Smokeless tobacco users place snuff or chewing tobacco between their inner cheek and gums on the lower part of their jaw and suck on the tobacco juices. Users spit often because the saliva builds up while tobacco is in their mouths. This sucking and chewing allows nicotine to get into the bloodstream through the gums, without the need to swallow the tobacco juices.
Smokeless tobacco has been around for hundreds of years. It became more popular in the U.S. when baseball players in the 1970s began using it, thinking it was a safer alternative to smoking.
is in all forms of tobacco. This chemical is so addictive that nicotine addiction often starts after the first use. People addicted to nicotine need more of it to get the same feeling as the first time. Many people still believe that smokeless tobacco is a safer alternative to smoking, but this isn’t true. Using smokeless tobacco is as dangerous as smoking cigarettes, and can cause serious damage to the body.
Serious health risks of smokeless tobacco include:
Oral cancer (cancer of the mouth) is the cancer most often linked to smokeless tobacco use. But users also can get cancer in the stomach, the throat, and the bladder because the chemicals from the tobacco get into their digestive systems through their spit.
In the most severe cases, problems caused by smokeless tobacco can lead to permanent disfigurement, such as the loss of teeth and even bones in the face.
Smokeless tobacco also causes bad breath, yellowish-brown stains on the teeth, and mouth sores in most users.
If you use smokeless tobacco, these tips can help you quit:
Try these substitutes for smokeless tobacco while trying to quit:
Quitting is hard, and using smokeless tobacco while trying to quit is common. But don’t give up. Your chances of quitting get better each time you try!
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Bad breath, or halitosis, can be a major problem, especially when you’re about to snuggle with your sweetie or whisper a joke to your friend. The good news is that bad breath often can be easily prevented.
Find out what you can do if you think you or a friend has a drug or alcohol addiction – from recognizing the warning signs to suggestions to help you stay clean.
Nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States is related to tobacco. Are you ready to kick the habit?
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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