Get the Facts and Ditch Dip for a Day…or for good
Many terms are used to describe smokeless tobacco products, such as oral, chewing snuff, spit, and smokeless tobacco. All forms of smokeless tobacco are addictive and contain chemicals known to cause cancer and a long list of other health problems. Check out these facts about smokeless tobacco and learn about the harmful health effects:
You are likely to get cancer earlier than someone who smokes.
It negatively affects performance on the job and in the bedroom.
It can cause you to lose your face
- Users of chewing tobacco are more likely than nonusers to have serious dental problems. Spit tobacco increases your risk of developing cavities and causes gum disease (gingivitis), which can lead to bone and tooth loss. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chewing-tobacco/CA00019/NSECTIONGROUP=2
- Surgery for oral cancers caused by smokeless tobacco often involves removing large sections of the jaw, tongue, and lips, which greatly affects your appearance, not to mention your quality of life. http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/pdfs/oral_cancer.pdf (PDF, 1.1MB)
- Unfortunately, taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing will not correct the damage that smokeless tobacco causes, not to mention the bad breath. The only way to stop the damage is by quitting.
Quit now. Here's how.
The only good news about smokeless tobacco is that you CAN quit using it. When you’re ready to get started, take advantage of Train2Quit, the interactive system that will help you learn how to quit, set a quit date, and develop your personalized quit plan. You can also find links to local programs that can help you quit, along with information about medications that can make quitting easier and increase your chances of success.