2Snuff Finely ground tobacco Comes in cans or pouches Users put a pinch or “dip” between their lower lip or cheek and gum and suck on it
3Chew Comes in pouches Also known as “plugs” or “wads” Bulkier than snuff and is placed between the cheek and gumIt is in leaf form.
4StatisticsAbout 7.8 million people 12 years and older in the U.S. use smokeless tobacco11.8% of high school boys reported using smokeless tobacco3/4 of daily users have non-cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions in their mouthsSnuff sales increased from $817 million in 1991 to $1.77 billion in 2001
5Smokeless tobacco is a safe alternative to cigarettes. MYTHSmokeless tobacco is a safe alternative to cigarettes.
6TRUTHJust because there is not smoke, doesn’t mean that smokeless tobacco is safe.Holding one pinch of smokeless tobacco in your mouth for 30 minutes delivers as much nicotine as 3-4 cigarettes.Smokeless tobacco can cause cancer.
7What is in smokeless tobacco? 28 cancer-causing chemicalsNitrosamines - most powerful cancer-causing agents in smokeless tobaccoPolonium radioactive particles that turn to radonFormaldehyde - embalming fluidArsenic - metallic element which forms poisonous compounds
12Other negative effects Bad breathSpitting/droolingTooth stainsIncreased tooth decayDiscolored TeethConstriction of Blood Vessels
13You can use a little smokeless tobacco and not get hooked. MYTHYou can use a little smokeless tobacco and not get hooked.
14TRUTHEven a little smokeless tobacco has enough nicotine in it to get you addicted if you keep using it. Don’t be fooled by thinking you can use just a little and not get addicted.
15Danger signs! A sore that bleeds easily and doesn’t heal A lump or white patch in mouth or neckA prolonged sore throatDifficulty in chewing, swallowing, or moving your tongue or jawRestricted movement of the tongue or jawA feeling of something in the throatSwelling that does not go away