Smokeless Tobacco

What is smokeless tobacco?

  • There are 2 basic forms of smokeless tobacco: snuff and chewing tobacco.
  • Snuff is fine ground tobacco packaged in cans or pouches. It can be dry or moist. Dry snuff is sold in a powdered form and is used by sniffing or inhaling the dry snuff powder up the nose. Moist snuff is used by placing a pinch, dip, lipper or quid between the lower lip or cheek and gum. The nicotine in the stuff is absorbed through the tissues of the mouth.
  • These are designed to be smoke-free and spit-free and are marketed as a discreet way to use tobacco.

What are the risks of using smokeless tobacco?

  • Smokeless tobacco products are not a safe alternative for smoking tobacco.
  • Harmful health impacts include:
    • Oral (mouth) and throat cancer
    • Cancer of the esophagus
    • Stomach cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Increased risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke
    • Addiction to nicotine
    • Leukoplakia (white sores in the mouth that can become cancer)
    • Receding gums
    • Bone loss around the roots of the teeth
    • Abrasion of teeth
    • Tooth loss
    • Stained teeth
    • Bad breath
  • Smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing agents.
  • Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of human cancer.

*Information from the American Cancer Society and Center’s for Disease Control