Smokeless tobacco includes:
Chewing tobacco and moist snuff may be called spit or spitting tobacco because you have to spit out the tobacco juices and saliva that builds up in your mouth.
Smokeless tobacco users are often teens and young adults. If you start using smokeless tobacco at a young age, you are more likely to start smoking cigarettes.
Smokeless tobacco contains nicotine that can lead to addiction. More nicotine is taken up by the body from smokeless tobacco than from cigarettes, and it stays in the body longer. You need more tobacco and stronger tobacco over time to get the same effects. Smokeless tobacco contains chemicals that cause cancer. Your risk of getting cancer of the mouth, cheeks, tongue, gums, throat, bladder, colon, and pancreas is much higher than someone who does not use tobacco.
Smokeless tobacco can irritate your gums, which can cause gum disease. It increases your risk for cavities, stains your teeth, and can wear down your teeth. No amount of flossing or brushing can keep these changes from happening.
Smokeless tobacco causes your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure to go up. This puts a strain on your heart and can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Using smokeless tobacco during pregnancy increases the risk of stillbirths and premature birth.
Swallowing small amounts of nicotine can poison a young child.
Signs that you are addicted to smokeless tobacco include:
There are things you can do you help yourself quit using smokeless tobacco:
See a healthcare provider or dentist for information and help in quitting smokeless tobacco. You may also want to contact: