Many people who chew tobacco or dip snuff think it's safer than smoking. But you don't have to smoke tobacco for it to be dangerous. Chewing or dipping carries risks like:
- Cancer of the mouth
- Decay of exposed tooth roots
- Pulling away of the gums from the teeth
- White patches or red sores in the mouth that can turn to cancer
Recent research shows the dangers of smokeless tobacco may go beyond the mouth. It might also play a role in other cancers, heart disease and stroke.
Smokeless tobacco contains more nicotine than cigarettes. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug that makes it hard to stop using tobacco once you start. Having a quit date and a quitting plan can help you stop successfully.
NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
- Health Risks of Smokeless Tobacco (American Cancer Society)
Prevention and Risk Factors
- BeTobaccoFree.gov (Department of Health and Human Services)
- Chewing Tobacco and Other Forms of Smokeless Tobacco Are More Harmful and Addictive Than You Might Think. (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- E-Cigs, Menthol, and Dip (National Cancer Institute, Tobacco Control Research Branch)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Tobacco, Smokeless (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Social Determinants and the Prevalence of Paan Masala Use among Adults...
- Article: Factors Influencing Tobacco Cessation in India: Findings from the Global Adult...
- Article: Perceptions of oral nicotine pouches & their marketing among Ohio Appalachia...
- Smokeless Tobacco -- see more articles