What is it?

Smokeless Tobacco- a type of tobacco product that is placed inside the mouth (referred to as a “wad”). This gives the user a continuous high from the nicotine. Spit tobacco is sold in three forms:

  • CHEW: a leafy form of tobacco sold in pouches. Users keep the chew between the cheek and gums for several hours at a time.
  • PLUG: chew tobacco that has been pressed into a brick.
  • SNUFF: a powdered, moist form of tobacco sold in tins. Users put the snuff between the lower lip or cheek and the gum. As well, some users will sniff it. Using snuff is also called “dipping.”
Spit tobacco is made from a mixture of tobacco, nicotine, sweeteners, abrasives, salts and chemicals. It contains over 3,000 chemicals including about 28 known carcinogens. Some of the harmful chemicals in spit tobacco are:
  • Polonium 210 (nuclear waste)
  • Tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines or TSNAs (cancer-causing agents only found in tobacco)
  • Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
  • Nicotine
  • Cadmium (used in car batteries)
  • Cyanide
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Lead

what it does to you!
what it does to you!

what it does to you!
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What smokeless tobacco can do to you

  • Cracking and bleeding of the lips and gums.
  • Receding gums, which can eventually make your teeth fall out.
  • Increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeats, all leading to a greater risk of heart attacks and brain damage (from a stroke).
  • Can cause cancer.
  • It can lessen your sense of taste and ability to smell. As a result, users tend to eat more salty and sweet foods, both of which are harmful if consumed in excess.

Who does it

As many as 20% of high school boys and 2% of high school girls use smokeless tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the 12 to 14 million American users, one third are under age 21, and more than half of those developed the habit before they were 13. Peer pressure is just one of the reasons for starting the habit. Serious users often graduate from brands that deliver less nicotine to stronger ones. With each use, you need a little more of the drug to get the same feeling

How much it cost

  • United States with $1.74 billion in 2003 sales.

  • In 2005, consumers in the United States spent $2.61 billion on smokeless tobacco product
  • $671 million in smokeless tobacco sales just in the first 6 months of 2009

Brands of smokeless tobacco

  • Beechnut
  • Big Mountain
  • H.B. Scott
  • Levi Garrett
  • Red Man
  • Red Horse
  • Lancaster
  • Morgan tobacco
  • Durango
  • Chattanooga Chew
  • Southern Pride
  • Taylor's Pride
  • Cannonball
  • Day o' life
  • Days of work
  • Starr
  • Skoal

Warning Signs

  • a sore on the lip, gums, mouth which bleeds easily and doesn't heal
  • a lump or thickening
  • a reddish or whitish patch that persists
  • difficulty in swallowing, chewing, or moving the tongue or jaws are often late changes

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