Learn How to Quit Smokeless Tobacco with Healthy Tips and Free Help.
WHAT HARM CAN DIPPING CAUSE IN THE MOUTH?
- Smokeless tobacco use may cause cancer of the mouth.
- Sugar in smokeless tobacco may cause decay in exposed tooth roots.
- Dip and chew can cause your gums to pull away from the teeth in the place where the tobacco is held. The gums do not grow back.
- Leathery white patches and red sores are common in dippers and chewers and can turn into cancer.
CAN SMOKELESS TOBACCO USE CAUSE PROBLEMS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY?
Recent research shows that smokeless tobacco use might also cause problems beyond the mouth. Some studies have shown that using smokeless tobacco may cause pancreatic cancer. And scientists are also looking at the possibility that its use might play a role in the development of cardiovascular disease—heart disease and stroke.
NEED MORE REASONS TO QUIT?
- It’s expensive!
A can of dip costs an average of nearly $3. A two-can-a-week habit costs about $300 per year. A can-a-day habit costs nearly $1,100 per year. Likewise, chewing tobacco costs about $2. A pouch-a-day habit costs over $700 a year. Think of all the things you could do with that money instead of dipping or chewing. It adds up.
- It smells!
The smell of smokeless tobacco in your mouth is not pleasant. While you may have become used to the odor and don’t mind it, others around you may notice. Check out your clothes. Do you have tobacco juice stains on your clothes, your furniture or on your car’s upholstery? Look at your teeth. Are they stained from tobacco juice? Brushing your teeth won’t make this go away.
HARD TO BELIEVE YOU’RE A NICOTINE ADDICT?
- Nicotine, found in all tobacco products, is a highly addictive drug that acts in the brain and throughout the body.
- Dip and chew contain more nicotine than cigarettes.
- Holding an average-size dip in your mouth for 30 minutes gives you as much nicotine as smoking three cigarettes. A 2-can-a-week snuff dipper gets as much nicotine as a 1-1/2 pack-a-day smoker does.
- Think about your own habit. Check how many of the following apply to you.
HOW ADDICTED ARE YOU?
- I no longer get sick or dizzy when I dip or chew, like I did when I first started.
- I dip more often and in different settings.
- I’ve switched to stronger products, with more nicotine.
- I swallow juice from my tobacco on a regular basis.
- I sometimes sleep with dip or chew in my mouth.
- I take my first dip or chew first thing in the morning.
- I find it hard to go more than a few hours without dip or chew.
- I have strong cravings when I go without dip or chew.
The more items you check, the more likely that you are addicted. Ready to quit? Take our Readiness Quiz.
For more information:
Guide for Quitting from National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research