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Smokeless Tobacco

smokeless tobacco: a guide for quitting What is SmokelessTobacco?

Smokeless tobacco, also known as dip and chew, snuff, or chewing tobacco, comes in two forms. Chewing tobacco comes as loose leaves of tobacco, as plug tobacco (brick form), or in a twist form. Snuff is finely ground (powdered) tobacco that is sold moist, dry, or in tea bag-like pouches called sachets. But no matter what it’s called, smokeless tobacco is highly addictive and can harm your health. Here’s why:

  • Smokeless tobacco is still tobacco. Tobacco contains cancer-causing chemicals called nitrosamines.
  • Like cigarettes, smokeless tobacco also contains nicotine—an addictive drug. In fact, holding an average-size dip in the mouth for just 30 minutes can deliver as much nicotine as smoking three cigarettes. Nicotine addiction can make quitting difficult.
  • Smokeless tobacco may cause mouth cancer and other health problems.

If You Want to Quit…

Quitting smokeless tobacco is not easy. The most effective way to quit chewing tobacco is to have a quit date and a quitting plan. Successful quitters also include support teams in their plan— friends, family, and co-workers who can help during the difficult times when urges and temptations are strongest.

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This page last updated: October 14, 2014