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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
- More Children, Teens Enticed to Smoke with Flavored Tobacco: CDC (09/30/2015, HealthDay)
- Trying E-Cigarettes May Lead to Smoking (09/08/2015, HealthDay)
- More High School Athletes Using 'Dip' and 'Chew,' CDC Finds (09/03/2015, HealthDay)
- More News on Smokeless Tobacco
- BeTobaccoFree.gov (Department of Health and Human Services)
- Betel Quid with Tobacco (Gutka) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Chewing Tobacco: Not a Safe Alternative to Cigarettes (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Tobacco, Smokeless (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Demographic, psychosocial, and genetic risk associated with smokeless tobacco use...
- Article: State-specific prevalence of current cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use...
- Article: Preconcentration and determination of lead and cadmium levels in blood...
- Smokeless Tobacco -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- American Cancer Society
- National Cancer Institute Available in Spanish
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Available in Spanish
Finance and Policy
- State of Tobacco Control 2014 (American Lung Association)
- Smokeless Tobacco (Nemours Foundation)
- Smokeless Tobacco: A Guide for Quitting (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)