Spit Tobacco Fact Sheet
- Spit tobacco (also called smokeless tobacco) comes in
- “Chew” is a leafy, bulky tobacco sold
- “Snuff” is a finely ground tobacco sold
in small tins
- Spit tobacco is addictive
- Spit tobacco contains the addictive drug nicotine.
Holding an average size dip in your mouth for 30 minutes
exposes you to as much nicotine as you would get from
smoking 2-3 cigarettes. Contrary to myth, spit tobacco
is not a safe alternative to cigarettes!
- Spit Tobacco does NOT improve performance in sports!
- In a Major League Baseball poll, not one player who
used dip or chew said that the tobacco improved his
game or sharpened his reflexes.
- Scientists agree that spit tobacco does not improve
- Spit Tobacco is harmful to your health
- Spit tobacco contains at least 28 known cancer-causing
chemicals, which can lead to cancer of the mouth and
throat. On average, half of oral cancer victims are
dead within 5 years of diagnosis. It is hard to cure
because it spreads so fast.
- Spit tobacco can cause gum recession. Gum recession
(when gums pull away from the teeth), besides being
unattractive, can also make you vulnerable to decay
on tooth roots and make your teeth sensitive. Gum recession
is usually permanent and is difficult to repair.
- Sores, white patches and lumps inside the mouth are
signs of tissue damage caused by using spit tobacco.
Some white patches can turn into cancer over time.
- Spit tobacco users are more likely than nonusers to
get oral cancer – cancer of the mouth and throat.
- Spit tobacco can ruin your image
- Stained teeth, tobacco stuck between teeth, bad breath
and behaviors such as constant spitting and drooling
are a turnoff to many people.
- Quit while you’re ahead of the game!
- Up to a certain point, if you quit, your body can
heal itself…but the longer you use spit tobacco,
the bigger your risk of getting cancer. You don’t
have to dip for 30 years to get cancer!
- Some athletes have developed mouth cancer after only
6 or 7 years of using spit tobacco!