What Is Smokeless Tobacco?

Tobacco. Cigar, cigarettes, pipes and a handfull of tobacco
Smokeless tobacco comes in several different forms and has many different names, including dip, chaw, nuff, plug, pinchand spit tobacco. It contains about 3,000 chemicals, 28 of which can cause cancer, and is every bit aaddictive as cigarette tobacco. One pinch or quid of smokeless tobacco contains the same amount of nicotine as 2.5 cigarettes.

Snuff dippers place a pinch of powdered tobacco (sold in cans r individual packets) between their heek and gum; tobacco ch ewers place leaf tobacco (in a pouch) or plug tobacco (in brick form) between the cheek and gum. Any form of smokeless tobacco can seriously harm your dental health.

Remember: Using smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking.

Warning signals: If you use smokeless tobacco, pull back your lips and cheeks—look closely at the area where you hold your tobacco. Your teeth and gums may show that damage is occurring. If you see a white patch, a red sore that doesn’t heal, or a lump on your cheek, tongue, or gums, see your hygienist or dentist immediately.

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