• In 2012 around 9 million people ages 12 and older started using smokeless tobacco
  • National Youth Tobacco Survey found that the use of smokeless tobacco among high school kids is even higher than young adults

~Factors that influence young adults to use chewing tobacco~

  • Examples set by parents
  • Peer pressure
  • Local lifestyle and fashions
  • General attitudes toward authority
  • Economic conditions
  • Examples set by teachers and school staff
  • Presence of gangs
  • Use of illegal drugs and alcohol

~Problems and Conditions from chewing tobacco~

  • Tooth related problems
  • Increase risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke
  • Addiction to nicotine
  • Bad breathe
  • Oral and pancreatic cancers

~Methods of quitting~

  • Hypnosis
  • Filters
  • Chewing gum
  • Magnetic Therapy
  • Accupuncture

Chemicals found in chewing tobacco

  • 28 cancer causing chemicals in chewing tobacco
  • Over 4,000 other chemicals can be found in tobacco
-ex: polonium-210
  • A radioactive element used in tobacco fertilizer