Don't Use Chewing Tobacco
By: Patrick Dean
- Smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens).
- Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of human cancer; it increases the risk of developing cancer of the oral cavity.
- Smokeless tobacco is also strongly associated with leukemia—a precancerous lesion of the soft tissue in the mouth that consists of a white patch or plaque that cannot be scraped off.
- Smokeless tobacco is associated with recession of the gums, gum disease, and tooth decay.
- Smokeless tobacco use during pregnancy increases the risks for Precambrian (i.e., a condition that may include high blood pressure, fluid retention, and swelling), premature birth, and low birth weight.
- Smokeless tobacco use by men causes reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm cells.
- Smokeless tobacco use can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence.
- Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
This information is from http://www.dipstop.com/chewing_tobacco_effects.html
DANGER SIGNS - If you use smokeless tobacco, or have in the past, you should be on the lookout for some of these early signs of oral cancer:
* A sore that does not heal
* A lump or white patch
* A prolonged sore throat
* Difficulty in chewing
* Restricted movement of the tongue or jaws
* A feeling of something in the throat
Percentage of Adults Who Were Current Smokeless Tobacco Users in 2009
3.5% of all adults (aged 18 years and older)
- 7.0% of men
- 0.3% of women
- 1.0% of African Americans
- 5.7% of American Indian/Alaska Natives*
- 0.5% of Asian Americans
- 1.1% of Hispanics
- 4.5% of whites
Percentage of High School Students who were Current Smokeless Tobacco Users in 2009
- 6.1% of all high school students
- 11.0% of males
- 1.5% of females
- 1.8% of African Americans
- 1.5% of Asians
- 4.6% of Hispanics
- 7.5% of whites
Percentage of Middle School Students who were Current Smokeless Tobacco Users in 2009
- 2.6% of all middle school students
- 4.1% of males
- 1.2% of females
- 1.7% of African Americans
- 2.0% of Asians
- 3.4% of Hispanics
- 2.8% of Whites
These stats came from http://www.dipstop.com/chewing_tobacco_effects.html