Chewing Tobacco

What it's doing to you're mouth!

What is chewing tobacco exactly?

Chewing tobacco is simply a dried and cured leaf from the tobacco plant that is packaged and sold throughout the U.S. and around the world.

How is the drug taken?

Chewing tobacco is taken by putting it behind the lip and in front of the gums, moved around, and then spit out when the juice has been absorbed.

Popular Street Names For Chewing Tobacco

Chew, spit, and snuff are all popular street names for chewing tobacco.

Short and Long Term Effects

Short Term Effects Include:
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Reduced physical performance

Long Term Effects Include

  • Thick, white patches on inside of mouth
  • Cancer
  • Damage to gum tissue
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Teeth loss

Signs of Abuse

  • Cannot stop chewing
  • Has withdraw symptoms when trying to quit
  • Must smoke or chew after every meal
  • Won't attend events where chewing is banned