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chewing tobacco


As many as 20% of high school boys and 2% of high school girls use smokeless tobacco. Each year about 30,000 Americans learn they have mouth and throat cancers, and nearly 8,000 die of these diseases. Of the 12 to 14 million American users, one third are under age 21, and more than half of those developed the habit before they were 13.

conditions it causes:

  • cracking and bleeding lips and gums
  • receding gums, which can eventually make your teeth fall out
  • increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeats, all leading to a greater risk of heart attacks and brain damage (from a stroke)
  • many cancers
  • can eat your gums and though your face

chemicals in smokeless tobacco:

  1. Cadmium: used in car batteries
  2. Formaldehyde: embalming fluid
  3. Lead: a poison
  4. Nicotine: an addictive drug
  5. N-Nitrosamines: cancer-causing chemical
  6. Polonium 210: nuclear waste
  7. Acetaldehyde: irritant
  8. Hydrazine: toxic chemical
  9. Benzopyrene: cancer-causing chemical
  10. Uranium 235: used in nuclear weapons
  11. Sodium: salt, can cause high blood pressure
  12. Sugar: can cause cavities
  13. Fiberglass and Sand: abrasives

ways to quit:

  • Set a date to quit and stick to it.
  • Get support from your family, friends and doctor.
  • Find an substitute for smokeless tobacco that you enjoy.
  • Find activities to do when you want to chew.