5 Dangers of Spit Tobacco

1. 60-78% of spit tobacco users have oral lesions. Exposure to tobacco juice causes cancer of the esophagus, pharynx, larynx, stomach and pancreas.

2. Smokeless tobacco contains at least 28 cancer causing chemicals.

3. Smokeless tobacco users are 4-6X more likely to develop oral cancer compared to non-users and these cancers can form within 5 years of regular use.

4. Spit tobacco is not safer or a safe alternative to smoking. A can of spit tobacco contains about the same amount of nicotine as 4 packs of cigarettes.

5. Smokeless tobacco is associated with recession of the gums, gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, loose teeth, and mouth lesions including leukoplakia – a precancerous lesion of the soft tissue in the mouth.
  1. Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
  2. CDC
  3. TobaccoFreeUtah.org
  4. OralHealthAmerica.org
  5. Cancer.gov
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Your smile says a lot about you

Loose teeth, mouth sores... who needs that? Studies show that 60 to 78 percent of spit tobacco users have oral lesions. Constant exposure to tobacco juice causes cancer of the esophagus, pharynx, larynx, stomach, and pancreas.
  1. Hatsukami, D & Severson, H, "Oral Spit Tobacco: Addiction, Prevention and Treatment," Nicotine & Tobacco Research 1:21-44, 1999.; 1 "The Smokeless Tobacco Outreach and Prevention Guide, "Applied Behavioral Science Press, 1997.
  2. World Health Organization
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What’s in the Tin?

If you think smokeless tobacco is a safe
alternative to smoking, think again.

Find out what hidden dangers are
found in the tin. ▶︎

CancerClick the words to discover the threats

Smokeless tobacco contains 28
cancer-causing agents (carcinogens).

CavitiesClick the words to discover the threats

Smokeless tobacco use can cause
cancer, oral health problems, and
nicotine addiction.

Gum DiseaseClick the words to discover the threats

Smokeless tobacco is associated with
recession of the gums, gum disease,
and tooth decay.

Heart DiseaseClick the words to discover the threats

Long term use of tobacco has been
linked to heart disease.

Loose TeethClick the words to discover the threats

Smokeless tobacco is associated with
recession of the gums, gum disease,
and tooth decay.

Mouth LesionsClick the words to discover the threats

Smokeless tobacco is also strongly
associated with  leukoplakia
a precancerous lesion of the soft tissue
in the mouth.