Spit tobacco myths
BUSTING SOME MYTHS ABOUT SPIT TOBACCO
#1 - Spit tobacco is NOT a healthier substitute for cigarettes.
Spit tobacco contains nicotine and at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals. Its use can cause oral cancer, tooth and gum disease, cardiovascular disease and nicotine dependency.
#2 - Spit tobacco IS addictive.
Chew tobacco contains nicotine which is one of the most powerfully addictive drugs know. Holding a pinch of snuff in your mouth for 30 minutes delivers as much nicotine as smoking 3-4 cigarettes.
#3 - Health effects from spit tobacco ARE serious and can occur within 5 year.
Spit tobacco users are up to 50 times more likely to get oral cancers than non-users. These cancers can form within 5 years of regular use and can spread quickly to other parts of the body. They are difficult to treat and often require extensive and disfiguring surgery.
#4 - Spit tobacco use is growing.
Teenage boys are the number one target of smokeless tobacco companies, which spent more than $238 million in 2001 marketing their deadly products.
#5 - Spit tobacco use DOES lead to smoking.
Kids using smokeless tobacco are 2 1/2 times more likely to take up smoking than kids who don't use. A study funded by the National Cancer Institute found that 60% of 7th and 9th graders who use spit tobacco, but who had never smoked, went on to become smokers when they were followed up 2 years later.
Montana's Tobacco Quit Line can help smokeless tobacco users "kick the can", 1-800-784-8669
Please note some documents are in "Portable Document Format" and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. If you do not have this viewer, visit Adobe.com.