March 07, 2013

You can call chewing tobacco by whatever name you want - tobacco, spit tobacco, chew, snuff, pinch or dip - but don't call it harmless!  DIP AND CHEW CONTAIN MORE NICOTINE THAN CIGARETTES!
Spit tobacco is NOT a safe alternative to cigarettes.  It contains 28 Carcinogens (cancer-causing agents).  These are formed during the growing, curing, fermenting and aging of American tobacco.  Tobacco is tobacco that is not burned.  It is also known as chewing tobacco, oral tobacco, spit or spitting tobacco.
Nicotine is absorbed more slowly from smokeless tobacco than from cigarettes, the amount of nicotine absorbed from tobacco is 3-4 times that delivered by a cigarette, and it stays in the bloodstream longer.
Nicotine, found in all tobacco products, is a highly addictive drug which acts in the brain and throughout the body.  Holding an average -size dip in your mouth for thirty minutes gives as much nicotine as smoking three cigarettes.  A two-can-a-week snuff dipper gets as much nicotine as 1-1/2 pack-a-day does.
Like cigarette smoking, the use of spit tobacco produces nicotine addiction and is associated with serious health consequences.  Constant exposure to tobacco juice causes cancer of the esophagus, pharynx, larynx, stomach, bladder and pancreas.  These cancers can form within five years of regular use.
As many as 20% of high school boys and 2% of high school girls use tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Of the 12-14 million American users, one third is under the age of 21, and more than half of those developed the habit before they were 13.
If you are a dipper, please put some long thought into breaking the habit and quitting now.  1800 QUIT NOW is a very valuable tool assisting people who want to quit tobacco receiving free one-on-one coaching by phone with a highly trained Quit Coach.  They also receive free materials to help them stay on track between calls.  Participants may be eligible for free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges, or may be referred to their insurance provider for cessation medications.
By:  Sallie Williams