Enough With Snuff

Chew is shredded tobacco leaves that users put between their cheeks and gums. Snuff is a fine-grain tobacco that often comes in tea bag-like pouches that users “pinch” or “dip” between their lower lip and gum. Users of snuff and chew let the tobacco sit in their mouths and suck on its “juices,” which allows nicotine to be quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. The amount of nicotine users get from chew and snuff depends on the brand, quantity and length of time that it is left in. In general, the amount of nicotine absorbed from a can of chewing tobacco is equal to the amount delivered by three to four packs of cigarettes.1

Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking. On the contrary, smokeless tobacco carries its own set of risks that can lead to:

  • Bad breath
  • Cavities
  • Yellow teeth
  • Recession of the gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Mouth cancer
  • Heart disease
  • References

    1. Federal Trade Commission, Smokeless Tobacco Report for the Years 2000 and 2001, 2003.

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