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Smokeless Tobacco - Not a Safe Alternative to Cigarettes

Smokeless tobacco, also known as "chew" or "snuff" is made up of hundreds of chemicals, with at least 28 of those chemicals being carcinogenic.

Oral health of users is most often affected because of where the tobacco is placed, often causing cancer on the tongue, lip, cheek, throat, gums, roof and floor of the mouth. To improve the flavour, sugar is added to chewing tobacco, therefore increasing the risk of tooth decay. Gingivitis is also more likely to occur due to the abrasiveness of chewing tobacco.

High school and team sports, such as baseball and hockey, appear to be where many youth begin experimenting with smokeless tobacco. Most of these students think smokeless tobacco is less dangerous than cigarettes, yet both contain nicotine which is highly addictive and can cause countless other harmful consequences.

To learn more, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1247.