FACT: Four pinches of smokeless tobacco contain about as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.
FACT: Because it contains high levels of nicotine, smokeless tobacco is highly addictive and hard to quit using.
FACT: Tobacco companies add sand, fiberglass, and other abrasives to smokeless tobacco that increase nicotine absorption and destroy tooth enamel.
FACT: Oral cancers are 50 times more likely in users of smokeless tobacco.
FACT: Oral cancer kills 30- 50% of those diagnosed with it within 5 years.
FACT: It is possible to quit - many people have succeeded.
FACT: Nicotine replacement therapy (patch or gum) can reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, making it easier to quit.
FACT: Sugarless gum, healthy snacks, or tobacco-free dip can help satisfy your oral fixation and help you remain tobacco-free.
FACT: Changing your routine and avoiding your triggers (those places or situations where you most often use smokeless tobacco) can help.
FACT: Not everyone quits for good the first time they try, but each successive attempt gets easier. Don't give up!
FACT: It is possible to quit.
FACT: There are places to get more information on support:
www.gmu.edu/student/quitsmoking/smokelesscessation.html - tips aimed at college students
www.quittobacco.com -information on quitting, including where to find tobacco-free dip
www.quitsmokeless.org - information, including an online support group
www.nidr.nih.gov/health/newsandhealth/spitTobacco.asp -information from the NIH
www.cancer.org/ - information on health risks and tips on quitting from the American Cancer Society