Smokeless tobacco is tobacco that is not burned. It is also known as chewing tobacco, oral tobacco, spit or spitting tobacco, dip, chew, and snuff. Most people chew or suck (dip) the tobacco in their mouth and spit out the tobacco juices that build up, although “spitless” smokeless tobacco has also been developed. Nicotine in the tobacco is absorbed through the lining of the mouth.
Description: Cured tobacco leaves pressed together into a cake or “plug” form and wrapped in tobacco leaf
Form: Twist (or roll)
Description: Cured tobacco leaves (often flavored) twisted together to resemble rope
Description: Cured and fermented tobacco processed into fine particles and often packaged in round cans
Description: Moist snuff packaged in ready-to-use pouches that resemble small tea bags.
Yes. There is no safe form of tobacco. At least 28 chemicals in smokeless tobacco have been found to cause cancer. The most harmful chemicals in smokeless tobacco are tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are formed during the growing, curing, fermenting, and aging of tobacco. The level of tobacco-specific nitrosamines varies by product. Scientists have found that the nitrosamine level is directly related to the risk of cancer. In addition to a variety of nitrosamines, other cancer-causing substances in smokeless tobacco include polonium–210 (a radioactive element found in tobacco fertilizer) and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (also known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).
Smokeless tobacco contains cancer-causing agents (carcinogens). Cancersare most likely developed at the site where the tobacco is held in the mouth, but it may also include lips, tongue, cheek, and throat. It can also lead to oral cancer, gum disease, and nicotine addiction. Possible developing health conditions:
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