Smokeless Tobacco
You Trippin' If You Dippin'


Types of Chewing Tobacco
Types of smokeless tobacco include chewing tobacco and snuff. Chewing tobacco comes in long strands or loose leaves, plugs or twist of tobacco. They are chewed or placed in the lips or cheeks where the user then spits out the brown juice, saliva soaked through with tobacco. Snuff which is finely ground tobacco is sold in cans or pouches, dry or moist. The nicotine is absorbed through the gums and lips and other tissues in your mouth. These are designed to be both spit free and smoke free. Dry snuff is sold in a powder form to be sniffed up the nose similar to some drugs and can be just as addictive. Snus, pronounced snooze, is yet another form of smokeless tobacco which is most commonly used in Sweden and Norway and is now being sold in America. It is made with air cured tobacco that has been seasoned and packaged in smaller pouches. In 2004 studies show that users who switch to snus have smaller amounts of cancer causing agents though people who used it still had more than those who used nicotine replacement patches.
Terms used to describe chewing tobacco include oral, chewing, snuff, and spit.

Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer
· Smokeless/spit tobacco contains over 2000 chemicals that are directly related to the cause of many cancers.
· All forms contain chemicals that cause cancer (carcinogens) which can cause cancer of the mouth, pancreas, and esophagus.

Other risks include tumors in the upper digestive tract, gum recession, hair growth on ones tongue, tooth erosion, tooth decay, bad breath, change in eating habit; damage to tongue, jaw, and lips; oral cancers, lung cancer, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, constricted blood vessels, tooth discoloration, and many many more.


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History of Chewing and Baseball
Smokeless tobacco has been around for a long time and was very common in Americas past time, baseball. Baseball players would chew tobacco to prevent dry mouth. Many even mixed it with their gum. They would also spit into their gloves to softening them. Chewing tobacco was the main component of the “spitball” a pitch outlawed in 1920. The pitcher would dab the ball in the tobacco spit before the pitch to make it spin off his fingers and break sharply. Though when it was found that spitting spread tuberculosis the amount of players chewing dropped.


Tips to Quit
Think of reasons you want to quit (Cost, the people around you find it offensive, you don’t like the having bad breath after chewing or dipping, you don’t want stained teeth, you don’t want to risk getting cancer, you don’t like being addicted to nicotine, you want to start having a healthier life), Pick a quit date and throw it all away, Ask your friends family coaches and anyone else it effects to help, Ask a doctor for nicotine chewing gum, Find alternatives, Find a hobby listen to music to distract you, Remember that everyone is different and that because someone else quits faster doesn’t mean anything keep at it, Then finally reward yourself.

Facts and Statistics
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Smokeless tobacco is very addictive and can lead to nicotine dependence.
-It is similar in all critical measures to prototype drugs such as morphine and cocaine.
-The fact that chewing tobacco is not as harmful as smoking is a myth.
-16 percent of male ages 12 through 17 use chewing tobacco in 1985 and the number is still increasing.
-More than 50 percent of dip users developed the habit before the age of 13.
-Smokeless tobacco is less lethal than other tobacco products but has more risks. It is not a safe alternative to smoking.
-Smokeless tobacco companies have been increasing advertising because of the new popular laws against smoking in public areas. Also encouraging switching to smokeless tobacco as a good way of quitting smoking. IT IS NOT!!!
-35,000 people in the U.S. received a diagnosis of oral cancer in 2008, about 75% get it from chewing tobacco.
-Someone dies of oral cancer every hour in the US.
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Sources

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/PED_10_13X_Quitting_Smokeless_Tobacco.asp
http://kidshealth.org/teen/drug_alcohol/tobacco/smokeless.html
http://www.dentalgentlecare.com/smokeless_tobacco.htm
http://www.notosmoke.com/herbal-smoking-articles/effects-of-tobacco.htm
http://www.quittobacco.com/facts/effects.htm
http://www.quitnet.com/library/guides/Beat_The_Habit/BTH_History.jtml