Smokeless Tobacco & Oral Cancer

Lets face it, you may like smokeless tobacco, but smokeless tobacco HATES your mouth. This, despite the message Major League Baseball players are trying to sell you. In fact, you may be surprised to find out that chew contains more than 2,000 chemicals – many that have been directly linked to causing cancer(quittobacco.com). Furthermore, it has been shown that chew users have an oral cancer rate several times higher than that of non-tobacco users.

Smokeless Tobacco Effects on Mouth

  • Tooth abrasion
  • Increased tooth decay
  • Tooth discoloration and bad breath
  • Nicotine dependence
  • Oral cancer

Possible Symptoms

If you're a current user of smokeless tobacco, or have in the past, Quittobacco.com provides the following early cancer warning signs:

  • A sore that does not heal
  • A lump or white patch
  • A prolonged sore throat
  • Difficulty in chewing
  • Restricted movement of the tongue or jaws
  • A feeling of something in the throat

Smokeless Tobacco Effects on Teeth Images

If you're not convinced yet that chew can cause massive damage to your mouth, take a look at some these images of oral cancer caused by chewing tobacco.

Your Thoughts

Do you chew? Did you know that the effects of using chewing tobacco were so serious?

Reader Comments

  1. Jesse September 12th

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    I use to smoke 2 packs of marlboro reds a day from 16 to 18 and then I started chewing due to cost and I felt much better. I’m slowly working myself down on chew, I went from 1 1/2 tins a day to 1 tin every 2 or 3 days. My goal is to quit complely but all the programs I find have high fees or make me buy the gum/patches which are 10 times what I pay for chew, so I can’t afford it and I’ve tried going cold turkey but I can only make it a day. I’m 23 currently fyi


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