Smokeless Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco or spit tobacco users absorb two to three times the amount of addictive nicotine as those who smoke cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco is a leading cause of oral cancer, which affects nearly 40,000 Americans each year. Oral cancer will cause 8,000 deaths, almost one life per hour, 24 hours a day.

Signs and symptoms of oral cancer may include:

  • A sore that does not heal
  • A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of the mouth
  • A white or reddish patch on the inside of the mouth
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Tongue pain
  • Jaw pain and/or stiffness
  • Difficulty or painful chewing or swallowing
  • Feeling as if something is caught in the throat

If you have any of the above symptoms, see an otolaryngologist (ENT) or dentist as soon as possible.