How Chewing Tobacco Harms Your Mouth

Do you know of the dangers associated with chewing tobacco? Though some may believe that smokeless tobacco isn't as harmful as cigarettes, there are still plenty of health problems that are caused by this addictive habit. If you are a minor who has been caught with drugs and/or tobacco, we recommend enrolling in an minors in possession course (MIP class).

The Specific Harms of Chewing Tobacco

if you chew tobacco or if you are thinking of it, please reconsider. Smokeless or tinned tobacco is extremely bad for you. In fact, hall of famer Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres, died at the age of 54 of salivary gland cancer which he blamed on his habit of dipping smokeless tobacco.

Here are some reasons NOT to use chewing tobacco:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pharynx Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer

Recent studies are beginning to show that chewing tobacco may even cause problems and diseases outside of the mouth including heart disease and strokes.

Stop Chewing Tobacco

If you are worried about the health problems associated with chewing tobacco and want to quit, then here are some tips to help. Remember that quitting is hard since this substance is addictive and you may need help.

  • Have a clear reason for quitting
  • Remind yourself why you're quitting
  • Be committed — don’t give in to temptation
  • Get rid of all tobacco cans and anything associated with it
  • Have a back up plan for yourself if you are feeling weak
  • Find one or more supportive persons to help you with your goal. Instruct them carefully on how they can be most helpful.

If quitting on your own is too challenging, then consider weaning yourself off with nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges. Be persistent until you find a method that works for you. Don't give up.

Save Your Health

It's important to be as healthy, which means avoiding tobacco — whether it's in the form of chew or cigarettes. Take care of your body now!