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Smoking, Smokeless Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco goes by many names, such as chewing tobacco, oral tobacco, spitting tobacco, dip, chew, and snuff, but the two basic types of smokeless tobacco are:

  • Chewing tobacco: Long strands of loose leaves, plugs, or twists of tobacco.

  • Snuff: Finely ground tobacco packaged in cans or pouches. It’s sold as dry or moist.
Some of the side effects include:
  • Gum disease that can lead to tooth loss
  • Tissue and bone loss around the roots of the teeth
  • Scratching and wearing down of teeth
  • Stained and discolored teeth
  • Bad breath
Smokeless tobacco products are often marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking, or even as a way to help quit smoking. Smokeless tobacco is not a healthy alternative to smoking. Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of these and other tobacco-related health problems.

For more information on how to quit, check out the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Quitting Smokeless Tobacco

Take a MouthHealthy Quiz on Chewing Tobacco to learn more!