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:
Some of the side effects include:
- 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.
- 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.