Smokeless Tobacco

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Smokeless tobacco, whether its chewing tobacco or snuff, is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. The fact is, chewing tobacco is dangerous, too. Dr. Edward Hill explains why in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Smokeless tobacco, also called spit tobacco, chewing tobacco, chew, dip and a few other things, comes in two forms: snuff and chewing tobacco.

Snuff is a fine-grain tobacco that users pinch or dip between their lower lip and gum. Chewing tobacco comes in shredded, twisted, or bricked tobacco leaves that users put between their cheek and gum. This allows nicotine to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the tissues in your mouth.

Just like smoking cigarettes, chewing smokeless tobacco can take a terrible toll on your body.

About 70 percent of smokeless tobacco users get mouth sores. Other consequences of chewing and spitting tobacco include:

cracking and bleeding lips and gums

receding gums, which can eventually make your teeth fall out

increased heart rate, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats and


If youre a dipper, put some thought into breaking the habit and quitting now. When you decide to quit, dont do it alone. Tell friends or family and enlist their support.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.