Definitely Not a Safe Alternative to Smoking
Get the facts about chew, spit and dip tobacco
Some may see spit or smokeless tobacco as a less lethal alternative to smoking cigarettes. But these products are unsafe and directly linked to mouth diseases, cancers and other health risks.
Plus, they can cause nasty side effects – such as bad breath and tooth damage – from the minute you start using.
Oral tobacco products include:
- Chew — tobacco that comes in the form of a loose leaf, plug, twist or roll. Pieces are placed between the cheek and gums and the juice is spit. Also called spit, dip or spit tobacco.1
- Snus — pronounced “snoose,” snus is a type of moist snuff often flavored with spices or fruit and packaged like small tea bags. Snus is held between the gum and lower lip and the juice is swallowed.1
- Snuff — finely ground tobacco, which is often flavored. Dry snuff is a powder that is sniffed or inhaled up the nose. Moist snuff is a gum-like substance sold in pouches and then placed between the lower lip or cheek and gum.1