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Smokeless Tobacco

Free Help with Quitting

NCI offers free, confidential information about quitting chewing tobacco and snuff:

  • Call 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848). Talk with a smoking cessation counselor about quitting smokeless tobacco - call NCI's Smoking Quitline, within the United States, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Use LiveHelp online chat. For smokeless tobacco information, click on the "Quitting Smoking" button in the LiveHelp pop-up - have a confidential online text chat with an NCI smoking cessation counselor, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Smokeless Tobacco: Key Points

  • Snuff is a finely ground or shredded tobacco that is either sniffed through the nose or placed between the cheek and gum. Chewing tobacco is used by putting a wad of tobacco inside the cheek.
  • Chewing tobacco and snuff contain 28 cancer-causing agents.
  • Smokeless tobacco users have an increased risk of developing cancer of the oral cavity.
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and several national organizations offer information about the health risks of smokeless tobacco and how to quit.

Information from NCI

More Than 300 Million People in at least 70 Countries Use Smokeless Tobacco
The first-ever report on the global use and public health impact of smokeless tobacco explains the serious and well-documented health effects of smokeless tobacco products and examines the challenges and policy solutions in reducing the burden of smokeless tobacco use.

Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health: A Global Perspective
A report from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that provides a snapshot of current knowledge and data sources on smokeless tobacco use, characteristics of products, and related policy efforts. 

Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer
A fact sheet about the health risks associated with the use of smokeless tobacco. 

Additional Resources

Smokeless Tobacco: A Guide for Quitting
Information about smokeless tobacco from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults
A report of the Surgeon General of the United States.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Smokeless Products
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about smokeless tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco and snuff.

Smokeless Tobacco
Links to smokeless tobacco information resources, from the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus.

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