Thursday, May 9, 2013

Smokeless Tobacco

Many people think smokeless tobacco is safer then the tobacco you smoke. WRONG smokeless tobacco is just as dangerous. 

What is smokeless tobacco?
Smokeless tobacco has many different names such as; spit tobacco, chewing tobacco, chew and many more.
Once you place the tobacco in your mouth (between your bottom lip and gum) you are supposed to suck on the tobacco juices, then spitting out the saliva (Do not swallow). By sucking you are allowing the nicotine to absorb into your bloodstream through the tissues in your mouth.

What is the dangers of chewing?
Just like smoking, chewing is dangerous to your body and can eventually kill you.
Chewing can lead to oral cancer (Cancer of the mouth) and can happen on the lips, tongue, top and bottom of the mouth, checks and gums.

What are the consequences of chewing?
  •  Cracked and bleeding lips
  • Receding gums
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Brain damage do to a stroke
  • Cancer
Strategies for breaking a bad habit?

  • Let others know that you are trying to quit and ask for there support
  • Try using the nicotine patch or gum
  • Have plenty of snacks around, (gum, hard candy) This will keep your mouth busy
  • Get involved in activities
This will be challenging, but don't give up!

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