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Chew, Dip, Spit Tobacco

The tobacco industry has seen the future and has been working to make sure it can continue to make big profits despite smoking bans in many provinces with new "smokeless" tobacco products.

Tobacco companies market it as chew, spit, dip, and plug tobacco and until the ban on selling flavoured tobacco products was introduced in Ontario in January 2016, it was sold here in candy and fruit flavours like green apple, cherry, berry, peach, vanilla, wintergreen, and spearmint.

If you have tried it, if you are addicted to it, or if you are thinking it must be better than smoking, take a moment to make sure you Know What's In Your Mouth.

​Nicotine Makes It Addictive, Chemicals Make It Deadly

Just like cigarettes, these products contain nicotine - an addictive component. Holding an average sized dip or chew in the mouth for about 30 minutes produces as much nicotine as three cigarettes.

Smokeless products contain more than 3,000 chemicals, including at least 28 that cause cancers.

People who use chew, dip, and spit are not only at risk for developing oral cancers, they can also develop permanent gum recession, mouth sores, stomach irritations, and ulcers.

Use Among Youth

The 2013 Tobacco Use in Canada report showed smokeless tobacco use among Ontario students in Grade 7-12 was 4.6 per cent.

Closer to home, in the North Simcoe Local Health Integrated Network (NSLHIN) area, the rate was 9 per cent.

​Identifying Smokeless Tobacco Products

Chew or Spit - Loose leaf shredded chew, most commonly sold in a pouch, but it also comes twisted or bricked.

A wad is placed between the cheek and the gum. Someone using chew will build up tobacco juice in the mouth and the saliva produced must be spit out. Often youth who are chewing will carry a pop can or cup to spit in.

​Snuff or Dip​ - A fine-grain tobacco that often comes in bags. A pinch is placed between the lower lip and gum. It is also available in small individual sachets/packets that resemble small tea bags and are considered less messy, and may be harder to detect.

For more information about smokeless tobacco and how to quit, check out these links:
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