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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

Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer
A fact sheet about the health risks associated with the use of smokeless tobacco. National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet 10.15

Smokeless Tobacco or Health: An International Perspective
A Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph, from the National Cancer Institute.

Smokeless Tobacco Fact Sheets: 3rd International Congress on Smokeless Tobacco
Includes information about the brand and common names of smokeless tobacco products, their geographic location of use, their constituents, how the products are used, who primarily uses them, and the manufacturing processes.

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 Young People
A report of the Surgeon General of the United States.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Smokeless Tobacco
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.

The Health Consequences of Using Smokeless Tobacco
A report of the Surgeon General of the United States.

Cancer Topic Searches: Tobacco
Tobacco-related citations using the PubMed database, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

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