Apr 16, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center


Cigarettes get most of the blame for causing cancer when it comes to tobacco products. For Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, we want to remind you that smokeless tobacco products are just as harmful as cigarettes and can also cause cancer.

Smokeless tobacco (also called chewing or spit tobacco) is placed between the cheek or lip and the gums and is held there or chewed instead of being smoked. Dry snuff is sniffed through the nose. Some smokeless tobacco products increase a person’s risk of developing cancers of the mouth, throat, tongue, pancreas, and esophagus. Smokeless tobacco products can also scratch teeth, wear away tooth enamel, cause mouth sores, and permanently damage the gums.

Ways to Quit Tobacco

Contact way to quit, a tobacco cessation service offered by the Utah Department of Health. For more information, call way to quit at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. This service offers help in a variety of ways:

Nationally, people can call the National Cancer Institute Smoking Quitline for support at 1-877-448-7848.

For more about tobacco products and the benefits of quitting, visit HCI’s Quitting Tobacco page or call the Cancer Learning Center at 1-888-424-2100.


Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute
cancerinfo@hci.utah.edu

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