USERS IN SOUTH DAKOTA
Did you know that smokeless tobacco use in South Dakota is higher than the national average? Smokeless tobacco is just as dangerous for your health as cigarettes and other tobacco products. The only way to protect yourself from these consequences is to kick the habit for good.
These smokeless tobacco products include:
CONSIDER THE RISKS
Take a look at what makes smokeless tobacco so dangerous. It's not harmless!
ORAL HEALTH RISKS
The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that of nearly 54,000 Americans to get oral oropharyngeal cancer this year, 9,750 will die. That adds up to one person every hour.
Other oral health problems caused by smokeless tobacco:
- Irritated or receding gums
- High blood pressure
- Cracked or bleeding lips
- Excessive spitting
- Red or white patches in the mouth
APPEAL OF VARIETY & FLAVORS
Unlike cigarettes, tobacco companies can add sweeteners and flavors to smokeless tobacco products, making it seem more appealing to young people. These companies regularly come out with new varieties of their products with increased health risks.
Since it contains nicotine, users are still exposed to the harms of nicotine addiction. Users often partake in the product constantly, making them highly dependent on the drug.
Did you know?
Dipping 8-10 times a day exposes the user to as much nicotine as smoking 30-40 cigarettes. That's more than two to three times the amount of nicotine.
TARGETING RURAL POPULATIONS
- Young men
- Native Americans
- Farmers and ranchers
- Rodeo/cowboys (men and women)
Oral Cancer Self Exam
Chewing tobacco puts you at risk of oral lesions, oral cancer and other cancers of the esophagus, pharynx, larynx, stomach and pancreas. If you currently chew or have chewed tobacco, take these seven steps to check for any evidence of oral cancer.