Tobacco Use Prevention Program
Myths & TRUTHS
There are several myths about spit tobacco. Sometimes these myths make users feel more comfortable about using these smokeless products.
Below are some myths and the truths that relate to them:
Myth: Spit tobacco is a harmless alternative to smoking.
TRUTH: Spit tobacco is still tobacco. In tobacco are nitrosamines, cancer-causing chemicals from the curing process. Note the warnings on the cans.
Myth: Dip (or chew) improves my athletic ability.
TRUTH: A study of professional baseball players found no connection between spit tobacco use and player performance. Using spit tobacco increases your heart rate and blood pressure within a few minutes. This can cause a buzz or rush, but the rise in pulse and blood pressure places an extra stress on your heart.
Myth: Good gum care can offset the harmful effects of using dip or chew.
TRUTH: There is no evidence that brushing and flossing will undo the harm that dip and chew are doing to your teeth and gum.
Myth: It's easy to quit using dip or chew when you want to.
TRUTH: Unfortunately, nicotine addiction makes quitting difficult. But those who have quit successfully are very glad they did.
Smokeless Toacco Users
Gallatin County Tobacco Use Prevention Program
404 West Main
Bozeman, Montana 59715