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Chewing Tobacco
April 2000

Q. I chew Tobacco. Is this really harmful?

A. Yes it is. Smokeless Tobacco is used by about 15 Million Americans. Many of them are young adults. There are several studies to show that it does serious harm from dental disease to Cancer of the head and Neck. The nicotine is absorbed through the oral mucous membranes and one can easily become nicotine addicted. I strongly advise that you quit.

Quitting methods are similar to those used for smokers, including setting a quit date, considering use of Nicotine replacement therapy such as the Nicotine patch, and behavioral modification.

Reference: American Cancer Society: 1-800-227-2345

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