Smokeless Tobacco Use


Smokeless (non-combustible) forms of tobacco may contain over 3,000 chemicals, including 28 carcinogens (chemicals that cause cancer). While smokeless tobacco is not associated with lung cancer, it increases risk of oral cancers (lip, tongue and cheek, floor and roof of the mouth), esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

Like cigarette smoking, smokeless tobacco also contains nicotine and is highly addictive.7 Smokeless tobacco is also linked with pregnancy complications, and may increase risk of death from heart disease and stroke.9

Tobacco companies are continuing to develop new products, and more long-term research is needed to determine the level of risk associated with using these products.9



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