Through with Chew Fact Sheet

  • There are two main types of products referred to as “chew”: chewing tobacco and snuff. These products may also be referred to as “dip”, “spit”, or “snus”.
  • Chewing tobacco usually comes in leaf or brick form. It is then placed in the mouth between the cheek and gum, typically toward the back of the mouth. Saliva is either spit or swallowed.
  • Snuff is generally powder, or finely ground tobacco. Users typically place a pinch (or pouch for some products) between the cheek and gum, or behind the upper and lower lip.
  • In Colorado, nearly 4% of adults (ages 18+), and 7% of high school students use chew.1
  • Roughly 7% of Colorado men chew, compared to less than 1% of Colorado women. Among high school students, 12% of male students use chew, compared to about 2% of female students.1
  • 13.3% of men in rural areas of Colorado use chew vs. 5.6% of men in non-rural areas.1
  • Chew products contain at least 28 chemicals known to cause cancer.2
  • Most common types of cancer associated with chew are oral, esophageal, and pancreatic.2
  • Chew can also cause gum disease, heart disease, and precancerous lesions in the mouth.2
  • Other oral conditions caused by chew can include: removal of tongue if cancerous, cancer of jaw or bone loss, gum recession or peeling back gums, bone loss around teeth, bad breath.3
  • Chew delivers a high dose of nicotine – the average nicotine dose for snuff is 3.6mg and 4.5mg for chewing tobacco. A cigarette typically contains 1-2mg of nicotine.3
  • The tobacco industry spends more than $450 million a year marketing smokeless tobacco products.4
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