Written by From Northeast Montana Tobacco Prevention Coalition
Smokeless tobacco causes cancer, increases the risk of fatal stroke or heart attack, reduces fertility in men and contributes to oral disease.
Smokeless tobacco can kill. The Surgeon General has determined that the use of smokeless tobacco can lead to oral cancer, gum disease and nicotine addiction. Users of smokeless tobacco have an increased risk of death from heart attack or stroke.
Smokeless tobacco is toxic! Chewing tobacco and snuff contain 28 carcinogens (cancer causing agents). The most harmful carcinogens in smokeless tobacco are the tobacco-specific nitrosamines. Nicotine content of smokeless tobacco is highly variable — high doses may present substantial stress on the cardiovascular system.
Quit now. Help is available. Contact the Montana Tobacco Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). Quitline Coaches are trained to assist you and support materials and sessions are free.
Further information, materials and assistance for tobacco prevention planning may be obtained from health departments and tobacco prevention coalition staff: in Daniels County, Mary Nyhus at 783-5366; in Roosevelt County, Bev Azure at 653-6212 and Bonnie Wemmer at 653-6223; and Fort Peck Tribal Tobacco Prevention, Brett Mudgett at 768-7919.