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Oral Cancer Home Page
NCI's gateway for information about oral cancer (cancer of the lip or mouth).

Head and Neck Cancer Home Page
NCI's gateway for information about head and neck cancer.

Smoking and Cancer Home Page
Information about quitting smoking, smoking and cancer, secondhand smoke, cigarettes and other tobacco products, tobacco research, and smoking statistics.

Tobacco Statistics Snapshot
A concise collection of tobacco-related statistics.

Smokeless Tobacco: Key Points

  • Snuff is a finely ground or shredded tobacco that is either sniffed through the nose or placed between the cheek and gum. Chewing tobacco is used by putting a wad of tobacco inside the cheek.

  • Chewing tobacco and snuff contain 28 cancer-causing agents.

  • Smokeless tobacco users have an increased risk of developing cancer of the oral cavity.

  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and several national organizations offer information about the health risks of smokeless tobacco and how to quit.

  See Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer: Questions and Answers.

Help with Quitting

  NCI offers free, confidential information about quitting chewing tobacco and snuff:

  • Call 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848). Talk with a smoking cessation counselor about quitting smokeless tobacco - call NCI's Smoking Quitline, within the United States, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.

  • Use LiveHelp online chat. For smokeless tobacco information, click on the "Smoking Cessation" button in the LiveHelp pop-up - have a confidential online text chat with an NCI smoking cessation counselor, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time.

Information from NCI

Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer: Questions and Answers
A fact sheet about the health risks associated with the use of smokeless tobacco. National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet 10.15

Smokeless Tobacco or Health: An International Perspective
A Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph, from the National Cancer Institute.

Smokeless Tobacco Fact Sheets: 3rd International Congress on Smokeless Tobacco
Includes information about the brand and common names of smokeless tobacco products, their geographic location of use, their constituents, how the products are used, who primarily uses them, and the manufacturing processes.

Smokeless Tobacco Research Projects
Information on NCI-supported smokeless-tobacco-related research projects, from the Cancer Research Portfolio database.

Additional Resources

Spit Tobacco
Links to spit tobacco (also known as smokeless tobacco) information from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Smokeless Tobacco
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about smokeless tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco and snuff.

Smokeless Tobacco
Links to smokeless tobacco information resources, from the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus.

Medical Encyclopedia: Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco
Information from the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus.

The Health Consequences of Using Smokeless Tobacco
A report of the Surgeon General of the United States.

Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People
A report of the Surgeon General of the United States.

Cancer Topic Searches: Tobacco
Tobacco-related citations using the PubMed database, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

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