those who use chewing tobacco just once in a while have 4 times the risk of
developing oral cancer than do non-users.
a person who uses chewing tobacco three or more times a week for over a year
has 50 times the risk of developing cancer than do non-users. This risk
is even greater than that of smoking cigarettes. Unlike smoking cigarettes
where cancer develops slowly over time, chewing tobacco can cause cancer
quickly in teens and young adults.
chewing tobacco contains grit and sand, which wear away at the teeth.
chewing tobacco contains added sugars to improve the taste but wear away at
teeth, leading to cavities and tooth loss.
chewing tobacco causes gum disease and visual gum damage in less than 2-3 months.
50% of teenage users have some type of gum problem.
chewing tobacco causes gums to pull away from the teeth, which further increases
the risk of tooth decay and loss.