UNDERSTAND WHAT SMOKELESS TOBACCO IS AND HOW IT AFFECTS UTAHNS
Smokeless tobacco includes chewing tobacco, snuff and snus. Chewing tobacco comes in the form of loose leaf, plug, or twist and is placed between the cheek and gums. Snuff is ground tobacco leaf that can be dry, moist or packaged in pouches, and it’s either inhaled into the nose or placed in the mouth. Dip is a type of snuff that is always placed in the mouth and requires spitting. Snus is a moist, smokeless tobacco and usually comes in small pouches that are placed under the lip against the gum and doesn’t necessarily require spitting.
In Utah, 2.9 percent of adults use smokeless tobacco, and 3.9% of Utah youth have tried it (with 1.1% using it in past 30 days). Smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes. It contains nicotine and 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens). Youth who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers. Rural areas typically have higher smokeless tobacco use rates than urban areas.