- Smokeless tobacco contains higher quantities of nicotine than most cigarettes. And it increases the likelihood that the person using it will become a smoker.1
- It shocked me to learn that according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) 4% of boys in middle school and 20% of high school boys use smokeless tobacco. Half of them will likely develop pre-cancerous white patches in their mouths. ·
- Smokeless tobacco products, just like cigarettes, contain at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals. And the sugar that is often added to enhance the flavor increases the risk for tooth decay.2 ·
- Smokeless tobacco is known to cause cancers of the mouth, lip, tongue and pancreas. Users may also be at risk for cancer of the voice box, esophagus, colon and bladder, if they swallow toxins in the juice.2
April isn’t just the time that baseball comes back in full swing; it’s also Oral Cancer Awareness Month. That makes this a great time to remind you that oral cancer affects males and females, adults and kids. And even if you are not a smoker, make sure your dentist does an oral cancer exam [pulls and twists your tongue] at every visit.
Please share these facts with the teens and youth in your life. And I’d be curious to know what they think about smokeless tobacco and keeping it out of baseball? Check out the facts: