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Dec 12

Smokeless Tobacco Contains 28 Carcinogens

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 3:06 PM by Erika Story

Smokeless tobacco is a significant health risk and is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) and is a known cause of human cancer, as it increases the risk of developing cancer of the oral cavity. Smokeless tobacco use can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence.

Nationally, an estimated 3% of all adults use smokeless tobacco. Adult behavior and acceptance can influence a higher rate of use among our youth.

An estimated 8% of high school students are current smokeless tobacco users, with the highest rate of 10.2% among the White population and a close second of 5.1% among the Hispanic population. An estimated 3% of middle school students are current smokeless tobacco users, where the highest rate of 4% is among the Hispanic population and close behind that is the White population at 3%. Among both high school and middle school rates reflect a much higher use among males than females.

Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers. Please join Montrose County Health and Human Services, Colorado Public Health and Environment, and West Central Public Health Partnership in their efforts to combat smokeless tobacco use through community engagement and policy aimed at prevention and cessation of all tobacco use.

For more information, contact Danace Arthur, Heath Educator, Montrose County Health & Human Services at 970-252-5011 or

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