The Facts About Chewing Tobacco
A lot of athletes get hooked before they know the facts about dip and chew. They don't know that spit tobacco:
• Is highly addictive
• Contains nicotine
• Doesn't help performance
• Is not a safe alternative to cigarettes
Addiction is one tough opponent. It doesn't take long to get hooked. In fact, you get more nicotine from spit tobacco than from cigarettes. To get unhooked, you have to know what you're up against and you need a game plan. Once you're hooked, it's hard to keep a lid on this.
There are no benefits of using spit tobacco. In a Major League Baseball poll, not one player who used dip or chew said that the tobacco improved his game or sharpened his reflexes. Almost all scientists agree that spit tobacco does not improve athletic performance.
What's really in it for you?
• Nicotine (addictive drug)
• Polonium 210 (nuclear waste)
• Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
• Cancer-Causing Chemicals
• Radioactive Elements
These are just some of the ingredients in dip and chew. Spit tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes. The toxic chemicals can damage your gums. They also can cause cancer. Even if you don't know the harm dip and chew can do, your body does.
Up to a certain point, if you quit, your body can heal itself; but the longer you use spit tobacco, the bigger your risk of getting cancer. You don't have to dip for 30 years to get cancer. Quit while you're still ahead of the game. Don't let it be too late. Chewing tobacco and snuff can cause mouth and throat cancer. There are some athletes who have developed mouth cancer after only 6 or 7 years of using spit tobacco. It's hard to cure because it spreads fast. If not caught right away, major surgery is often needed to take out parts of your mouth, jaw, and tongue.
Check your mouth often. Look closely at places where you hold the tobacco. See your physician or us for an oral cancer exam; and to check the condition of your tongue right away if you have the following symptoms:
• A sore that bleeds easily and doesn't heal
• A lump or thickening anywhere in your mouth or neck
• Soreness or swelling that doesn't go away
• Trouble chewing, swallowing, or moving your tongue or jaw.