There are 28 known cancer causing chemicals in smokeless tobacco; it is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. According to the CDC, in previous years, Kentucky has been ranked #1 in the highest rates of oral cancer.
- Using smokeless tobacco increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Smokeless tobacco can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
- Also, it can cause white or gray patches in the mouth known as leukoplakia, which can lead to cancer.
- The Oral Cancer Foundation states close to 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour.
- The 5-year survival rate for these cancers is about 57 percent.
- Death from oral cancer is nearly twice as high in some minorities.
- Oral cancer can be hard to detect in the early stages often producing no pain or symptoms.
- Avoiding high risk behaviors, which includes use of smokeless tobacco, is critical in preventing oral cancers. Protect your health; don’t use tobacco.
For more information about Smokeless Tobacco and Oral Cancer visit: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/smokeless/health_effects/index.htm