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Know What’s In Your Mouth

There is a growing popularity of youth trying alternative tobacco products, thinking that it is a safer choice than smoking cigarettes. An Ontario study indicated that 10% of Durham Region students in grades 9-12 reported using smokeless tobacco at least once in their lifetime.

Smokeless tobacco, also called spit tobacco, chewing tobacco, chew, chaw, dip, or plug, comes in two forms: snuff and chewing tobacco. Both products are left in the mouth to suck on the tobacco juices and then spitting often to get rid of the saliva that builds up. Nicotine is then absorbed into the bloodstream through the tissues in the mouth. It is not smoked or swallowed. Chewing tobacco has many chemicals in it that can affect your lips, mouth, tongue and throat to cause cancer.



To receive a copy of the Know What’s In Your Mouth toolkit, please contact your school’s public health nurse or call Durham Health Connection Line at 1-800-841-2729 or 905-666-6241.

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