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Chewing "Spit" Tobacco (Smoking and Tobacco Cessation)

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Introduction

Mark Twain once said, "Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times." Quitting tobacco is difficult because all forms of it—cigarettes, cigars and spit (chewing) tobacco—contain nicotine and nicotine is the agent in tobacco that's capable of causing addiction or dependence. Dentists and dental professionals can help their patients quit once and for all.

Check out the Additional Resources section below for free materials and information for your office and patients.

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ADA News

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The Journal of the American Dental Association

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ADA Positions & Statements

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Oral Health Education Videos

ADA Dental Minute

  • Dangers of Spit Tobacco
  • Gum Disease
  • Join the Great American Smoke-Out
  • Smokeless Tobacco
  • Why Do Teeth Darken?

Public Service Announcements

  • The Hazards of Smokeless Tobacco (With Cal Ripken, Jr)

Video News Release

  • Cigars: What's So Cool About Bad Breath, Stained Teeth and Oral Cancer?

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Additional Resources

For Dental Professionals—Implement in-office tobacco cessation strategies.

 For Patients—Self-help tobacco cessation tools.

  • National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines
    800-QUITNOW (800-784-8669) TTY 800-332-8615
    The toll-free number is a single access point to the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines. Callers can speak with a counselor to receive help with quitting smoking, informational materials and referrals to other sources. The Quitline Map of North America provides an interactive map with information available by state regarding services offered and hours of operation.
  • You Can Quit Smoking
    The You Can Quit Smoking Kit from the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office is a one-stop source for information to help smokers become tobacco-free. It contains guideline products designed specifically for consumers that are available in English, Spanish, and easy-to-read formats.
  • Quitting Spit Tobacco
    Spit tobacco, also known as dip and chew, snuff, chewing tobacco, and smokeless tobacco, comes in two forms. But no matter what it’s called, spit tobacco is highly addictive and can harm your health. This Web site is sponsored by the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research.
  • American Lung Association
    Smoking cessation support is available from the American Lung Association.
  • You Can Quit Smoking Now!
    This Web site (Smokefree.gov), developed by the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and others, provides information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people who want to quit smoking. The site provides:
    • An online step-by-step cessation guide
    • A link to the national telephone quitline
    • NCI's instant messaging service
    • Publications, which may be downloaded, printed, or ordered

Community-based Interventions

  • Guide to Community Preventive Services: Tobacco Use and Control, CDC
    This guide, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides recommendations to decision makers about the types of interventions most appropriate for reducing tobacco use and exposure for different populations. Recommendations are based upon the strength of the evidence for each intervention type according to a systematic review process and are helpful to decision makers when selecting an intervention for specific groups or individuals.
  • Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
    The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids works to reduce tobacco use worldwide. By working to affect change in public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, they strive to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.
  • Tar Wars
    Tar Wars, sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians is designed to educate students about being tobacco-free, provide them with the tools to make positive decisions regarding their health, and promote personal responsibility for their well-being. Information on classroom presentations is available.
  • American Legacy Foundation
    The American Legacy Foundation is dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. Its two goals are to arm all young people with the knowledge and tools to reject tobacco and to eliminate disparities in access to tobacco prevention and cessation services. The Foundation’s Great Start program is the first national media campaign and toll-free quitline number to help pregnant women quit smoking. Pregnant women who want to quit smoking can obtain free, confidential counseling in English and Spanish by calling toll-free 1-866-66-START.

Literature on Tobacco Use

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