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Smokeless Tobacco (cont.)

Smokeless Tobacco Facts

  • Smokeless tobacco contains at least 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens).

  • The main carcinogens in smokeless tobacco are called tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs).

  • About 3% of adults aged 26 and over are users of smokeless tobacco, but about 5% of those aged 18-25 report using smokeless tobacco.

  • More than 13% of male high school students and more than 2% of female high school students report using smokeless tobacco.

  • Smokeless tobacco contains nicotine, which causes addiction.

  • Although nicotine is absorbed more slowly from smokeless tobacco than from cigarettes, 3 to 4 times more nicotine is absorbed from smokeless tobacco than from a cigarette.

  • The nicotine from smokeless tobacco stays longer in the bloodstream than nicotine from a cigarette.

  • Smokeless tobacco is used worldwide in a number of different cultures.

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