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Smokeless Tobacco (cont.)

Reducing Smokeless Tobacco Use

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Although smokeless tobacco has been marketed as a way to use tobacco when smoking is not permitted, smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for smoking. Any tobacco use carries a significant risk of adverse health effect and raises cancer risk, and there is no safe level of smokeless tobacco use. Advertisers have also implied that smokeless tobacco use is a way to help quit cigarette smoking, although there is no proof that smokeless tobacco can be used to help quit smoking.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate tobacco products in the United States. This will permit control over the marketing and advertising of tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco. This law restricts the type and amount of advertising of tobacco products, including exposure of teens and youth to tobacco advertising.

Quitting smokeless tobacco addiction is possible. The numerous support systems, programs, and even prescription medications that are available to help people quit smoking are also effective in helping people quit using smokeless tobacco. Nicotine replacement products as well as prescription medications can be useful in helping people overcome nicotine addiction. The American Cancer Society's publication on quitting smokeless tobacco (see References below) is an excellent guide for those interested in quitting smokeless tobacco use.

Medically reviewed by A Board Certified Family Practice Physician

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/12/2014

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