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Tobacco - BAD NEWS in any form!


Tobacco in any form can jeopardize your child’s health and cause permanent or incurable damage. Teach your child about the dangers of tobacco!

Smokeless tobacco, also called spit, chew, or snuff is often used by teens who believe that it is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. This is an unfortunate misconception. Studies show that spit tobacco may be more addictive than smoking cigarettes and may be more difficult to quit. Teens who use it may be interested to know that one can of snuff per day delivers as much nicotine as 60 cigarettes. In as little as three to four months, smokeless tobacco use can cause periodontal disease and produce precancerous lesions called leukoplakias.

If your child is a tobacco user you should watch for the following problems that could be early signs of oral cancer:

  • a sore that doesn't subside or heal
  • a change in the way that your child's teeth fit together
  • white or red leathery patches on his/her lips or under his/her tongue
  • pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in your child's mouth or lips
  • difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving his/her jaw or tongue

Because the early signs of oral cancer usually are not painful, people often ignore them. If it’s not caught in the early stages, oral cancer can require extensive, sometimes disfiguring surgery. Even worse, it can be fatal.

Help your child avoid tobacco in any form. By doing so, your child will avoid bringing cancer-causing chemicals in direct contact with his/her tongue, gums, and cheeks.



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