Know What You’re Chewing


  • Smokeless tobacco is highly addictive
  • Soldiers who chew, dip, or snuff have a higher risk of cancer
  • The ingredients in chew, dip, and snuff are plain old nasty

Picture the fuel nozzle at a gas station pump. Odds are it’s not something you’d put in your mouth, and you’d squirm if someone else did.

So why do so many Soldiers turn a blind eye when a buddy packs a plug of dip, chew, or snuff into his mouth?

The smokeless tobacco products are made of stuff also found in motor fuel, bug sprays, and nuclear waste.

Smokeless tobacco has three times the amount of nicotine as cigarettes, which makes it extremely addictive.

People who dip, chew, or snuff tobacco run the same risk of gum disease, heart disease, and addiction as cigarette smokers. Worse: smokeless tobacco users run an even greater risk of getting oral cancer, which kills 50 percent of its victims within five years of diagnosis.

If a fellow Soldier or you are thinking about quitting, you have a lot of options. Quit Tobacco’s mobile text messaging program sends coaching tips, advice, and encouragement directly to your mobile phone.

Want more evidence that trashing the chew tin is the right move? Read more about the nasty ingredients:


The products contain tobacco mixed with ingredients that include:

Arsenic: a poison used in insecticides, rat poison, and anchoring cement used to build houses
Cyanide: a poison found in chemical weapons and car exhaust
Polonium 210: a highly radioactive and chemically toxic element found in nuclear waste
N-Nitrosamines: cancer causing toxins found in brake fluid and granite counter-top cleaners
Formaldehyde: a cancer causing chemical found in glue and gas stoves. Also used to preserve corpses
Cadmium: found in motor oil and gear oil
Benzene: found in unleaded gasoline, car engine degreasers, insecticides, motor oil and paint
Lead: a poison found in high-mileage motor oil and ceramic glaze
Uranium 235: a toxic chemical used in nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons such as the World War II atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.


Read more about quitting tobacco and join the Great American Spit Out

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