Nicotine and Smokeless Tobacco Facts

The average starting age for a Texas teen using smokeless tobacco is 13.
Source: Texas School Survey of Substance Use Among Students

Four percent of Texas adults use smokeless tobacco, yet eight percent of Texas youth use it.
Source: BRFSS Survey; 2006 Youth Tobacco Survey

Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dippers may be exposed to more cancer-causing chemicals than a one-pack-a-day cigarette smoker, based on the higher nicotine levels per serving in smokeless tobacco.
Source: American Legacy Foundation

Regardless of its form — whether smokeless or cigarettes — all tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nicotine continues to be absorbed in the bloodstream, even after the smokeless tobacco has been removed from the mouth.
Source: American Legacy Foundation

Smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes. It can cause cancer and a number of non-cancerous oral conditions.
Source: U.S. Surgeon General

Smokeless tobacco can cause leukoplakia, a disease of the mouth characterized by white patches and oral lesions. Leukoplakia can lead to oral cancer and occurs in more than half of all users in the first three years of use.
Source: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Smokeless tobacco stains teeth a yellowish-brown color, causes bad breath and dizziness, and can cause bleeding gums and sores that never heal.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Smokeless tobacco contains at least 3,000 chemicals, including formaldehyde, arsenic, acetone and Polonium-210. Urea, which is found in urine, is also found in smokeless tobacco.
Source: Cancer Control and American Legacy Foundation