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Smokeless Use & Health Issues - U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company

The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health authorities have determined that smokeless tobacco products are addictive and cause serious diseases.

USSTC believes that smokeless tobacco product users and potential smokeless tobacco product users should be guided by the messages of the U.S. Surgeon General and public health authorities worldwide in making all smokeless tobacco product use-related decisions.

In this section of our website, therefore, you will find information on these smokeless tobacco-related messages, as well as links to government and public health authorities, including the U.S. Surgeon General's reports related to tobacco. In addition, our smokeless tobacco product packages and advertising materials carry the four federally-mandated warnings required for smokeless tobacco packaging and advertisements.

Smokeless tobacco products and disease in smokeless tobacco product consumers

The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health authorities have determined that smokeless tobacco products:

  • cause serious diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and other diseases of the mouth, gums and teeth;
  • may increase the risk of serious diseases when used in combination with smoking;
  • cause adverse reproductive effects and should not be used during pregnancy; and
  • are not a safe alternative to smoking.
Smokeless tobacco product users and potential smokeless tobacco product users should be guided by these messages in making all tobacco use-related decisions.

Click on the links at the right to obtain more information about smokeless tobacco product use and disease in smokeless tobacco product users.

Addiction

The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health authorities have determined that smokeless tobacco products are addictive. It can be very difficult to quit using smokeless tobacco products, but this should not deter smokeless tobacco product users who want to quit from trying to do so. Learn more about Quitting the Use of Smokeless Tobacco Products.

Quitting the use of smokeless tobacco products

For smokeless tobacco users who have decided to quit, a wealth of expert quitting information exists from public health authorities and others. For example:

  • www.smokefree.gov is a website from the National Cancer Institute which provides free information and professional help to people trying to quit using tobacco, including smokeless tobacco.
  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) is a toll-free telephone number which connects callers to their state-run quitline for counseling and information about quitting tobacco.
Learn more about U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company’s efforts to support smokeless tobacco users who have decided to quit.  If you decide to quit using smokeless tobacco, visit www.QuitAssist.com.

Surgeon General reports on smokeless tobacco and health

The Surgeon General of the United States has been the nation's leading spokesperson on matters of public health since 1871. A report on smokeless tobacco product use and health was published in 1986. For more information on the Surgeon General reports related to tobacco use, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To access all Surgeon General reports, please visit the National Library of Medicine website and click on the full list of reports link.

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