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The truth about: Smokeless tobacco

Smokeless tobacco use has been stable since 2002. In 2015, 6 percent of high school students used smokeless tobacco in the past 30 days.

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There are considerable regional and demographic differences in smokeless tobacco use. Males are far more likely to use smokeless tobacco, and white youth use smokeless tobacco at higher rates. Smokeless tobacco use is most common in the South and Midwest.

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Among high school students who used smokeless tobacco in the past 30 days, 64.7 percent used flavored tobacco

Flavored smokeless tobacco products are particularly popular among youth. Among high school students who used smokeless tobacco in the past 30 days, 64.7 percent used flavored tobacco. Smokeless tobacco continues to have an association with sports. In 2013, 11.1 percent of high school athletes were current smokeless tobacco users, compared to 5.9 percent among high school students who do not play sports.

Smokeless tobacco is far from safe and is linked to three types of cancer—oral, esophageal and pancreatic—and chronic use can still result in nicotine addiction. 

To spread the truth about smokeless tobacco, we’ve summarized the key facts for you to know, use and share.

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