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The truth about smokeless tobacco

Smokeless tobacco is commonly taken in two forms:

  • Snuff is a finely ground form of tobacco.  Moist snuff (sometimes in a sachet) is placed between the lower lip and gum. Nicotine from the snuff is absorbed through the skin inside the mouth.  Dry snuff is a powder that is taken orally or is sniffed into the nose.
  • Chewing tobacco typically consists of wads of loose leaf tobacco.  Nicotine from the tobacco is absorbed through the skin in the mouth.

Smokeless tobacco is not considered a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes.


National Cancer Institute. Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer: Questions and Answers. ( Accessed 21 May 2010.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Smokeless Tobacco Facts. Accessed 21 May 2010.

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