The built project was funded by the California’s Tobacco Tax Fund (Proposition 99) from 1999-2007, and in that time, developed numerous resources about cessation and prevention of tobacco use by construction and blue collar workers.  Many of these materials are still available in hard copy through the Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California (TECC):  (search for “union”).

We are pleased to have received funding from Pfizer to update the website and select materials.  Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

June 2000

There are two forms of spit tobacco: chewing tobacco and snuff. Users keep chewing tobacco in their mouths for several hours to get a continuous high from the nicotine in the tobacco.

Snuff is a powdered tobacco that is put between the lower lip and the gum. Just a pinch is all that's needed to release the nicotine, which is then swiftly absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in a quick high.

If you use spit/chew check your mouth often, looking closely at the places where you hold the tobacco. See your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

A sore that bleeds easily and doesn't heal
A lump or thickening anywhere in your mouth or neck
Soreness or swelling that doesn't go away
A red or white patch that doesn't go away
Trouble chewing, swallowing, or moving your tongue or jaw

All of these are warning signs of cancer. Spit/chew has been shown to cause cancer of the tongue, mouth and gums.


American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Inc.

June 22, 2000