Statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicate that nearly 1,000 males under the age of 18 use smokeless tobacco for the first time each day in the United States. Because of the prevalence of chew, dip, snus, and other form of smokeless tobacco in rural areas along with a lack of targeted education about the health risks associated with smokeless tobacco use, these teens are at high risk for developing health issues such as:
- Nicotine addiction
- Tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Oral, esophagus, pancreatic, and other forms of cancer
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
Why Smokeless Tobacco?
Teens are often drawn to smokeless tobacco because they want to seem tough or look cool in front of peers. Tobacco often has a mood-elevating effect, making it seem like a positive experience…until addiction sets in and the need to use tobacco becomes prevalent.
It can be very difficult to stop using smokeless tobacco. It contains more nicotine than cigarettes, so while smokeless tobacco users can avoid lung damage associated with inhaling smoke, they receive a higher level of nicotine, making it very addictive.
Start the Conversation
Discuss the risks associated with tobacco use with your children. Talk about how tobacco use is portrayed in the media and ways to respond to peer pressure. Ask them about their perceptions of tobacco; you may find that your children are completely uninterested, or you may discover that they think that smokeless tobacco is safer for their health. If you catch your kids smoking, resist the urge to deliver a sermon and instead have a frank and honest conversation with them about the dangers related to tobacco use.
Schuerman Law Cares
We’re sharing these tips because we want you and your loved ones to stay safe and healthy. If you or someone you care about is affected is suffering from an illness or injury that may be associated with smokeless tobacco products, please consult your physician and consider contacting our office.
Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.