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Dear Mr. NMCB We are responding to your inquiry to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), one of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH). Congratulations on being tobacco-free. You inquired about the reduction of health risks after quitting dip also known as smokeless tobacco. The following resources discuss the risk factors of smokeless tobacco use, but also the health benefits of quitting. We’ve included specific links to these resources below: The American Cancer Society also has a topics page on “Guide to quitting smokeless tobacco” which can be located here: (http://www.cancer.or...bacco-why-quit). This page discusses risks of using smokeless tobacco and reduction of these risks when you quit. “Many studies have shown high rates of leukoplakia in the mouth where users place their chew or dip. One study found that nearly 3 of 4 daily users of moist snuffs and chewing tobacco had non-cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions (sores) in the mouth. The longer you use oral tobacco, the more likely you are to have leukoplakia. Tobacco can irritate or destroy gum tissue. Many regular smokeless tobacco users have receding gums, gum disease, tooth decay (from the high sugar content in tobacco), and bone loss around the teeth. The surface of the tooth root may be exposed where gums have shrunken. All this can cause teeth to loosen and fall out.” The National Center for Health Statistics may be a good resource if you are looking for statistical information associated with smokeless tobacco: National Center for Health Statistics 3311 Toledo Rd Room 5419 Hyattsville, MD 20782 1 (800) 232-4636 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ and http://www.cdc.gov/n...ats/smoking.htm The NIDCR has online information on smokeless tobacco at the following web site: http://www.nidcr.nih...okelessTobacco/. To learn more, you may wish to visit the following patient support organization web sites that may be sources of additional materials or referrals: Oral Health America's National Spit Tobacco Education Program (http://oralhealthame...programs/nstep/) The American Cancer Society (http://www.cancer.org/index) You may also find it helpful to contact the following organizations for information: National Cancer Institute BG 9609 MSC 9760 9609 Medical Center Drive Bethesda, MD 20892-9760 (800) 4–CANCER (422–6237) Fax: (301) 402–5872 http://www.cancer.gov and http://www.cancer.go...okeless-tobacco and https://pubs.cancer....uYLRHKGNQNJzQ== NHLBI Health Information Center National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute P.O. Box 30105 Bethesda, MD 20824–0105 (301) 592–8573 or (240) 629–3255 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov and http://www.nhlbi.nih.../smo_risks.html National Institute on Drug Abuse National Institutes of Health Office of Science Policy and Communications Public Information and Liaison Branch 6001 Executive Boulevard Room 5213, MSC 9561 Bethesda, MD 20892–9561 (301) 443–1124 or (240) 221–4007 (Spanish) email@example.com http://www.drugabuse.gov or http://www.nida.nih.gov Office on Smoking and Health National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Coordinating Center for Health Promotion Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4770 Buford Highway NE, MS K–50 Atlanta, GA 30341–3717 (800) 232–4636 (CDC public Inquiries) or (800) 784–8669 (QUIT NOW) (888) 232–6348 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco or http://apps.nccd.cdc...uicksearch.aspx (Smoking & Health Resource Library) SAMHSA’s Public Engagement Platform Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration P.O. Box 2345 Rockville, MD 20847–2345 (877) 726–4727 or (800) 487–4889 http://store.samhsa.gov/ American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery 1650 Diagonal Road Alexandria, VA 22314–2857 (703) 836–4444 http://www.entnet.org and http://www.entnet.or...ess-Tobacco.cfm National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center Georgetown University 2115 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 601 Washington, DC 20007–2292 (202) 784–9771 or (202) 784–9777 firstname.lastname@example.org or OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu http://www.mchoralhealth.org and http://www.mchoralhe...ts/tobacco.html To view or order NIDCR publications, visit http://www.nidcr.nih.gov. We hope you find this information helpful. Information Specialist National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research National Institutes of Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Prior to having my eyes opened as to the kind of brotherhood that will develop among quitters, some of the aspects of quitting dip that I could easily understand were the consequences of NOT quitting dip. I immediately gravitated towards a story which completely crystallized those consequences, the story of a man taken too soon as a result of his nicotine addiction. The story of the Kern Family, as chronicled by Tom Kern's wife Jenny and daughter Mackenzie, is both heartbreaking and inspiring. My short and completely inadequate summary of the story is that of a devoted family man who wouldn't recognize the dangers of his addiction, and who just never got around to quitting dip, until it was too late. His fight against cancer, his emotional passing, and the real aftermath of his death, (an aftermath that none of us ever consider when selfishly using chewing tobacco), shook me to the core the first time I read it. I urge anyone thinking about quitting dip to read the story in it's entirety. Start at the bottom and work your way back up.If you think you don't have the time, the most recent entry in the blog by Mackenzie encapsulates the biggest reason I am now quit. Several months ago I took a few minutes to reach out and let the family know what it meant to me, and I heard back from Jenny. She related that although talking about Tom still makes her cry 10 years later, it warms her heart whenever she hears from someone that Tom has inspired, and that she is amazed by how many people Tom's life and her words have helped quit chew. She said that she would pass along the message to her kids and that they also appreciate knowing that others are still being helped by Tom. I would be remiss if I didn't make sure the link was on our site.
So you are a nicotine addict. When you first stuffed your face with Hawkins or took your first puff off a Marlboro, you were cool. You weren't some kid playing with Legos anymore. You grew out your stubble and grew some courage to walk into the 7-11 and ask for a 3 pack of Trojans and a can of Cope without making eye contact with the man behind the counter. Now you are older, and spitting in water bottles and emptying ash trays in the Walmart parking lot is not anyone's version of "being cool". You have begun to notice things in your life that you detest now. They include: Health issuesSmoking and dipping are extremely dangerous to my health or is ruining my healthI have lost my sense of smell, until I open my spit bottle in my 120 degree truck (yuck)It bothers me to be dependent on cigarettes and CopeSmoking gives me very bad breathI notice my gums are eroding from chewing tobaccoI frequently have a sore throat from smoking and dippingI would have more energy if I did not smokeChewing gum all the time has loosened up my fillingsI fear that quitting smoking or chewing will make me gain weight. Quitting smoking does not make you gain weight. You gain weight by over-eating. The people who gain weight when they quit smoking are those who keep putting food in their mouth instead of tobacco.Cosmetic issuesMy cigarette smoke leaves an unpleasant smellI have nicotine stains on my fingers.I am getting wrinkles from smoking.My teeth are discolored from smoking and dipping.Social issuesI am losing contact with my non-smoking friendsPeople think dipping is dirty so I became a ninja dipperMy second-hand smoke is dangerous to those around meI miss time away from loved ones because I smoke in the garage on weekendsMy cigarette smoke bothers other peopleI have to stand outside in the cold to smokeSpitting in public bothers peopleI have become a recluse and a sneak to hide my addiction from loved onesMy sister won't talk to me after her daughter drank out of my Dr Pepper can spitterSometimes I litter when I discard cigarette butts or toss empty cans on the interstateFinancial issuesI spend too much money on the nicotineMy life insurance premiums have increasedI burned holes in my clothingAll my jeans have Skoal rings and I can't wear those to churchMy curtains need to be replaced because they have turned yellowMy carpet in the truck is permanently crusted from spilled spittersNow you realize that you have become a nicotine addict. I know that because you are reading this on quittingdip.com and are trying to find out everything you can about how to quit. You spend 5 minutes searching the house for your lighter, and then just use the stove burner to light one. How many lighters have you had to buy this year already? Or you left your can in the jacket you threw on the back of the chair in your basement, and now you are at your daughter's softball game and you FORGOT YOUR CAN! We've all been there before. That list above are things that all addicts subliminally are aware of, but the Nic Cage (that is what we call nicotine around here) whispers to us that we are friends. I know I was that way too. I was a dipper and smoker for years until I found brotherhood with bad ass quitters you will meet here. No one will say it is easy. There is no patch or magic pill. You have to want it. I know you do. You wouldn't be here if you weren't ready to take back control of your life. This is your chance to be reborn; to become "cool" again. Hell, after a few months around this bunch, you might want to play with Legos again. Thanks for reading. Any questions, click on the Live Chat and I'm sure someone will come in there with you and greet you. If at this point you are ready to join us, then go register for membership and proceed to post your name on the Plebe Quit Scroll.