We all know the health risks associated with tobacco use- that doesn't make it any less difficult to stop. Whether you use chewing tobacco occasionally or every day, overcoming the habit is hard if you don't have the right tools and resources in your back pocket. Every person is different, and it is important you find the right reasons for quitting. However, the health risks associated with tobacco use can be a motivator. The best way to quit is knowing the negative side effects, setting personal goals, finding your support system, and sticking to it. Remember, you've got this!
If you feel like you are alone in this process of quitting tobacco, you're not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 5.9 million adults currently use smokeless tobacco. About 60% of tobacco users say they'd like to quit. However, 30% say they don't have the right tools or resources to help them quit. Tobacco is a dangerous substance. Quitting the habit is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your overall health. From cancer to heart disease, to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), to pregnancy complications, tobacco wreaks havoc on all our internal organs. However, chewing tobacco especially can cause significant damage to your oral health.