Cost of Chewing Tobacco

Tip Two on How to Quit Smokeless Tobacco

Cost of Chewing Tobacco

Did you know that you can develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco? Tobacco is the most common and most preventable known cause of oral cancer. Long time users are up to 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco than non-users. If you continue to dip, your chance of developing oral cancer from chewing tobacco is extremely high and each day you postpone quitting your risk of cancer increases.

In 2011 about 39,400 people were diagnosed with oral cancer. According to the American Cancer Society about 20% of those died within the year and in five years about 40% of those diagnosed will die from the disease. The reality of the medical problems associated with smokeless tobacco are extreme disadvantages of dipping and one that your mind often tries to make you overlook. Be sure to remember these facts about oral cancer from chewing tobacco as you fill out the disadvantages of dipping in the next section.

Much more information on the horrors of oral cancer from smokeless tobacco can found all over the Internet. We highly recommend you visit the following sites to learn more about oral cancer from chewing tobacco and how to quit smokeless for good:

Lets get practical on how you can quit smokeless tobacco

Really think about the costs of dipping that were mentioned above. Count the cost of continuing to dip verses if you quit smokeless tobacco. First, focus on what your life would look like if you continued dipping as you are. List both the advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of dipping:

  • Give me pleasure
  • Relaxes me.
  • Tastes better than gum.
  • Something to do.
  • Macho image.
  • Easier to continue to use it than to try to quit smokeless
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Disadvantages of Dipping:

Dollar Cost

  • $500-$900 product cost
  • Insurance cost will go up
  • Gum disease will cost thousands of dollars
  • Cancer will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars
  • Tooth decay and dentist visits will cost thousands of dollars
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Health Issues

  • Oral Cancer from chewing tobacco
  • Throat Cancer
  • Loss of teeth
  • Gum Disease
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Personal issues

  • Loss of self-respect
  • Undisciplined life style
  • Poor outlook on life
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Humiliation
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Now take a look at what your life would look like if you quit smokeless and write down the advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages if I quit smokeless:

  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Peace of mind
  • Disciplined life style
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Disadvantages if I quit smokeless:

  • Too much extra money
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What do you now think would be the cost if you quit smokeless tobacco?

Weigh both sides of quitting verses remaining addicted to smokeless tobacco. Take an honest, practical look at your lists. What do you come up with? It is foolish to continue to dip! Even down right stupid!

Desperation leads to action and desperate action leads to freedom.

To gain freedom you must have a firm picture of your goal to quit smokeless tobacco. You must look reality in the face until you become desperate to quit smokeless tobacco once and for all. Continue to dwell on the costs of quitting until you have become fully convinced, without a shadow of a doubt, that breaking your addiction is the only chance you have to gain the type of lifestyle you desire.

What are you going to do now?

Go to tip #3: Make The Choice to Quit Smokeless Tobacco

References

Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer. American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/OralCavityandOropharyngealCancer/DetailedGuide/index. Accessed January 4, 2012.

6 thoughts on “Cost of Chewing Tobacco

    • Hey Adam,

      Thanks for stopping by. We never said quitting is easy. Just about everything worth doing is hard. We want to help. The tips and resources here are a good place to start. A support system is very important. One good place to find others who have dealt with the same issues you are is http://www.killthecan.org. Thousands before you have kicked tobacco addiction. You can too!

  1. ive tryed to quit dipping but ive been dipping since i was eight years old and now im twentyfive is there anything out there that can help me quit dipping

    • David,

      We know how hard it is and want you to have the the very best chance of escaping tobacco addiction. A big part of the disease is behavioural. You are used to having dip in your mouth. Its comforting. That’s why we made the BaccOff products. To give you a safe non-addictive alternative. But is also important to have a support system, a group of people who have been where you are and and want to help you succeed. Visit http://www.killthecan.org.

  2. My son came home one day here recently and, to my shock, he had a mouth full! We are talking about a kid that lectured his father that chewed for 25 years! It was not allowed around me, in my house or around my children, I even stopped kissing my husband! We have been married for 24 years. Long time to go without the passion of a kiss! 1 year ago he had a scare. We were sent to a specialist. After days waiting, god graced us with negative. Needless to say he stopped that day cold turkey! Now I found out any time they would go hunting my husband was using in front of my son! Now 17, he is doing it all the time. I told him if I see it again I will make him swallow it in hopes it makes him sick as a dog and not want to do it again! I’m scared and I’m reaching out for help. This kid needs a reality check! I don’t have a lot to offer but a place to stay and a home cooked meal! If anyone is in the utah county, utah I would love love for you to get ahold of me and stop by to shock this kid into reality please please can anyone help? 801-361-1546. Wendy just a mom

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