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Face of Dip

People using screen readers may not be able to fully view information in this file. Video description: A young man looks at his cancer-disfigured mouth in the mirror. Voiceover: When you see yourself like that, it’s hard to believe that it all began with a can of dip. But then you start to look back. Video description: Cut to boy in the past. He looks younger and pulls a tooth out of his mouth. Voiceover: When your teeth started getting loose. Video description: He looks younger. He touches his jaw and gives a grimace of pain. Voiceover: When you ignored the signs. Video description: He looks even younger. He sees white patches in his mouth in the mirror. Voiceover:  When you thought white patches were no big deal.

Video description: Now he looks much younger. He checks himself in the mirror. A can of dip sits on top of the sink. Voiceover: When you believed a can of dip could do no harm. Video description: His face turns again into the young man with the mouth disfigured. Voiceover: Dip can cause mouth cancer. Voiceover: Smokeless doesn’t mean harmless. Text is displayed: The Real Cost logo, Smokeless doesn’t mean harmless, FDA logo. For any more help, please email tobaccocampaigns@fda.hhs.gov.

Chances are the last things on your mind are mouth cancer and facial disfigurement. It’s hard to believe it could all start with a can of dip.

Find out how dip is harmful to your health.

What’s so bad about dip? White patches, mouth cancer, gum disease, tooth loss & brown teeth

> White Patches

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Think white patches are no big deal? White patches can turn into cancer

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> Gum Disease

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Dip can cause gum disease, which could cost you your teeth

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Dip - Effects Quiz

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> Gruen: how dip can cause cancer

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Gruen VonBehrens started dipping at 13. He was diagnosed with mouth cancer at 17. He died at 38

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> What's so bad about dip?

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What’s so bad about dip? Mouth cancer, gum disease, tooth loss, & brown teeth

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Smokeless is Not Harmless

Smokeless is Not Harmless

How does smokeless tobacco affect your health? It can get ugly.

Smokeless tobacco can cause gum disease and ultimately cost you your teeth. |page|

Smokeless is Not Harmless

Dippers and chewers also often develop white patches in their mouths that can turn into cancer. In fact, dip can cause cancers of the mouth, esophagus and pancreas.

Oh, and did we mention dip can lead to nicotine addiction?

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Jeans

People using screen readers may not be able to fully view information in this file. Video description: A pair of worn jeans is hanging over a chair in a teenage boy’s bedroom. Cut to height measure chart on the wall and medals on a desk. Baseball game is playing on TV. Cut to worn jeans hanging over a chair. Camera creeps to the ring on jeans back pocket left by a can of dip. Voiceover: Dip doesn’t just leave a mark on your jeans.

Video description: Circle on pocket turns into scar on the face of a man. Cut to man’s face disfigured by cancer. Voiceover: Dip can cause mouth cancer. Text is displayed: Gruen VonBehrens started dipping at age 13.

He was diagnosed with mouth cancer at age 17. He died at 38. Voiceover: Smokeless doesn’t mean harmless. Text is displayed: The Real Cost logo, Smokeless doesn’t mean harmless, FDA logo. For any more help, please email tobaccocampaigns@fda.hhs.gov.

A can of dip can leave a mark on your jeans, but dip can also leave a more disfiguring mark on your face, in the form of mouth cancer.

Learn about how dip is harmful to your health.

Dip doesn’t just leave a mark on your jeans. Dip can cause mouth cancer

> Brain Change

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Nicotine changes the way your brain works

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> Yeast, Mold, and Bacteria

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Yeast. Mold. Bacteria. Just a few of the nasty things that can be found in dip

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> Smoking Can Make Stress Even Worse

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Smoking can make stress even worse

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> 1 in 5 Deaths is Smoking-Related

Nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. is smoking-related
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1 in 5 Deaths is Smoking-Related

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Brain Change

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Face of Dip

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Smokeless Tobacco and Some Tobacco-Specific N-Nitrosamines. Lyon, France. World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2007.

  • Secretan B, Straif K, Baan R, et al. A review of human carcinogens—Part E: tobacco, areca nut, alcohol, coal smoke, and salted fish. The Lancet Oncology. 2009; 10(11): 1033-1034.

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Gum Disease

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS). Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2012.

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Jeans

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QUIZ: Dip can cause white patches that can lead to mouth cancer, and no amount of brushing can treat or get rid of them

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Smokeless Tobacco and Some Tobacco-Specific N-Nitrosamines. Lyon, France. World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2007.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS). Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2012.

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QUIZ: Dip can cause white patches, mouth cancer and pancreatic cancer

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Smokeless Tobacco and Some Tobacco-Specific N-Nitrosamines. Lyon, France. World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2007.

  • Secretan B, Straif K, Baan R, et al. A review of human carcinogens—Part E: tobacco, areca nut, alcohol, coal smoke, and salted fish. The Lancet Oncology. 2009; 10(11): 1033-1034.

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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS). Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2012.

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Smokeless is Not Harmless

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Smokeless Tobacco and Some Tobacco-Specific N-Nitrosamines. Lyon, France. World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2007.

  • Secretan B, Straif K, Baan R, et al. A review of human carcinogens—Part E: tobacco, areca nut, alcohol, coal smoke, and salted fish. The Lancet Oncology. 2009; 10(11): 1033-1034.

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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS). Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2012.

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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS). Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General (Consumer Booklet). Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2012.

Smoking Can Make Stress Even Worse

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What's so bad about dip?

  • Secretan B, Straif K, Baan R, et al. A review of human carcinogens—Part E: tobacco, areca nut, alcohol, coal smoke, and salted fish. The Lancet Oncology. 2009; 10(11): 1033-1034.

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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS). Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2012.

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White Patches

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Smokeless Tobacco and Some Tobacco-Specific N-Nitrosamines. Lyon, France. World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2007.

  • Secretan B, Straif K, Baan R, et al. A review of human carcinogens—Part E: tobacco, areca nut, alcohol, coal smoke, and salted fish. The Lancet Oncology. 2009; 10(11): 1033-1034.

    0036, 0037
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS). Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2012.

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Yeast, Mold, and Bacteria