For the first time, effective treatment for smokeless tobacco addiction is available on the Internet, thanks to a research study funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Chewing tobacco and snuff users age 14-25 are invited to register with MyLastDip.com to take part in a free self-help quitting program. Participants are asked to complete research questionnaires online to help evaluate the quitting program.
“Many people mistakenly believe that chewing tobacco and snuff are safe alternatives to smoking,” said Dr. Herb Severson of Oregon Research Institute, the project director. “In fact, regular use of these products leads to cancer of the mouth, other cancers and heart disease, as well as a wide variety of dental problems.”
Smokeless tobacco may be a factor in 9,000 U.S. cancer deaths from oral cancer each year. More than 6 million Americans use smokeless tobacco products regularly. Use of chewing tobacco and snuff is highest among high school students and young adults ages 15 to 25 and is especially high among minors and residents of rural areas.
The MyLastDip.com quitting program addresses the special difficulties faced by chew and snuff users, who have fewer quitting resources than do smokers. All participants will have access to a Web site containing information and quitting resources that have already helped thousands of chewers to quit.