Despite the restrictions placed on youth advertising by the Smokeless Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (UST) has continued to advertise in youth-oriented magazines.
For years, tobacco companies have marketed smokeless tobacco products as a way to use tobaccoin places or situations when smoking is not allowed or is not socially acceptable, and that practice continues today.
One high school student admitted using Camel Snus during class, saying "It's easy, it's super discreet... and none of the teachers will ever know what I'm doing."
The use of spit or smokeless tobacco by any name can cause:
- Cancers of the mouth
- Cancers of the pharynx (throat) and larynx (voice box)
- Cancers of the esophagus (swallowing tube) and stomach
- Cancer of the pancreas
- Receding gums and gum diease, which can worsen to the point that the teeth fall out
- Pre-cancerous spots in the mouth, called leukoplakia