Facts & Stats on Chewing Tobacco
- Chewing tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking.
- Nationally, an estimated 3 percent of adults -- 8.9 million -- chew tobacco. Smokeless tobacco use is much more common among men (six percent) than women (0.3 percent).
- Approximately 100,000 Wisconsin residents chew tobacco.
- In Wisconsin, 14 percent of high school males and two percent of high school females chew it.
- Nationally, seven percent of high school students chew tobacco. It’s more common among male (11 percent) than female high school students (2 percent). Also, an estimated 3 percent of middle school students chew tobacco.
- During 2001, the five largest tobacco manufacturers spent $236.7 million on smokeless tobacco advertising and promotion.
- Research has demonstrated that counseling is effective in assisting chew/spit/smokeless tobacco users to quit, including counseling from a quit line. As a result, the US Public Health Service recommends counseling to help smokeless tobacco users to quit.
- The US Public Health Service does not recommend medication to help people quit chew/spit/smokeless tobacco. This is because of a lack of consistent research showing that medication is helpful for quitting smokeless tobacco use.