When I was a kid in Memphis, my dentist had posters in his office of guys with holes clear through their cheeks from smokeless tobacco use (dip, chew). Lost teeth, etc.
But I’ve never actually known or heard of anyone to whom this has happened.
I don’t use tobacco. Only tried dip a couple of times in my young, dumb, late-teen and early 20s years. Never was a real attraction for me.
But a lot of guys at work use it. Seems to be pretty popular in my field (aircraft maintenance). There’s a policy against the use of tobacco of any kind in the facility, but it’s one of those things that’s not enforced (at least, with smokeless). It’s pretty nasty. The guys who use it all have horrible breath, and carry around pop bottles to spit in. We use disposable cardboard parts cups that we use to keep small hardware in, and ive reached into one without looking, expecting to find screws, and put my hand into dip spit.
Anybody here had serious health problems from it? Holes in your mouth? Or known anyone who has?
Serious health problems alright. A guy just a year or two ahead of me in high school got a horrible case of cancer in his jaw from chewing incessantly, in his early 20s I think. It took away sight in one eye (that, or the surgery to remove it). Trying to google a link to a story on it, I guess it was never printed in papers. Happened in late 80s IIRC.
Last edited by paulri; 03/21/2004:58 PM.
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It's been a long time ago. I worked in a rocket manufacturing facility, and long before state and Federal smoking regulations came into play, there was no smoking in any of the production areas of our plant. so some of the guys would use chew. One guy I used to work with used Red Man quite a bit. He was a real big man, loved the outdoors and fancied himself as a mountain man. Then he was diagnosed with mouth cancer. It was pretty severe and it really scared him really bad. He had to go in for several surgeries. I transferred to another building before he went through it all. But I do recall it changed his life.
When I lived in Kentucky there was a guy I worked with that lost teeth because of oral cancer.
I tried some about 11 years ago. The farrier gave me a picn so I put it between my cheeks and gums and within 5 minutes I was on the ground in a fetal position sick as a dog while the farrier shod 3 horses.
I had a friend whose dad lost most of his lower front teeth to disease caused by dipping. My grandfather died of stomach cancer, had been dipping for decades. He was a farmer who was in excellent health otherwise.
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I dipped for 10 years had a spot in my mouth that was sore for a few days and it scared me pretty bad. Had it looked at and it was nothing thankfully. After that I put in a dip while my wife and I were riding somewhere and she gave me a look that cut me to the core.. I quit cold turkey and that was 5+ years ago. Not being addicted to anything is great