Chew, chaw, dip, snuff, and pinch are all common names for smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco does not mean harmless tobacco and comes with risks that can cause serious health issues. Addiction, cancer, cavities, gum disease, and heart disease are some of the health problems that can come with smokeless tobacco. Some believe that chewing can be a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, but it is contains nicotine and can be very addictive. While smokeless tobacco may be safer than cigarettes, smokeless tobacco hasn’t been shown to help you stop smoking. In fact, you may end up using both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. To stop using any tobacco product, start by talking to your doctor. Or talk to a counselor by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). Your doctor or counselor can guide you in creating a quit plan and choosing nicotine replacement products or medications to help ensure success.