For many people around the world, smokeless tobacco is something they have tried, if not something used regularly. Most people associate smokeless tobacco with sports stars, and falsely believe that it is a safe alternative to smoking. Unfortunately for them, this proves to be wrong, as smokeless tobacco causes a range of health problems for its users.

All different types of people use this highly addictive substance and no one is safe, dependent on race, social status, or sex. The reasons for using smokeless tobacco vary widely from appetite control to generalized stress relief. And this epidemic is hurting the world. Targeting the world's future with the primary users being only teens and sometimes preteens, it is an extremely harmful addiction.

The truth of the matter is that teen use of smokeless tobacco is a prominent problem enough that it is creating many lifelong users who suffer health problems and health risks that are just too great to be overlooked and too dangerous to be ignored. Child use of smokeless tobacco is on the constant rise, with some users starting when they are only nine or ten.

Rural Caucasian teens have the highest risk of using smokeless tobacco products, and if the teens share a home with an adult user, their chances of also using smokeless tobacco rises dramatically. An average of 9.3% of all high school students in the United States use smokeless tobacco products. In white male students, the average is approximately 1 user in every 5 students.

But what are the effects of smokeless tobacco and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using it? For some people, the appeal is in "looking cool," and possibly fitting in with one's peers. Also it causes an unusual sensation in users by first relaxing them, by the release of dopamine in the brain, and then exciting them with a release of adrenaline. It can also cause appetite suppression, which some users may abuse to try to lose weight.

On the down side are serious ramifications that make the reasons to chew look completely insubstantial. Use of smokeless tobacco causes a number of cancers, along with dental problems, bad breath, and of course the financial spending of the user to obtain this product. Most tobacco users using one can per day, over thirty years at current prices will spend up to $50,000 on chewing tobacco, assuming they live that long.

There are no known cures for either the gastrointestinal or the oral cancers smokeless tobacco causes, and this can also cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in treatment and sadly, perhaps funeral expenses.

Quitting smokeless tobacco is widely thought to be much more challenging than quitting the smoking habit. Part of the addiction includes a great amount of nicotine absorbed by the body while dipping or chewing. This amount is twice as high as that received from smoking a cigarette.

But how can one beat their smokeless tobacco addiction? Various products are available to help users quit snuff and chew, such as a product that uses mint leaves as a substitute for the tobacco without supplying the nicotine. And some success has come from receiving same shot that inhibits receptors for smoking. But the best way to quit forever without withdrawal, stress, and weight gain is through using hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy offers a two-fold attack to the ritualistic dipping or chewing reflex built up by your prior habits and lifestyle choices. It first works to eliminate the psychological reasons why you desire a dipp, and then it works to eliminate the mental habit itself.

First consider the emotional motivation for using tobacco products. Dopamine is a "feel good" chemical produced by your body and released by your brain to create a feeling of pleasure. In times of stress, dopamine can produce a general sensation of well being. Some common occurrences of natural release include eating a large meal, or sexual relief. In other words, putting some chew into the mouth gives a sense pleasure and relaxation. The very essence of hypnosis is relaxation, and hypnosis is excellent for promoting stress relaxation and stress relief.

Hypnosis also works to break the cycle of expectation that your mind creates. When you put in a chew after dinner, your mind starts to tell your body that you need a chew after every dinner. By inhibiting or eliminating this thought process, you won't feel compelled to habitually use smokeless tobacco.

By extinguishing these two root causes of chewing tobacco use, hypnosis programs can extinguish the compulsion to chew or dipp, stopping your need for the extra dopamine release. Thus hypnotherapy works in freeing you from this dangerous addiction and offers a stress free method of quitting.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH offers NLP & Hypnosis CDs to overcome dipping. His site offers CDs for stress related symptoms including weight loss hypnosis, and stop smoking hypnosis. He provides a library of hypnosis & NLP articles, and offers FREE hypnosis & NLP newsletters & MP3s.