If the child swallowed more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount swallowed, call the Poison Center Hotline immediately at 800-222-1222. The call is free and confidential.
Tobacco, nicotine, smokeless tobacco, snuff, spit tobacco
Ingesting chewing tobacco can cause vomiting, sweating, drowsiness / tiredness, shaking, confusion, seizures, and even death.
If your child has swallowed chewing tobacco or saliva (spit) that contains chewing tobacco residue, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 immediately for advice specific to your situation. This call is free and confidential.
Tobacco products are used for the nicotine component. These products are not meant to be swallowed and not meant for children to use.
Nicotine is the toxic component of chewing tobacco. While nicotine is toxic, ingesting small amounts can be managed at home with IPC’s help. However, ingesting large amounts can be life-threatening.
If your child has gotten this substance in his or her eyes, please view our eye exposure information.
Don't hesitate to call the Poison Helpline.