My Child Ate Chewing Tobacco
If your child ate any amount of chewing tobacco or saliva that contains chewing tobacco residue, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222. This call is free and confidential.
What to know: Chewing Tobacco
- Chewing tobacco is also known as tobacco, nicotine, smokeless tobacco, snuff and spit tobacco.
- Nicotine is the toxic component of chewing tobacco. Ingesting small amounts can be managed at home with IPC’s help, but ingesting large amounts can be life-threatening.
Toxicity LevelWhat are toxicity levels?
My child swallowed chewing tobacco. What should I do?
Chewing tobacco is highly toxic.
Symptoms of PoisoningIngesting chewing tobacco can cause vomiting, sweating, drowsiness/tiredness, shaking, confusion, seizures and even death.
If your child develops any symptoms, call IPC now at 1-800-222-1222.
Chewing tobacco may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.
If your child got chewing tobacco in their eyes, rinse by pouring clean, lukewarm water across the affected eye(s) for 15 minutes.
For more instructions, please see our page on eye exposure information.
Have an urgent question or need more help?
Don't hesitate to call IPC at
This call is free and confidential.