Smokeless Education

This site contains training videos to supplement the SOS (Spotlight on Smokeless)curriculum, provided by the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Resource section contains helpful, informative websites and Spit It Out campaign materials, which can also be used in the classroom.

Free Curriculum

If you would like to request your free curriculum, you can contact your local Prevention Resource Center (PRC).

Video Curriculum

The videos provided are designed to set the stage for your self-guided review and practice with the SOS curriculum. Your online curriculum includes 11 training videos. Click the links below to access to the video on YouTube. You do not have to complete the training in one session; you can complete as many sessions as you like — at your own pace! To get started, view the video "Introduction to SOS".

Introduction to S.O.S. – Spotlight on Smokeless Curriculum: An Overview

Session 1: Smokeless Tobacco – What Is It and Who’s Using It?

Session 2: Truth and Consequences

Session 3: Ads and Influences

Session 4: My Choice About Smokeless Tobacco

Session 5: Staying Tobacco-Free

Booster Session 1: Spotlight on Smokeless Review Game

Booster Session 2: Making a Difference Through Advocacy

Peer Leaders and Roleplay

Supplemental Materials


Nicotine and Smokeless Tobacco Facts

  • The average starting age for a Texas teen using smokeless tobacco is 13.
    Source: Texas School Survey of Substance Using Among Students
  • In 2018, 4.3 percent of Texas adults and 3.6 percent of Texas youth use smokeless tobacco.
    Source: 2017 BRFSS Survey; 2018 Youth Tobacco Survey
  • Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dippers may be exposed to more cancer-causing chemicals than a one-pack-a-day cigarette smoker, based on the higher nicotine levels per serving in smokeless tobacco.
    Source: American Legacy Foundation
  • Regardless of its form — whether smokeless or cigarettes — all tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive.
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Nicotine continues to be absorbed in the blood stream, even after the smokeless tobacco has been removed from the mouth.
    Source: American Legacy Foundation
  • Smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes. It can cause cancer and a number of non-cancerous oral conditions.
    Source: U.S. Surgeon General
  • Smokeless tobacco can cause leukoplakia, a disease of the mouth characterized by white patches and oral lesions. Leukoplakia can lead to oral cancer and occurs in more than half of all users in the first three years of use.
    Source: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Smokeless tobacco stains teeth a yellowish-brown color, causes bad breath and dizziness, and can cause bleeding gums and sores that never heal.
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Smokeless tobacco contains at least 3,000chemicals, including formaldehyde, arsenic, acetone and Polonium-210. Urea, which is found in urine, is also found in smokeless tobacco.
    Source: Cancer Control and American Legacy Foundation