Disclaimer: I've worked in the natural foods industry for the last 14 years, so I apologize for the lecture, but I can't help myself!
It has been proven that smokeless tobacco is basically every bit as dangerous and addictive as cigarette smoking. The side effects are different, but their long-term impact on your quality of life is just as bad.
See <a href="http://cis.nci.nih.gov/fact/3_63.htm
Other than just the health risk aspect, another motivator to break the habit could be to sever your ties to supporting the tobacco industry financially. "Big Tobacco" does a lot of dispicable things with their $$$ that are harmful to millions of people in the long run. I won't go into it here, but trust me, if you do some research as to where that $$$ goes, you will find it very depressing.
Sorry again to preach, as I know full well (via friends) how hard it is to quit, but it sounds like you guys really do WANT to quit, so I figure every little bit of motivation helps.
And just think: The money you save can then go to respectable companies like Spyderco who provide HEALTHY addictions! <img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>
Edited by - timlara on 3/18/2004 8:05:07 AM