Chewing tobacco is a form of smokeless tobacco placed between the cheek and gum that you chew rather than smoke. It is a form of spitting tobacco now out of fashion but much less dangerous than smoking.
History Of Chewing Tobacco
Chewing tobacco has been around for a very long time and was a very popular product among the Native American tribes in the United States. The use of tobacco has been documented since the 16th century when the Spanish, who were the first Europeans to explore the Americas, observed indigenous people in South America using tobacco for religious purposes.
Is Chewing Tobacco Legal?
Chewing tobacco, like oral snuff, cannot be sold in Australia, although it is legal to import up to 1.5kg for personal use. It is legal in Europe and hardly used at all in Sweden. It is manufactured from loose tobacco leaves, air-cured and shredded into flakes and treated with sweet flavoured solutions.
Is Chewing Tobacco Safe?
Many people use chewing tobacco as a way to quit smoking. However, these products may themselves lead to serious health issues. Chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco products may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. These products also contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, and people who use these products are at risk for nicotine poisoning.
However, it is agreed, ordinary unlit smoking tobacco is much safer than smoking if chewed and as safe as using snuff, as cigarette tobacco is almost identical in chemistry to oral snuff.
Can Chewing Tobacco Be Used As Stop Smoking Aid?
Chewing tobacco has recently gained popularity as an alternative to smoking tobacco. It is often promoted to help people quit smoking, and some doctors are even recommending it.
In the United States, in areas where chewing tobacco is on sale, smokers working outdoors find it helpful to use during the quitting period.
In an emergency, some smokers, to quell intense cravings to smoke, chew unlit tobacco (pouch tobacco for hand-rolling or taken out of manufactured cigarettes) as a stop smoking aid during the quitting period. Swallowing the tobacco juice can cause hiccoughs. Ordinarily, most would find nicotine gum, nasal snuff, or pouched oral snuff more pleasant.