Smoking is one of the leading causes of death in Australia. While some people have successfully quit smoking, many others are still searching for a way to stop their addiction. Recent studies suggest chewing tobacco may be an effective substitute for cigarettes and help smokers cut back on or quit completely.
This blog post will explore the benefits and drawbacks of using chewing tobacco to end smoking habits, what it is like to use chewing tobacco, and if this might be the right option for you. After reading this post, you should have all the information necessary to decide whether or not chewing tobacco could be beneficial in your quest to end smoking habits.
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 out of fashion but much less dangerous than smoking.
History Of Chewing Tobacco
Chewing tobacco has been around for a long time and was a 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, 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 importing up to 1.5kg for personal use is legal. 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 a 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 even recommend 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 tobacco juice can cause hiccoughs. Ordinarily, most would find nicotine gum, nasal snuff, or pouched oral snuff more pleasant.
Nicotine and CBD Pouches
Nicotine pouches are gaining popularity as a smoke-free and spit-free alternative to traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. These discreet, single-use pouches contain nicotine, flavouring agents, and filler materials such as cellulose. The pouches are placed under the lip and gradually dissolve, releasing nicotine and flavour over time.
CBD pouches have also recently surfaced, providing users with an additional option for low-impact CBD consumption. Unlike nicotine pouches, these versions deliver CBD instead of nicotine. CBD is a nonpsychoactive compound that is extracted from hemp and cannabis plants. Individuals may choose to use CBD for relaxation purposes, to reduce stress levels or even to achieve better sleep.
CBD pouches offer users a convenient option for consuming CBD since they don’t produce smoke or ash like other methods. Moreover, their small size makes them easy to transport anywhere, unlike larger devices such as vaporisers or vape pens.