Tobacco-Free Dip


A kind of thinly teared or grounded, soaked, and smoke-free tobacco is termed as a tobacco-free dip. It is commonly known as a dip or chew. A bit or dip of it is placed in between gum and lip, which is called dipping.

Tobacco-free dip unfolded from the practice of using dry snuff earlier in America. Until the 1700s, dry snuff was taken nasally, but then they switched to have oral snuff via chewing the ends of a twig and then dipping into the snuff and keeping it in their mouth by the time it got dissolved. Ultimately the use of oral dry snuff evolved into the use of moist one. This day, moist snuff is accessible all around the United States. The tobacco-free dip is majorly consumed by males.

The tobacco-free dip is available in cans and tins. Rolls”, “logs,” or “sleeves(a package of 5 tins of tobacco) are few other accessible forms. Only a few selected brands offer “tub” packaging.

The dippers usually prefer the lower lip for placing free dip, unlike snus, which is set in between upper and mouth. “Upper decker” or “top lip dip” are the terms used when the dip is placed in the upper lip. The effect of dip is usually 20 to 40 minutes varying according to the user’s liking. Absorption of nicotine present in it takes place sublingually.

People tend to spit the excessive saliva produced as a result of having tobacco free dip because the mixture of saliva and tobacco can cause irritation of the esophagus if it gets swallowed.  3 kinds of liquids are usually used along with the tobacco-free dip. One of them is a primer used before having a dip for the purpose of conditioning the mouth as it will initiate the salivation, making it more enjoyable as dry mouth or a mouth full of food will not give desired pleasure. The other is a catalyst that also has the same purpose but is used while the tobacco is in the user’s lip. Lastly, a rinser is used to clear out the mouth from tobacco juice or any of its particles.

In the 1800s, the tobacco-free dip was first marketed as moist. The term snuff refers to an amount of tobacco that is greater than a dip. While the dip is considered only a chunk of tobacco.  The widely available flavors are Mint, wintergreen, straight, and peach.

Effects on human health

Nicotine, a component of tobacco, is a potent stimulant of the sympathetic nervous system leading to increased heart rate and blood pressure. Long term use results in whitening of the oral mucosa, termed smokeless tobacco keratosis. Oral cancers, tooth, and gum loss are other fatal side effects. Nicotine is the component that has addiction potential.


Several countries have banned the sale (and, in some cases, the import) of dipping tobacco. In the United States, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate the tobacco industry۔ This law prohibits the sale of dipping tobacco to anyone under the age of 21, as of December 20th restricts tobacco product advertising and marketing directed to younger audiences and requires more significant, more prominent warning labels for dipping tobacco products.

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