Difference Between Chew, Dip, and Snuff

Key Difference – Chew vs Dip vs Snuff
 

There are millions of tobacco lovers around the world who do not smoke cigarettes or cigars but are still able to get the kick from tobacco just like smokers. These people indulge in what is called smokeless tobacco. They keep the tobacco in their mouth and keep drawing in the juices of tobacco, to get the kick of tobacco. Chew and dip and snuff are the names given to this smokeless tobacco that is supposed to be harmless as you do not swallow the tobacco. However, scientists have proved that smokeless tobacco is not harmless and causes oral cancer and other diseases. Through this article let us gain a clearer understanding of Chew, Dip and Snuff.

What is Chew?

Chew is another name of dip or dipping tobacco, but the difference lies in the fact that chew consists of loose leaves of tobacco that have been sweetened. One packs a wad of these leaves inside his mouth and holds it there for hours at stretch, drawing all the nicotine of the tobacco. Usually, the user spits the juices of the tobacco but hardened chewers swallow even the juices of tobacco.

Difference Between Chew, Dip, and Snuff

 

What is Dip?

Dip, or dipping tobacco is a moist tobacco that comes in a tin, and the user places a little bit of this tobacco in between his lower lip and gum. Dip comes in two distinct cuts called long cut and fine cut. Fine cut is smaller and has to be carefully placed inside one’s mouth in such a manner that it does not fall apart. For beginners, it is better to start with the long cut that stays in place without any special effort.

What is Snuff?

Snuff is tobacco that is in the form of finely ground powder and one has to snort it through his nostrils to get the kick. Snuff is also moist but finely ground tobacco that is also called Naswar in India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and some CIS countries where people use this smokeless tobacco as an alternative to smoking.

Chew vs Dip vs Snuff

What is the Difference Between Chew and Dip and Snuff?

Definitions of Chew and Dip and Snuff:

Chew: Chew is available in pouches that contain sweetened tobacco leaves, and the user places a wad in the front in between lip and gum.

Dip: Dip or dipping tobacco is a moist pack of tobacco leaves that are available in long and fine cut and the user places a little bit in between his lower lip and gum to get the kick of tobacco.

Snuff: Snuff is available as moist or dry and is finely ground tobacco powder. Snuff is called Naswar in South Asian and CIS countries.

Characteristics of Chew and Dip and Snuff:

Smokeless Tobacco:

All three, dip, chew, and snuff are forms of smokeless tobacco.

Availability:

Chew is available in pouches, while Snuff is available as moist or dry powder. Dip is available in long and fine cut.

 

Image Courtesy:

1. Echo fine cut, chewing tobacco label, 1873 By Haskell Breck & Co. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

2. “Snus tobacco” by Uffe Johansson, [email protected] – Own work. [CC BY 3.0] via Commons