When you hear the word “tobacco”, many people will instantly think of the long, slender stick wrapped in white paper you light up and take a deep breath from. Cigarettes have long been synonymous with tobacco, but did you know you can also chew your tobacco?
Chewing tobacco is a smokeless tobacco product, oft chewed by old-timers and baseballers. It’s placed between the cheek and gum, or well, chewed (just like it says on the tin. Well, not the one in the picture, but you get my drift). Unlike dipping tobacco, you’re supposed to wet the tobacco with your saliva and crush it with your teeth to release the nicotine.
However, this also comes with its own dangers. Many famous baseball players like Babe Ruth and Tony Gwynn, have been diagnosed with cancers of the throat, mouth, and salivary glands. The product is now being marketed to young latinos, but they’d best keep away from the stuff.