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Varieties of Commercial Tobacco

 

There are many different types of tobacco products on the market today. Here are some key differences between the most common.

 

* In Canada and the US, chew, dip, snuff, snus are often used interchangeably to refer to chewing tobacco. Here you'll learn the real difference.  

 

Cigarette

Cigarette

 

  • small roll of cut tobacco
  • wrapped in paper
  • usually has a filter but not always
  • contains over 4,000 other added chemicals
  • can cause multiple forms of cancer and respiratory diseases and conditions including emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Cigar

Cigar

  • rolled bundle of tobacco
  • wrapped in tobacco leaf
  • "little cigars" are the size of cigarettes but made in the way of a cigar
  • one cigar can have 20 times more ammonia (a cancer causing agent) then cigarettes
  • can cause multiple forms of cancer and respiratory diseases and conditions including emphysema and COPD

Cigarillo

Cigarillo

  • cigarillo is spanish for "little cigar"
  • in North America, cigarillos are usually small flavoured cigars
  • can have filters but not always
  • cigarillos are just as dangerous to your health as cigars
  • can cause multiple forms of cancer and respiratory diseases and conditions including emphysema and COPD

Chew/Dip

Chew/Dip

  • is either in leaf form (and needs to be chewed) or ground form
  • typically a pinch of the product is placed between the lip and cheek
  • nicotine and other chemicals are absorbed through membranes in your mouth
  • 1 tin of chew has the same amount of nicotine as 5.25 packs of cigarettes
  • cause cancers of the mouth and throat
  • chew/dip is not a safe alternative to smoking

Snuff

Snuff

  • similar to dip except that it is a ground substance sniffed through the nose using fingers or a device
  • sometimes in Canada snuff is used to refer to chew tobacco
  • can be dry or moist
  • can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, nose, and other facial areas

Snus

Snus

  • a moist form of snuff that is placed under the upper lip
  • the user doesnt typically spit it out
  • often comes in the form of a teabag to keep it contained
  • comes from Sweden
  • causes cancers of the mouth, and throat

Hookah/Shisha/Water Pipe

Hookah/Shisha/Water Pipe

  • a device for smoking where the smoke passes through water and inhaled through a hose or pipe
  • comes from India
  • in one session a person can inhale 100-200 times the smoke of a cigarette
  • can cause multiple forms of cancer and respiratory diseases and conditions including emphysema and COPD
  • can spread contagious infections such as colds, flus, cold sores etc as the pipes are often shared with others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 4/29/2013

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