When I was in high school I was never without Kodiak or Skoal Long Cut Wintergreen. Did the Copenhagen thing for a short while since growing up in Texas I had a lot of cowboy friends who practically slept with the stuff in their lip. I also enjoyed Lancaster chew as well as some of the good flavored chews from the Fred Stoker and Sons catalog.
I love a good dip or chew but I gave it up a long time ago. The stuff wrecked my gums something awful and my wife is completely disgusted by it. Everynow and then when I'm in line at the a corner store and see all those cans behind the counter that craving kicks in but I haven't given in and don't plan to.
Apparently some EU ruling means that all oral tobacco products are illegal in Ireland. This is a real head-scratcher considering the level of concern here about second-hand smoke. I don't take a laissez-faire attitude to tobacco control but the inherent lack of logic behind so much of it irritates me.
Oh well, just thought I'd chip in! Could never see myself dipping or chewing on a long-term basis but I'd be curious to try it.
Roth: With all due respect, I find dipping/chewing completely disgusting.
I can appreciate that, my friend. However, it's somewhat of a cultural thing. Hard to move hay bales around or milk cows with a lit pipe.
What's the difference between dip and chew?
Also, if I smoke cigarettes, they're normally roll-your-owns w/ pipe baccy in there! I know some say that's no good, but if I have a half tin of a virginia blend that I'm not finishing anytime soon, I like to roll a few up and toss them in a cigario tin for my car. So--could pipe baccy work for dip/chew?
I've been dipping Skoal Straight for years. I haven't had to spit for years either. But, you can never tell when I'm dipping because I put a dip in and mash it down. When I have to work at a tobacco free plant know one can tell and I dip all day long.
I don't dip anywhere near as much as I used to, but I still like Copenhagen snuff. Black is pretty good, too. Trick is not to mess with it, then you don't need to spit and carry around a nasty spit cup. I liked snus, but it gave me bad gastritis from overuse.