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The Tobacco War - Cigarettes vs. Chewing Tobacco

Updated on June 21, 2015

The comparison of these two tobacco products is very interesting to say the least. On one hand we have the highly controversial cigarette. Which is constantly under the gun from the government, who has took it upon themselves to say it's bad for you. On the other hand or should I say in the mouth, we have messy chewing tobacco. Other than being very addictive, and the possibility of cancer, let's take a quick look at how the two compare against one another.


Let's start with the cigarette, and by now everyone has heard of the problems of second hand smoke. Well it's really not fair or right to expose the lungs of small children to this sort of thing. Think about that sometime when you light one up in closed spaces, with a little one around next time. Those that don't smoke can also really detect the tobacco smell from cigarettes on a person who smokes, which a smoker's nose normally doesn't pick up. The list of public places where one can still light up is getting to the point of almost being non existent. The possibility of starting a fire with a cigarette possibly poses the biggest problem out there. Even with the new laws which require cigarettes to go out on their own, there's always the possibility of a fire being started with a cigarette butt being wrongly discarded. And for everyone's information out there, cigarette companies are now using the ingredient of carpet glue in this new type of cigarette. Now you are inhaling carpet glue with every cigarette that you smoke, which is something to give some real consideration to.

Chewing Tobacco

Now let's move onto to good old chewing tobacco, which dates way back past the days of the wild west. Now with chewing tobacco sure there's no chance of catching your apartment on fire, but where the used juices end up after a person is finished chewing tobacco creates it's own problems. Many people who chew simply just spit their tobacco waste where ever they may stand when they are finished with it. Depending on where they might be at that time, this action can be rather disgusting. Not to mention just down right unsanitary, and a health hazard especially to small children who may be playing in the area. The unsightly tobacco remains in one's mouth and teeth aren't exactly pleasant for someone else to have to look at either. Just put yourself in their shoes, and would you want to look at something disgusting like that when you are trying to carry on a conversation. Now don't get me wrong, I know there's plenty of responsible tobacco chewers out there who dispose of their tobacco juice properly, but I'm referring to the ones here who don't.

To sum it all up!

I realize when you compare the two against one another, you will see that they both have their short comings. Really there are no winners between a house catching on fire verses a nasty unsanitary pile of spit. You may be surprised but I do smoke with no intention on stopping anytime soon, and at work I'm around plenty of tobacco chewing coworkers. My advice to who ever will listen is to simply never get started doing either. They are both an expensive habit, and you can put your hard earned money towards a much better use. Just some food for thought, keep on hubbing!

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Nice overview, expensive habits indeed. My grandpa, pushing ninety, is still smoking and chewing tobacco. He is the only one in the family who does it. It never actually bothered me and it never attracted me either...

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      Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Goody, My Great Gran smoked for 60 years she is 93 and says she does not miss them at all. She said cigarettes changed in the 70's and were loaded with preservatives and other chemicals which took the smoking pleasure away. Further she says smoking is not addictive at all, it is the emotional crutch that we grapple for. She claims to have had a few days of mild irritability when she stopped, nothing more. My Mother in New Hampshire soaks tobacco in a 5 gallon bucket and then sprays a tea of tobacco on her fruit trees and veggies to keep insects away. She says it is a great pesticide. The whole truth about tobacco is not really known in my view, mostly it is propaganda by the companies that produce the little sticks. As far as spitting big louggies of tobacco juice all over the place I would prefer that people smoke. I dont know what to say about this hub but I will vote you up for approaching the subject. F.

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Goody7, What a quick but careful and interesting summary of the ups and downs of smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco!

      Thank you for sharing,


      P.S. I don't do neither!