Smokey Mountain Snuff & Craft Beer Pairings

We’ve all heard of food and wine or beer pairing but what about snuff and beer pairing?
The flavor profiles in our Smokey Mountain snuff compliment the numerous flavors in craft beer. Similar to wine and cheese (or even better, beer and cheese!), you have to know what styles of beer to sip with your favorite snuff. Explore the flavors and experiment!

After all, only you can know what works with your taste buds.

The dominant craft beer taste elements will contrast against food’s and snuff) taste elements, so that the beer and snuff flavors shine.

Look for flavor bridges and common flavor groups. According to CraftBeer.com:

•    Group: Rosemary, juniper, pine, spruce
Pairing: American pale ale and rosemary-dusted creamed chicken
•    Group: Brown sugar, butter, caramel, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut, toffee
Pairing: English-style barley wine and blonde brownie with butterscotch sauce
•    Group: Mint, dill, basil, endive, coriander, fennel, parsley, lemongrass, bay leaves, oregano
Pairing: Belgian-style saison and white fish with lemon and dill
•    Group: Cinnamon, cumin, pepper, cardamom, ginger, clove
Pairing: Ginger porter with Moroccan clove and ginger beef shish kebabs
•    Group: Date, fig, raisin
Pairing: Belgian-style strong dark ale and bacon wrapped dates
•    Group: Pineapple, tangerine, clementine
Pairing: American-style India pale ale and orange chicken stir fry
•    Group: Chocolate, truffle, cocoa powder
Pairing: Milk stout and double chocolate cake

While the above more applies to food, you can see similar flavor notes in our snuff options. So, what are some example beer and snuff pairings?

1.    Arctic Mint: Who doesn’t love mint? For the mint profile, you need a strong beer to complement the chilly, refreshingly sweet flavor. Recommended here is a smooth, velvety chocolate stout. Try Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout. This gorgeous chocolate, vanilla and bourbon-laced beer will complement the mint flavor and bring out the bourbon barrel notes.

2.    Cherry Flavor: There’s a ton of awesome beers you can pair with Smokey Mountain Cherry. Try Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. It’s crisp and fruity with a hint of honey and still light on the palate.

Want some more bite? Check out Odell Brewing, Friek. Friek is a multiple Kriek Lambic Style that’s fermented with wild yeast and tart cherries, then moved into oak barrels to age and sour, which takes on intense cherry flavors. As the beer mature, framboises (raspberries) from a local Colorado farm are handpicked and added to the beer. This won the gold at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, in the Wood & Barrel Aged Sour beer category.

3.    Classic Flavor: Smokey Mountain Classic is a classic or natural flavored tobacco-free snuff and has a very floral and traditional flavor, albeit sweeter than the norm. With our natural ingredients of molasses, chocolate, licorice and cayenne pepper, you can pair the Classic flavor with a variety of beers such as Ambers, Pale Ales or Stouts.

For some pairing decadence, try Southern Tier Brewing’s Crème Brulee Imperial Milk Stout. This 9.6% ABV sweet stout has toasty vanilla, mild coffee and buttery caramel notes.

Out of Arizona, try SanTan’s Epicenter Amber Ale. This ale has a tasted malt character and a sweet, dry finish, perfect for pairing with our classic flavor. It’s also great with burgers and steaks and is a 2012 US Open Beer Championship gold medal winner. Bonus? It comes in cans! Yep, take this bad boy fishing or camping.

Nebraska Brewing’s Cardinal Pale Ale is a deep golden beer with medium maltiness and low bitterness. This pale ale would pair nicely with our classic flavor herbal snuff.

Another great option is the king of craft canned beers, Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale. This brew delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops.

4.    Peach Flavor: Try a Belgian dubbel or tripel with our peach flavor, in order to bring out the fruit flavors in both. Belgian ales can be served as an after dinner digestif or with a dessert. Try Epic Brewing Brainless on Peaches Belgian-Style Ale. And watch out, because it’s 10.7% alcohol by volume! The Utah brewery added organic peach puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks from Sawtooth Winery.

You could also opt for an IPA with the high amount of hops and citrus notes, our peach snuff is sure to be a sweet choice.  For some serious peach punch, try ODells’s Tree Shaker. This Imperial IPA was brewed with 3,000 pounds of pureed Colorado peaches. Or, to balance out the peach flavor in Smokey’s snuff, try Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Another great pairing hails from Nebraska Brewing Company. Their award winning reserve series are nothing short of amazing. Our peach snuff will compliment their Chardonnay French Oak Hop God and with a 10.1% alcohol by volume, it will keep you warm during those chilly camping nights. This Belgian-Style IPA is aged for 6 months in French Oak Chardonnay barrels and has high amounts of citrus, grapefruit and floral scents. The barrel aging adds further notes of tropical fruits and, you guessed it, peach! This also pairs nicely with spicy foods, pizza and rich seafood (been fishing lately?).
There’s plenty out there to try, but the main idea is to have fun and enjoy experimenting with different flavors.

Cheers!

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Pro Angler, Josh Bertrand and the 2014 Bassmaster Classic

We love our outdoor sports here at Smokey Snuff. Call us adrenaline junkies or just lovers of the great outdoors.

NASCAR shows sharp speed and nail biting intensity, bull riding displays manly courage and strength and pro angling bass fishing brings challenge, mystique and determination to the surface.

Pro angler rookie, Josh Bertrand, has already had his fair share of ups and downs, but happily for him, way more ups than downs.  

In 2012, Josh took home the Bassmaster Central Open Tour Angler of The Year Title and he’s qualified for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. The Classic is the Super Bowl of fishing and typically draws over 100,000 eager fans. So, it goes without saying Josh is excited.

“That was the most exciting thing for me. It’s a dream of any fisherman.”

So, where did Josh get his love for the lake and capacity for casting?

Josh is originally from New Hampshire, but moved to Arizona as a kid. Yep, Arizona.

“Believe it or not, that’s where I got into fishing,” he said with a chuckle.  

His father and grandfather took him out on the lake when he was young and he had “a lot of good mentors.”  Besides crediting his father, Josh thanks fishing pro, John Murray as one fishing great he looks up to.

Josh fished his first tournament at the age of 15, and has worked his way up to the top of the tournament circuits ever since. Just look at his stats:

·    Angler Of The Year – 2012 Bassmaster Central Opens
·    2013 Bassmaster Elite Series qualifier
·    FLW/TBF Federation National Championship Qualifier
·    FLW Everstart Championship Qualifier
·    Angler of The Year – American Bass Association Central Arizona Region

The rush from the catch and the great outdoors gravitated him to the sport. And now, the competition is driving the 25 year old. Josh practices by taking his gear out to as many lakes as he can. He studies the lake, checks weather reports, finds the good spots, and learns the depth and where the fish are swimming. It’s a calculating and intelligent sport.

In order to keep a level playing field, anglers have a limited amount of time to pre-fish a lake prior to a tournament depending on proximity and off-limits restrictions.
With the multitude of variables that can occur during a tournament, including weather and mechanical issues, an angler must be on top of his game, but still be humble enough to learn from the day in order to continue to improve.

So what are a few of his favorite fishing spots?

The St. Lawrence River within the Thousand Islands offers excellent fishing. Called the “Recreational Boating Capital of the World”, the Thousand Islands constitute 1,864 islands that straddle the Canada-U.S. border, with the U.S. islands residing in New York.

Another favorite is Falcon Lake on the Rio Grande, southeast of Laredo, Texas and Tamaulipas, Mexico. Largemouth bass and catfish are commonly found in the reservoir.  Josh noted that the reservoir has the biggest bass in the country.

Josh also quickly mentioned Guntersville Lake, located in north Alabama. Lake Guntersville offers great largemouth bass, bream and catfish. Alabama’s largest lake contains 69,100 acres and stretches 75 miles from Nickajack Dam to Guntersville Dam.

For now, Josh will be joining the other anglers who are resting their professsional rods for the winter season.  Bass anglers elect to put away their jerkbaits once the temperatures drop.

Until then, we’ll be looking forward to Josh’s next tournament in Lake Havasu on January 30th and of course the Bassmaster Classic, next February, in Alabama!

 

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Behind the Driver: Ron Hornaday, Jr.

It’s no wonder that one of the biggest names in NASCAR racing has ate, drank and breathed racing since he was a child. Ron Hornaday, Jr. is the father of former NASCAR driver, Ronnie Hornaday and son of the late Ron Hornaday, Sr., a two time Winston West Champion, Ron currently drives the No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado for NTS Motorsports.

The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is the nineteenth season of the third highest stock car racing in the United States. The season will be contested over twenty-two races, ending with the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Ron was noticed years ago by Dale Earnhardt while participating in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series on ESPN2. The multiple NASCAR Winston West Series winner competed in the NASCAR Bush Series for Dale Earnhardt in 2000 and in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for owner AJ Foyt in 2001.

In 2007, Hornaday won his third of four championships on his route to becoming the winningest Truck champion.  In 2009, he passed Jack Sprague to become the winningest Camping World Truck Series champion.

We spoke with Ron to get an up close and personal look at the NASCAR veteran and the only driver with four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships.

1.    How long have you been racing?
1979 was my first race in stock car. I started racing motorcycles when I was nine.

2.    How has it changed / morphed over the years, in your opinion?
Safety wise, in the past 10-15 years, it’s gotten better…with helmets, restraints and stuff inside the cars. The racetracks have improved too, with softer walls.

3.    You’re a 4 time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.  What years were those wins? 1996, 1998, 2009 and 2011.

4.    How does the 4th win compare to the first win?  
The 1st win was with Dale Earnheart, he gave me my first opportunity, so that was special. He helped make it a career instead of a hobby.  I got to race with drivers that made my job easy.

5.    You joined an elite group of drivers, (Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson) as the only drivers to win 4 or more titles in the three major series of NASCAR. How did that make you feel when you found this out?  
I look at it as I’m doing my job. As I get older, I think it will mean something more.

6.    You’re part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). When and why did this series come about?
In 1994 there was the exhibition series. And in 1995, they started talking about putting trucks on the track. Earnhardt made it popular in 1995. And when NASCAR got behind it, it really took off.

7.    You have a day commemorated in your honor in Palmdale. What did you do last April 8th?
It’s funny, because I was born in San Fernando. But, I did a lot for the Palmdale community and went to baseball games growing up. I was actually raised in Simi Valley.  But yeah, that’s pretty cool.  

8.    Your part of a legendary NASCAR family. Where did it all begin?
It all started with my dad. I kept bugging him that I wanted a motorcycle. Then I just got involved with him and kept on working on the cars.

9.    You came in 3rd at Daytona. What was the first thing that ran through your mind on that final lap and crossing the finish line?
Everybody’s dream is to get to Daytona. Years ago, I had promised to send a dear friend to the race, when I got there.  So, I sent a plane ticket to my friend, Bob Fisher.

10.    You tweeted recently (Aug. 3rd) that it “was all about track position”. Can you elaborate on that? Well, I started 21st and didn’t have a lot of time to get up. But towards the end of the race, I finished 6th. Track position wasn’t the best that day.

11.    Outside of the track, what do you drive?
I have three Chevy pick-up trucks, a 69 Chevelle and a 66 El Camino. But I usually take my Harley.

12.    What do you love about the sport?
As a little kid, you love carnival rides, the thrills, the spills…it’s the adrenaline, the fans, the anticipation. You think, ‘Who you gotta’ beat that day?’

13.    Do you have a favorite racetrack or one that brings great memories?
All the ones I win at…I enjoy it, I don’t care what track. I just enjoy it.

14.    How do you prepare for a race?  Have you raced at this track before?
I really don’t. I don’t get nervous. You work with the team, you just do what you gotta’ do. Last couple times, I swam in the pool and drank a lot of beer. You just get ready go racing.

With his fourth-place finish at Iowa Speedway on July 13, 2013, Hornaday earned his 150th-career NCWTS top-five finish.  As of mid-July, in his 331-career starts in the series, Hornaday has 51 wins, 27 poles, 150 top-five finishes, 218 top-10 finishes and has led a total of 9,581 laps.

Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff will adorn Hornaday’s No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado in the NCWTS events at Daytona International Speedway, Rockingham Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway (June), Iowa Speedway (July), Eldora Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway (November), and Phoenix International Raceway.

Go Ron!

 

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SMOKEY MOUNTAIN HERBAL SNUFF TEAMS UP WITH JDM & RON HORNADAY FOR NCWTS RACES IN 2012

 Joe Denette Motorsports (JDM) is pleased to announce the addition of Smokey Mountain Snuff, America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand, to the Ron Hornaday-driven No. 9 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) entry as both a primary and associate sponsor in selected events throughout the remainder of the 2012 NCWTS season.

Smokey Mountain Snuff will debuted as the primary sponsor on Hornaday’s Chevrolet Silverado at the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on September 15. They will rejoin the No. 9 entry as primary sponsor for the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 29 and the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16.

Smokey Mountain Snuff will join the lineup as an associate sponsor on Hornaday’s No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado for the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2.

“Smokey Mountain is excited to be a part of NASCAR, and the Joe Denette Motorsports Team,” said Dave Savoca, President of Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. “We believe that the No. 9 truck and Ron Hornaday, Jr. in particular, are a perfect fit for the Smokey Mountain brand. Ron is a proven winner, and more importantly, the type of person that we want representing us on and off the track.”

Smokey Mountain Chew, Inc. is the World’s largest non-tobacco smokeless company, and the category innovator. Smokey Mountain invented tobacco-free snuff as a nicotine-free chewing tobacco option for adult consumers as well as an aid to help people quit chewing tobacco. Smokey Mountain is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless alternatives on the market, in the flavors that adult consumers demand.

“We are looking forward to a new partnership with Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff,” said Ron Hornaday, “they are a small but growing company and we are happy to show them how a NASCAR partnership with Joe Denette Motorsports can help build their brand. Smokey Mountain is not only a great fit with our team, but a great fit for our sport and our series. We are happy to introduce our fans to this great industry-leading product.”

For more information about Ron Hornaday and Joe Denette Motorsports, please visit www.JoeDenetteMotorsports.com.

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Non-Health-Related Reasons to Quit Chewing Tobacco

People often start using smokeless chew without thinking too much about it, and then one day they discover that this long-standing habit just doesn’t really fit in their lives anymore. There are plenty of excellent reasons to stop using smokeless tobacco, with one of the most commonly discussed reasons being the health risks it poses. Many users, however, either can’t relate to the dangers, don’t find the evidence compelling, or just can’t find the motivation. They also may resent feeling as if other people or institutions are trying to tell them what they can or can’t do.

Before you dismiss the idea of kicking the habit, below are a few other reasons not related to your health why dumping nicotine is a good idea.

Be a Social Animal

When more obvious methods of tobacco use were banned in public, lots of cigarette users switched to smokeless chew to get their nicotine in an unobtrusive (and lawful) manner. This removes the danger of secondhand smoke; however, many people still find chewing and spitting in public to be distasteful. No one wants to see a spit cup, and spittoons are not exactly a common sight in public places (although they are still a fixture on the floor of the United States Senate and the Supreme Court as a reminder of our early history). The act of spitting itself is considered unsightly and unsanitary, and other side effects of chewing such as bad breath and stained teeth can also cause offense. Chewing and dipping among one’s peers may be an enjoyable pastime, but out in the larger world it creates a very negative impression, particularly for a person who is just starting out in adult life and looking for a job or romance.

Kick the Can, Feed the Pig

Buying a tin of tobacco a day can add up to more than $1,000 a year, not to mention any additional expenses incurred for products to brighten teeth and freshen breath. It doesn’t seem like much on a day-to-day basis, but kicking the habit can lead to a much fatter wallet over time. Even if part of the daily tin expense is diverted to some other product that helps with getting through the day without tobacco such as herbal tobacco-free chew, coffee, mints, or gum, the end result is still money saved. Long-time users claim they don’t even enjoy chewing anymore but continue out of habit, often increasing their use to try to sustain that nicotine kick. Not only are you spending money you’ll never get back, but you are setting yourself up for higher expenses down the road.

Get in the Driver’s Seat

Most people like to think they are in charge of their own lives and destiny. An addiction takes away from that control, and nicotine in any form is powerfully addictive. Quitting chew is as difficult, if not more difficult, than quitting smoking. Nicotine stimulates the same pleasure centers in the brain as cocaine, and it can be just as hard to cut out of your life. Beyond chemical dependency, the focus that stimulants can offer, and even the simple comfort of chewing in certain situations, are difficult to leave behind. Fortunately, tobacco cessation programs now understand the specific issues that a former chewer faces, and have created strategies that can help anyone give up smokeless tobacco for good.

Aside from health concerns, smokeless tobacco can make it hard to find a partner, save money, and be comfortable in social situations. Quitting the habit can help you take control of your life and know that you, not some chemicals, are making the day-to-day decisions. Using tobacco is a conscious choice for every adult, and no one can tell you not to use it. But once you start chewing, you give up some of your own autonomy and freedom to an addiction.

Quitting smokeless tobacco will help you make a better impression as a clean, healthy, responsible, and professional individual. It can also help you increase your disposable income. Why spit money down the drain that you could save for your future or even spend on more enjoyable pastimes? If health reasons aren’t enough, consider these other benefits to breaking the tobacco habit for good.

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Chew and America’s Favorite Pastime: Rethinking Tradition

It’s a quintessential part of the game: a player glances around the field, punches his mitt, and gruffly sends a spurt of juice off over his shoulder while gearing up for the next play. Smokeless tobacco has been the habit of choice for ball players since the Major Leagues were first formed. Times are changing, though, and today’s players and coaches are stepping up to the plate and away from the tin.

America’s Two Favorite Pastimes

Chewing is the earliest method of ingesting tobacco. Long before European settlers came to these shores, Native Americans were creating the chewing culture. These inventors were chewing dried leaves, often mixing them with lime to produce a pleasurable mix of flavors. Until the mid-20th century, chewing was the most popular form of tobacco use. When the rules of professional baseball were first compiled in 1845, many players participated in the habit of chewing tobacco. The health risks were unknown at the time, and players used chew as a way to keep their mouths and mitts moist while playing for long hours out in the dust. Tobacco juice was a key ingredient to the “spitball,” which was banned in 1920. Even the term “bullpen,” coined in 1860, came from the enormously popular Bull Durham brand of chew offered by the Blackwell Tobacco Company.

After World War II, cigarettes overtook chewing tobacco in popularity, and baseball players followed the trend until the 1970s, when the Surgeon General of the United States and other health authorities began to discuss the dangers of smoking. As a result, Major and Minor Leaguers alike went back to chewing during their games.

Players and Legislators

Unfortunately, smokeless chew has its own set of risks like smoking does, and various legislative and governing bodies have taken steps to ban its continued use at baseball games. In 1993, the Minor Leagues prohibited players, coaches, and staff from using chew during games. The National Collegiate Athletic Association followed suit shortly afterward. Part of a Major League union contract signed in 2011 forbids any use of smokeless tobacco during interviews before and after games. Although chewing is permitted during games, the leniency only stands if the pouch or tin is out of sight.

In 2011, four U.S. Senators—Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Dick Durbin of Illinois—petitioned Major League Baseball (MLB) to ban all use of smokeless tobacco. The MLB Commissioner Bud Selig approached the players’ union with the ban, but it was ultimately rejected. However, the union has plans for a program to help players quit their own nicotine use.

Players and officials in the minor and college leagues freely admit that the ban is not entirely enforced, but there seems at least to be a concerted effort to hide the use from fans. Beyond the health risks to tobacco users, the impetus behind the bans and projected national legislation is to avoid glamorizing smokeless tobacco on television and at games.

What’s New with Chew

Many players say that having something in their mouth helps them focus on the game, and a few claim that they only use chew during the active baseball season. But tobacco isn’t the only thing found in the mouths of baseball icons throughout the sport. Many players have replaced this long-standing habit on the field with chewing gum, sunflower seeds, and tobacco-free herbal chew. In more recent times, these alternative options have become more prevalent in the dugout and during game play. Many users find that the nicotine-free chew alternatives help them fight the cravings or reduce their overall tobacco consumption.

The long relationship between baseball and chewing isn’t over, but the future looks like it will include less tobacco, at least as far as the public eye is concerned. Players themselves are divided on the issue of whether or not to keep it out of the game. Some prefer to maintain a tobacco-free image, while others feel that their decisions as adults are nobody’s business but their own. What role the MLB and federal legislators will take to further curtail tobacco use remains to be seen, but whatever happens, baseball will weather this change, and the game will remain an important icon of the American summer.

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Techniques to Help You Quit Chewing Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco, or chew, is habit-forming, just like cigarettes. In fact, one pouch or dip may contain twice as much nicotine as a cigarette. You may have decided to stop using tobacco for health reasons, social acceptance, or modeling good behavior for your kids. If you’ve made the choice to quit, then the next step is putting it into action. Here are a few tips to help you get started down the path to a healthier life.

Smokeless tobacco is sold in many forms: as plugs or chews, so-called spitless tobacco that is cut very fine and used either as dip or in pouches, or snus. Smokeless products are attractive to many people because chewing and dipping are not banned in public like smoking; however, these products carry the same health risks as smoking, plus a few more that are specific to chewing.

Smokeless Tobacco vs. Cigarettes

Quitting smokeless tobacco is similar in many ways to quitting cigarettes. There are physical, mental, and emotional aspects of addiction to overcome, and most users find themselves tempted in particular situations or environments. There are also two aspects of quitting that are more prevalent for smokeless tobacco users:

  • For many people, the need to have something in the mouth as a substitute such as gum or tobacco-free chew is much stronger.
  • The benefits of quitting are visible. Mouth sores clear up. Dental problems such as receding gums and tooth damage don’t get any worse, and a dentist can help with a long-term plan to reverse some of these issues.

Tips for Quitting

The clear signs of improving health are a great way to keep a quitter motivated. But there are other great ways to keep you on the right path. Here are a few of those ways to stay on track and cut smokeless tobacco out of your life:

  • Try an alternative. As mentioned, a big difference between quitting smoking and quitting chewing is that with chew, you’re used to having something to keep your mouth busy (in a much different way than cigarettes). Part of the lure with chew is the enjoyment users get from the taste, texture, and physical presence of the dip. By using a nicotine-free alternative, you can at least allow yourself an enjoyable flavor and mouthfeel.  Eventually, this can help wean you off of chewing altogether.
  • Set goals and rewards for meeting those goals. Start small: go one day without chewing, and build from there. If you have a setback, don’t give up. Start again the next day as though nothing happened. And don’t forget to reward yourself with something you enjoy!
  • Keep a diary. Write down the times that your cravings are strongest and how you feel at those times. Then plan ways to get through those tough situations. Most people can’t cut stress or boredom out of their lives, but once you identify the factors that lead to a desire to chew, you can see them coming andbe prepared for the craving.
  • Make some other simple changes in your life to reflect your focus on health. Get a little more exercise; skip the computer games and get outside. Pay attention to what you are eating, but don’t be too strict about calories or junk food at this time. If a somewhat unhealthy snack is what gets you through the craving to chew, then consider the long-term benefits of this alternative and give yourself a bit of a break for the time being.
  • Get help. Most people can’t quit alone. Your community may have classes or support groups. Check your local hospital, the American Cancer Society, or your health insurance company. Every state has toll-free telephone counseling to help people kick the habit. Telephone counseling is easy: you can do it from home any time you feel like you could use a little help or just a friendly voice. Counselors can help identify a person’s pattern of use and avoid some common pitfalls in the quitting process.
  • Don’t forget your family and friends. They want you to succeed as well. Warn people that you may be a little irritable and edgy for a few days. In the beginning you may want to surround yourself with people who don’t chew or smoke. Suggest that they offer ways to keep you busy or accompany you on a walk. Don’t abandon your friends who still use nicotine, and don’t judge them. Just ask them not to offer you any. You never know, you might inspire someone else to quit in the process.

Breaking the nicotine habit takes dedication and hard work, but if you truly want to quit, you can get yourself there. However, you need to do it for you, for your health, and for the feeling that you are in control of your own life. If there are young children in your life, they may also serve as motivation to be a good role model. Don’t let tobacco make your choices for you; let your own desires take control, nicotine free.

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How Does Tobacco-Free Smokeless Chew Get Its Flavor?

Smokeless tobacco has become incredibly popular in recent years. As the nation’s disapproval of smoking in public places has taken effect and a resultant increase in health-consciousness has risen, individuals have begun seeking alternatives to yesterday’s bad habits.

Enjoying smokeless tobacco, and spitless snuff, offers a more discreet opportunity than cigarettes.  But smokeless products carry their own unique health risks, including gum and dental damage. And because it contains nicotine, it is also habit-forming and tough to quit.  Tobacco-free smokeless alternatives can help these tobacco users get a handle on their habit. Tobacco-free and nicotine-free chew offers adults a way to enjoy the experience of smokeless tobacco without having to worry about nicotine dependence, cancer, and a decaying mouth. 

Chewing tobacco has been around for almost 100 years.  Then came flavors such as wintergreen and mint, and then cherry, peach, and others, which have proven to be enormously popular in today’s quest for variety. Fortunately for those seeking to make a change, smokeless tobacco users trying to quit may receive a lot of the same psychological effects from tobacco-free snuff without all the health risks, especially if the flavor and form resemble their preferred tobacco product. Smokeless tobacco-free chew options even provide flavors that simulate the taste of straight, unflavored snuff

What’s It Made out Of? 

Tobacco-free smokeless chew is made out of simple food-grade ingredients. These ingredients help these products mimic the flavor and feel of traditional tobacco products.

Typical ingredients: Molasses, corn silk, water, glycerin, salt, flavor/oil, red clover, sodium bicarbonate, propylene glycol (food grade), ginseng, guarana, food color, methyl and propyl paraban (preservatives), and cayenne pepper. Pouches contain semolina (wheat), flavor, menthol, chocolate (milk), corn, aspartame, licorice, xylitol, and cayenne pepper.

The first ingredient acts as a binder to give the product the look of a long cut tobacco. The sweeteners (including aspartame and xylitol, which are sugar substitutes) satisfy the taste receptors.  The cayenne not only offers a sting of flavor reminiscent of tobacco but also helps to speed up a person’s metabolism in much the same way that nicotine does. The corn silk really helps in providing an unmatched base for these products, giving them a smooth long taste and texture that best imitates original tobacco products.

Smokeless tobacco options can, in essence, be considered a breath mint in the form of moist snuff. 

Where Does This Flavor Come From?

Food-grade herbs and flavoring extracts help simulate the taste and experience of chewing tobacco. All the ingredients included in the product are FDA approved and can include tea, mint, and other plant leaves, mint oils, cinnamon, and fruit flavors (usually citric acid and food-grade artificial flavor extracts). Although it would be difficult to exactly reproduce the flavor of tobacco leaves without introducing other harmful ingredients, consumers of tobacco-free snuff report that they enjoy the taste, often more so than the tobacco they used previously. Loose snuff options are cut to resemble tobacco in both appearance and their feel in the mouth. Some versions also contain caffeine or other natural stimulants to provide the energy jolt offered by their previous nicotine products.

So if you’re an adult smokeless tobacco consumer who is ready to quit, or you just want a safer alternative to dipping, there are many tobacco-free chew options available. Tobacco-free chew contains no nicotine, is manufactured according to FDA guidelines, and is designed to deliver the same tactile and taste experience as regular, smokeless chew. This can help people who are trying to break the chewing habit get over the psychological cravings much more effectively than using gum or candy. If you’re quitting, you will probably need more than just a smokeless tobacco substitute to help you kick nicotine for good, but tobacco-free products can be an important part of a smoke-free regimen and give you that extra support to help you ease into a tobacco-free life.

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