Difference Between Dip and Chew

Main Difference

The main difference between the smokeless tobacco dip and chew is that the Dip is just placed in the mouth and allows the saliva to naturally play its role in extracting the juice from it whereas chew requires you to chew it to release the taste or juice of the product.

Dip vs. Chew

Millions of tobacco lovers do not smoke cigarettes or cigars and satisfy themselves with a form of tobacco called smokeless tobacco. To get the kick of tobacco, they keep the tobacco in their mouth and keep drawing in its juices. Dip and chew are the names given to this smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is harmless as you do not swallow it. Tobacco-based products are used by snuffing, dipping, and chewing. A dip is a traditional form of American snuff. It is placed between the lower lip and gums which tend to cause extra saliva when dipping. The mouth absorbs the nicotine, and the juices that are formed in this process are sometimes spat or swallowed depending on one’s preference. Chewing of tobacco is one of the oldest ways to consume it. Chew is placed between the teeth, gums, or cheeks. As the name implies, it is chewed for consumption. Chewing tobacco is said to experience the taste of its natural flavor. The dip is just placed in your mouth and allows the saliva to play its role in extracting the juice from it naturally. Chew requires you to chew it to release the taste/juice of the product. The cut of dip ranges from very finely ground fine cut to long cut. The most common cut of chew is loose leaf chewing tobacco. Chew also comes in pellets or bits, and plugs.

Comparison Chart

DipChew
Smokeless tobacco that comes in moist form in tinsSmokeless tobacco that comes in grounded or powdered form in small bags
Consumption Method
It is just placed in the mouth and allows the saliva to play its role in extracting the juice from it naturallyIt requires you to chew it to release the taste or juice of the product
The Cuts
Most common types of dip are long cut, wide cut, and fine cutThe most common cut of chew is loose leaf chewing tobacco
Placement
Between the lower lip and gumsBetween the teeth, gums, or cheeks

What is the Dip?

The dip is a kind of smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is a variety of tobacco that is not burned and smoked. Instead, the tobacco leaves are used and processed through a variety of other methods, including chewing, sniffing, and dipping. Smokeless tobacco delivers nicotine without many of the effects of burning and inhaling. Dipping tobacco or dip is finely ground or shredded with added moist. The user places a little bit of this tobacco in between his gums and lower lip. The dip comes in two specific cuts called fine cut and long cut. The fine cut is smaller. It has to be carefully placed inside the mouth in such a manner that it does not fall apart. Beginners start with the long cut because it stays in place without any special effort. The dip is a moist pack of tobacco leaves that gives the kick of tobacco. The dip is a smokeless tobacco product; still, it carries fewer health hazards. However, smokeless tobacco is not free of health risks. It can promote nasal, oral, and other major problems. Nicotine is a common dip that acts as a stimulant. While dipping, nicotine is absorbed through the mouth. The extra saliva or spit is either spat out or swallowed. The dip is kept in between 10 to 30 minutes, or longer (depending on personal preference). The dip is sometimes also known as ‘rub.’

What is the Chew?

Chew is another smokeless tobacco. It consists of loose leaves of tobacco that are sweetened. The taker packs a wad of these leaves inside his mouth. Then he holds it there for hours at a stretch. This process draws all the nicotine of tobacco. Chewing tobacco promotes excess saliva. This saliva must be spat out by the user due to potential risks and general unpleasantness of swallowing. But some hardened chewers swallow it. As the name reveals, chewing tobacco is a kind of smokeless tobacco product which is chewed by the user. Chewing is required in this kind of smokeless tobacco to release flavor and nicotine from the leaves. Chew is put between the teeth and the cheek or between the gums and the cheek. Chew is one of the oldest known famous methods of tobacco use. It dates back to the indigenous people of the Americas. Chewing tobacco is available in pouches in many varieties, each with its unique properties. There is another type of chew called chaw. The varieties of chewing tobacco are:

  • ‘Loose leaf’ chewing tobacco. It includes shredded leaves with a sticky texture due to the addition of added sweeteners.
  • ‘Plug’ chewing tobacco, which mostly comes unsweetened.
  • ‘Twist’ is chewing tobacco that comes in a rope-like twist.
  • ‘Chew bags’ which are small portions of chewing tobacco contained within small packets.

Key Differences

  1. A dip is a traditional form of American snuff, whereas chew is one of the oldest ways to consume tobacco.
  2. The dip is placed between the lower lip and gums on the flip side chew is placed between the teeth, gums, or cheeks.
  3. The dip is just placed in your mouth and allows the saliva to naturally play its role in extracting the juice from it conversely the chew requires you to chew it to release the taste/juice of the product.
  4. The cut of dip ranges from very finely ground fine cut to long cut; on the other hand, the most common cut of chew is loose leaf chewing tobacco.

Conclusion

Tobacco is used all over the world, and chews and dip (also called chewing tobacco or dipping tobacco) are two kinds of smokeless tobacco. Both the varieties of smokeless tobacco come in countless different forms and flavors.

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