Chewing tobacco vs Cigarettes - Nicotine

Some have switched from absorbing nicotine through the lining of the lungs by smoking cigarettes to absorbing it sublingually while chewing tobacco. Nicotine cannot be absorbed efficiently in an acidic environment like that of the stomach, so that’s why tobacco isn’t consumed as a drink, like tea or coffee.

People may think chewing tobacco has "less" nicotine and is therefore safer than smoking cigarettes.


The question was asked on Sunson.com - " What dipping brand of tobacco has the most nicotine?"
A cigarette is about 12 mg of nicotine

Grizzly Wintergreen 30-36 mg pouch = 3 cigarettes
Odens Extreme is 22 mg pouch = almost 2 cigarettes
Snus 8 mg per pinch
Kodiak 11.3 mg per pinch
Copenhagen 13.9 mg per pinch
Skoal 11 mg per pinch
Red Man 8.6 mg per pinch

The answers to this question reveal that nicotine is a drug.

"Grizzly gets my vote for sure! I dipped their long cut mint & wintergreen for years and it still frequently gave me a buzz (even after years of use). Granted I wouldn't always get a buzz, but it was always strong. After I stopped dipping for 9 months (a work trip to China), I came home and threw a big pinch in and nearly lost control of my legs. I had to sit down, and take it out because my head was spinning like crazy. I only use Snus now, but Grizzly sure is strong. I still miss Grizzly wintergreen on occasion."

"I found the Thunder long-cut the most potent long-cut I have ever tried. After a roll of that I could
barely feel anything off of American dip."

"It seems like every dipper I've ever spoken to who has tried Grizzly WG , whether occasional or seasoned, has had at least one vomit-laden experience with it. Tends to turn people off WG altogether. Still pales in comparison to an Extra Stark."

"For taste and
buzz outside of Sweden you can't beat Copenhagen Black! A dip of that will light you up real nice"

Nicotine side effects and overdose symptoms

According to Webmd.com, MayoClinic.org & drugs.com, Homeopathic Materia Medica (matter - use in medicine) first created by Samuel Hahnemann who lived 1755-1843. Nausea
We've seen commercials about mouth and throat cancer presented by someone who's had it, but the whole body is affected.
  • Vomit
  • Indigestion
  • Headache
  • Hahnemann describes, “Heaviness. Head drawn back with rigidity of muscles of neck and back.)
  • Dizziness - Hahnemann describes, “Dullness of head, dizziness, stupefaction (unable to think or feel properly).”
  • Symptoms of flu
  • Increased saliva in mouth
  • Unusual taste
  • Rash, hives or swelling of the skin
  • Red and itchy skin - Hahnemann describes, “Dryness of skin.”
  • Abdominal pain - Hahnemann describes, “Disagreeable sensation extending from stomach upwards and downwards." AND "Disagreeable sensation through while intestinal canal.”
  • Nervousness
  • Blurred vision - Hahnemann describes, “Indistinct vision.”
  • Pounding in the ears - Hahnemann describes, “Indistinct hearing, sensation as if ears filled with cotton.”
  • Hearing weakness or loss
  • General physical weakness or unusual tiredness
  • Heartburn
  • Mouth, tooth, jaw or neck pain
  • Problems with teeth
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • Constriction of blood vessels causing increased blood pressure, hypertension and decreased blood flow to the heart, leads to chest pain and increased risk of myocardial infarction or heart attack. - Hahnemann describes, “Sensation of foreign body behind sternum.” AND “Pulse increased infrequency in direct proportion to dose. “ AND "Sensation of warmth in stomach, rapidly extending over chest and to head and like a streaming into tips of fingers and toes, not followed by sweat. Cold sweat.”
  • Increased heart rate (Chronotropic agent) = greater work load placed on the heart
  • Arrhythmias, palpitations, fast or irregular heart beat
  • Increased respiratory rate, paralysis of the respiratory system resulting in respiratory failure and death. - Hahnemann describes, “Pulse and respiration very irregular, sometimes becoming very rapid, sometimes sinking.”
  • Increased metabolic rate - weight loss or inability to maintain weight
  • Depressed appetite alternating with ravenous appetite.
  • Hahnemann also describes, MIND “Delirium with frightful vision. Inability to think or fix attention on any subject.”
  • “Brain-fag” (brain-tiring)
  • KIDNEY “Urgent desire, urine copious, increased.” Nutrients are being excreted.
  • RECTUM “Stool retarded (held back).” Constipation
  • SKIN “Dryness of skin.”
  • SLEEP “Sleepy, Restless night, sleepless.”
  • LIMBS “Formication (a sensation like insects crawling).” AND “Weakness of lowest limbs, on going up stairs.”
  • Dry mouth and burning sensation in the mouth
  • Hahnemman describes, “Sharp burning sensation in tongue. Scraping, burning taste, especially low down in throat.”
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Throat Irritation - Hahnemman describes “As though a sharp brush had been drawn through esophagus to stomach. Sensation of dysphagia (can't swallow).” AND “Dryness and scraping in throat.”
Large amounts of wintergreen leaf or oil can cause headache, stomach pain, and confusion.

There really is no "safe" amount of nicotine. It is a drug that causes the body to excrete nutrients, making it deficient of critical vitamins and minerals. Deficiency causes disease. It is just that simple. One example is vitamin C. People who consume nicotine, either by chewing tobacco or smoking it, suffers from severe vitamin C deficiency. Without vitamin C the body can’t produce enough adrenaline, adrenal steroids, neurotransmitters, and similar substances which maintain normal cellular functions. Fatigue forces you to consume “uppers”; sugar, coffee, tea, cigarette, alcohol, and even drugs in an attempt to achieve a quick remedy for tiredness caused by vitamin C deficiency.

The morning begins with a cup fo coffee and a sweet roll (sugar depletes nutrients) - a zero vitamin C breakfast that depletes vitamin C. Thus, you start your day with a negative C balance — a nutritionally disastrous circumstance. To make matters worse, you take several smoke breaks (nicotine) throughout the day, chew or are exposed to second hand cigarette smoke. A migraine develops so you take aspirin which causes the body to excrete and not absorb nutrients, followed by more coffee which acts as a diuretic causing your body to excrete nutrients in urine and sugar. What little vitamin C may have been in the tissues is thoroughly decimated by noon. Lunch is filled with nitrate treated meat and deep fried food which oxidizes vitamin C. Sinus congestion from the onset of a cold is remedied by antihistamines, which destroys vitamin C. This scenario continues into the next day, week, month, year.

A typical American menu: Commercial cereal sweetened with sugar, skim milk and orange juice (contains zero usable vitamin C) for breakfast. Perhaps eggs and bacon (nitrates). Lunch is a luncheon meat sub or burger with fries. Snack is a soda and potato chips. Dinner is a well done steak, mashed potatoes, bread with margarine, salad (iceberg lettuce, tomato, dressing), dessert and coffee with non-dairy creamer sugar, or artificial sweetener. Total vitamin C content consumed for the day is maybe 27 mg, if that. The coffee steals 5 mg, sugar takes 20 mg, food additives steal 10 mg, inorganic iron in flour products robs 20 mg and exhaust fumes from driving to and from work steals 20 mg. We live in a toxic world, and toxins from the air, water and food all destroy vitamin C. You get the idea. No-one should be surprised if this person suddenly dies of a heart attack, suffers a stroke or some other severe disease, or develops cancer at a young age. Just as vitamin C is destroyed by these habits, other crucial anti-stress and anti-cancer nutrients are depleted; vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin E, B vitamins, selenium, magnesium and calcium.

Mild vitamin C deficiency symptoms are often vague. With moderate deficiency, collagen production is adversely affected, leading to skin aging and cellulite production. Severe deficiency is associated with a wide range of degenerative diseases; cancer, heart disease, arthritis, lupus, diabetes, and lung disease. Smokers are especially susceptible to develop severe debilitating lung disease such as emphysema, cancer or heart disease because tobacco depletes vitamin C in the body and foods consumed when they are absorbed. Extreme deficiency: Warning — critical damage to internal organs is imminent unless the deficiency is corrected. It will cause damage to critical organs unless your deficiency is corrected quickly. Frequent dosage is necessary to maintain high blood levels. Prolonged vitamin C deficiency may result in degenerative changes within a number of tissues, including joints, spine, spleen, thymus, lymph glands, liver, adrenals, ovaries, heart, arteries, veins, testes, and thyroid gland. A lack of vitamin C also causes a reduction in interferon syntheses, and this chemical is the body’s most crucial anti-viral compound. Vitamin C deficiency may occur within white blood cells, which leads to a significant reduction in their microbial killing power. While scurvy is uncommon today, severe vitamin C deficiency affects millions of Americans who don't consume nicotine in any form.

People who smoke cigarettes and chew tobacco seem to have a greater susceptibility to developing thrush; Candida yeast infection growing in the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat and esophagus. Perhaps nicotine is creating an ideal condition in the throat and mouth, inviting Candida to grow there? It makes sense.

I’m not telling you what to do. I’m sharing with you my research that reveals a likely cause of many of your symptoms so you can make the best choice for you based on all available information. How you act on this information is up to you. I am here to help you, either way.

How to "quit"

Humans are anxious to improve their circumstances but unwilling to make the necessary changes that will improve their health or circumstances, so they remain bound. How many people do you know that say they want to change, but really, they don’t, because they haven’t. They may have attempted and been successful for weeks, months or even years, yet they return. There is a very simple reason why that happens. Or, they already know how, but they still don’t because the pain of staying the same hasn't exceeded the pain of change. They have disappointed and lied to themselves and others many times. What they've done isn’t working. You may think of them, "If they really wanted to __, they would have already done it." But, it's really not that simple.

The challenge is, while their spirit may want to change — their brain doesn’t want them to. The brain thinks change = death, even if what they are currently doing isn't healthy or safe, or may be dangerous. Staying the same is easier and less painful than change is. Your brain will always seek pleasure and avoid pain.

The truth is, going on as they have been is way more painful than the process of change. Change requires discontent. What will their life be like 5-10 years from now if they don’t change? You want to be better today than you were yesterday, and tomorrow you will be better than you were today, not worse. How do you make that happen?

You have to make it happen. Take control of your brain, and get mad about the pain that’s caused by not changing. That’s what you have to create.
  • Remove things that weigh on your subconscious mind. Remove the temptation.
  • Interrupt every previous pattern that induced or triggered your weakness. When you're standing in front of an open refrigerator door, looking for something to stuff in your mouth, ask yourself, "What do I truly need?" You are not hungry. Are you lonely, need social interaction, someone to talk to, dehydrated and need to drink water? No amount of food will fill that void, so get what you truly need. After a while, you will stop standing in front of an open refrigerator door, staring.
  • Make it impossible to stray off course. Set yourself up for success.
  • Don’t attach any negative emotion to the “change” or your new habit. Just do it.
  • Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. Visualize the outcome of every effort and make it reality.
  • Set your intention and create the results you desire.
  • Don’t be the only person who holds yourself accountable. Ask others to help reinforce yourself.
  • Do not track yourself, because focusing on “It’s been this many days since I” had or did the thing I’ve been trying to quit or change only keeps your focus on that thing and empowers it. Shift your focus to what you’ve replaced it with and empower that.
  • Own the results, as if you've already achieved it. Don't say, "I quit __." It is no longer part of you, so it doesn't exist. Let it go.
  • Success is progress, not perfection. If you fall back into an old habit, forgive yourself. You're not "starting over," you are just continuing on your journey. Learn the life lesson and move on.
  • The body is boss. It will make you sorry with symptoms until you submit to it's desires. It will let you know via the language of symptom that what you are doing isn't serving you. Symptoms will intensify and increase, insisting you pay attention. If you tell the body to "shut up" by turning off symptoms with medication, it will not work for long. Your body will break down because the cause of your symptoms has been ignored and not corrected.
  • Pain is a tremendous motivator and pain is your friend. Yes, pain is your best friend. Pain has your best interest as its primary goal, and it will make you get real with yourself. Pain will motivate you to make better choices and let you know when you've strayed off the path you want to be on.

Taking the homeopathic remedy “Nicotinum” can help reverse these symptoms, like an antidote, and assist you in coming off nicotine.