How to Dip Smokeless Tobacco

Wondering how to dip? Pack a lip? Or use Skoal, rub, moist snuff, smokeless tobacco? These are all phrases for dipping smokeless tobacco, which this article will easily explain how to do.


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    Open up the can of chewing tobacco using your hand. Determine the freshness of the tobacco by checking if it is moist and pleasantly aromatic.
    • Smokeless tobacco is also available in pouches or bags. The method for dipping is the same regardless. However, cans are the most common container for smokeless tobacco.
    • If you are a beginner, try to get long-cut chewing tobacco. It's easier to pinch and easier to keep in one spot in your mouth.
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    Pack the can. This optional step helps compact the dip so it's easier to grab and you can get more into the same size in your mouth.
    • The easy way to do this is just bang the can a few times on anything ranging from your leg to a table.
    • The more refined way is to hold the can with your thumb, middle and ring fingers, allowing the index finger to remain loose. Move your hand rapidly up and down, forcing the loose index finger to make a banging noise on the side of the tin. The impact of your finger will pack the dip.
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    Grab a pinch of tobacco. Taking the first dip from a fresh can is harder than any other time, but you must simply work your fingers deep into the tobacco and pull out a pinch. A pinch is usually about the amount you can pinch between your thumb and the tip of your pointer finger. If you are new to chew, smaller is better.
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    Put the pinch of tobacco between your lips and gums. Make sure the placement is packed in as you don't want loose tobacco floating around your mouth and getting swallowed by accident.
    • When you are starting, it is recommended to put it on the lower lip because an upper lip placement is harder to maintain. Experts may put dip on the upper lip, or do a horseshoe (all the way around the bottom lip). Pack the dip with your tongue, if needed, to make sure it is loaded into place.
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    Wait until the juices build up in your mouth. To get more juice, work the lip in and out. Don't chew it. The nicotine is absorbed through your lip without having to actually chew the tobacco.
    • For some cuts, you may have to work your saliva into the wad of dip. This is because some cuts will give you cotton-mouth, and you want to get your wad moist to begin producing saliva.
    • If you are new to tobacco, you may experience a pleasant buzz or nausea followed by vomiting. If you start to sweat, feel sick or unpleasantly lightheaded, immediately get rid of the dip because you may soon become sick.
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    Spit out the juice. Wait until your mouth is filled substantially with the tobacco's juice.
    • You can use a used plastic bottle as a spitter. Make sure to close the cap of the water bottle after spitting into it, however, as it could spill.
    • You can also use a spittoon or MudJug. The MudJug is like a spittoon except it's designed so that it can't tip over, thereby spilling dip juice.
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    Store your unused dip in a cool place. A fridge or the freezer would be fine. This will help it from drying out.


  • For your first dip, stay away from the stronger dips such as Copenhagen and Grizzly. Try Skoal or a cheaper brand such as Longhorn or Husky. These have less nicotine and will give you less of a "head rush" (buzz).*Don't spit dip out on the floor or anywhere else that someone might step in it. You can spit into a container. It just takes a few slobs to make others want to take steps to ban the use of this product.
  • Wintergreen flavored dips and certain brands (such as Grizzly, Stokers, Longhorn, and Hawken) will give you what dippers call "Gator Lip," which is when the gums get wrinkly.
  • While this article talks about dip in cans, dip in pouches can be a bit easier to manage since it is cleaner, doesn't require packing, and regulates appropriate sizes.
  • Thoroughly clean out your mouth with water or some other drink afterwards. There's nothing worse than feeling the slight nausea from the initial dip, then swallowing a mixture of dip spit and leaves.
  • Don't try snuff until you become more used to the nicotine.
  • Do not hold the juice or spit in for a long time as you can get lightheaded or bad stomach cramps.
  • Do not dip snuff while intoxicated or hung over. It will make you sick unless you are used to it.
  • If you later become habituated to tobacco, you may begin to "gut," or swallow said juice. However, you will get sick if you try this before your body is completely habituated.
  • Always check the date on the can you buy. Stores will often sell you outdated or near expired tobacco. The date of manufacture should be within a month or the expiration date should not yet be passed.
  • Drinking anything immediately after a dip is unpleasant, as the flavor is still in your mouth. This is reminiscent of brushing your teeth and drinking something. Remember to swish around some water in your mouth and spit it out before drinking, if you can.
  • There's no certain time limit on dip. Keep it in as long as you want. Personally I do for an hour or more.


  • Once addicted to tobacco, it is very hard to quit. See how to quit chew for details.
  • Chewing tobacco can cause bad breath, yellow or brown teeth, cracked or bleeding lips, receding gums to the point your teeth fall out and heart disease.[1] In some cases, you may lose your entire jaw.
  • Smokeless tobacco contains nicotine similar to cigarettes and is highly addictive. The sure way to not get addicted is to not try it. Teens who use chew are more likely to become smokers later in life.[2]
  • Smokeless tobacco can cause cancer and gum disease.[2] It is not a safe alternative to smoking.[3]

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