A Brief Guide to the Different Types of Tobacco Products

With tobacco use on the decline and many governments restricting advertisements, it can be hard to know what types of tobacco products are available. Even if you can still buy a lot of them at supermarkets, gas stations, and smoke shops, you might not know about all types of products.

We’d like to demystify that. Keep reading to learn about the different forms of tobacco and where you can get them.

Cigars, Cigarettes, and Cigarillos

Cigars, cigarettes, and cigarillos make up a broad category called combustible tobacco products. They earn that name from being burned when consumed.

Pipe tobacco, sold as loose tobacco and then packed into a pipe for smoking, also falls under this umbrella. While pipe smoking remains a small share of the market, more users have moved on to other methods.

Combustible products make up the largest chunk of market share. 80% of users in 2019 reported combustibles like cigarettes as their preferred type of tobacco product.

Smoked tobacco products have lots of rules on their packaging and sale. These rules vary between states and municipalities.

Smokeless Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco includes products that can be taken through the nose or mouth without being burned. Common smokeless tobacco products include chew, dip, snuff, and snus. Users take these products by holding them between the lip and gums, or occasionally through the nose.

These products have much smaller market share than most other forms of tobacco. Their proportional popularity has slipped even further in recent years due to the expansion of electronic smoking.

E-Cigarettes and Electronic Smoking

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vapes, have become popular recently. Unlike combustibles, e-cigarettes use water vapor to deliver their contents. They avoid several common additives seen in conventional tobacco products.

E-cigarettes have gained a lot of popularity among young people. For a long time, manufacturers sold flavored products with fruity or candy-like tastes. The government took efforts to curtail these products’ development recently, however, and such products have become less common.

Other Types of Tobacco Products

While the above three types make up most of the market, you can find other types as niche products. These include shisha for use in hookahs and roll-your-own products.

Shisha comprises tobacco, molasses, and sometimes other additives. This form of tobacco works in a hookah, shisha, or water pipe.

Roll-your-own products include loose tobacco and rolling papers. Users combine these on their own time, making their own cigarettes.

These products usually only show up at smoke shops and other specialty stores, though. If you’re looking for where to buy shisha tobacco, those would be a good start. You can also buy them online.

Keep an Eye Out

While many types of tobacco can be found at mass market retailers, others are specialty products. Depending on the ways you like to smoke, you might not find your preferred brands and methods everywhere. While this can be disheartening, it could be enjoyable to treat it as a new opportunity and try new things.

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