Smokeless tobacco in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Smokeless tobacco, also known as dip, chew, snuff, or chewing tobacco, comes in two forms. Chewing tobacco comes as loose leaves of tobacco, as plug tobacco (brick form), or in a twist form. Snuff is finely ground (powdered) tobacco that is sold moist, dry, or in tea bag-like pouches called sachets. The term smokeless tobacco implies use of unburned tobacco in the finished products. A variety of smokeless tobacco products are available, for oral or nasal use. Products intended for oral use are sucked, chewed, gargled or applied to the gums or teeth, while fine tobacco mixtures are usually inhaled into the nostrils.

Market landscape

Convenience stores are, by far, the most common place to purchase smokeless tobacco products within the United States. In 2020, U.S. convenience stores generated approximately 7.12 billion U.S. dollars from chewing tobacco and snuff products; which amounted to about 1.2 billion units sold. This variety of smokeless tobacco accounts for nearly the entire market. Meanwhile, manufacturer sales of smokeless tobacco have been growing. From 2.13 billion U.S. dollars in 2001, sales grew 126 percent to 4.82 billion dollars in 2020.


Other than cigars, smokeless tobacco products like chewing tobacco and moist smokeless and snuf were the most commonly used non-cigarette forms of tobacco consumption in the U.S. in 2020. Consumption of smokeless tobacco is most common in the southern and midwest regions of the United States, which are the regions with the highest tobacco consumption generally. Men were about 16 times more likely than women to be consumers of smokeless tobacco.

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In the following 3 chapters, you will quickly find the 20 most important statistics relating to "Smokeless tobacco in the United States".

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