Camel has introduced a line of smokeless tobacco orbs, sticks and strips, which are finely milled tobacco and look like toothpicks, mints or breath strips. They dissolve in your mouth and are packaged to look like a container of breath mints or a small cell phone.
These products are discreet, addictive and attract young customers.
Barred from advertising cigarettes on television, tobacco companies still spend $12.8 billion a year marketing a new generation of tobacco products. Some legislative efforts in Minnesota are trying to restrict those products, including Snus, a smokeless, spitless tobacco product advertised to traditional chewers and younger people, according to anti-tobacco groups.
Campaigns against tobacco use by teens have nearly halved the percentage of North Dakota high school students who report smoking cigarettes, from 40.6 percent in 1999 to 21.1 percent in 2007, according to the state Health Department’s Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control.
But the percentage of students in grades 9 through 12 who report using “spit tobacco,” after falling from 15.1 percent in 1999 to 10.3 percent in 2003, appears to be on a slight uptick.
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