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Popular Chewing Tobacco Products Are Being Recalled

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The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company is recalling a lot of smokeless tobacco products due to the possibility of finding small shards of metal inside the can of chewing tobacco. According to a press release on Altria.com, “In each case, the object was visible to the consumer and there have been no reports of consumer injury. Complaints have been received from consumers in Indiana, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Ohio.”

Though there hasn’t been an injury yet, chewing tobacco is meant to be placed between the gums and lip, so if a user isn’t careful, it could cause a very unpleasant surprise. KHOU writes that the specific line of products in the voluntary recall are “Copenhagen, Husky, and Skoal.” Customers will need to check the codes on the cans to match up with the recall list here. Next, they can contact the company at 1-866-201-9136 for a refund.

It may be surprising to some that chewing tobacco is still such a popular product. The CDC says that from the years 1986 – 2000 the use of smokeless tobacco among men dropped significantly, but it has slowly increased in popularity ever since. In 2014, 7 out of 100 men said they had used chewing tobacco at least once in the past 30 days while fewer than one out of 100 women said the same.