Teens chewing tobacco | Smokeless tobacco is gaining popularity with high school students. Neil Bhatt, 17, a Saunders secondary school student, holds up containers of flavoured chewing tobacco that are becoming more popular with high school students. Dipping, spit, plug, or chew -- by whatever name, it`s a trend in London high schools. It`s chewing tobacco. Long associated with older generations, or spittoon-clinking cowboys, chewing tobacco has become a smoking substitute for youths and an energy-booster for others.
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Neil Bhatt, 17, a Saunders secondary school student, holds up containers of flavoured chewing tobacco that are becoming more popular with high school students.
Many want a quick buzz or simply to fit in with the trend, said Neil Bhatt, 17, a Grade 12 student at Saunders secondary school.
doesn't chew tobacco, but he's
seen students at his
school doing it.
grandfather used to regularly chew, with no significant health effects, he
But after learning chewing tobacco contains 3,000 chemicals, such as arsenic and lead, Bhatt joined an anti-tobacco group, One Life Crew.
"I've never wanted to try it," Bhatt