(NewsUSA) - Smokeless tobacco is as much a part of baseball as the Cubs' disappointing run at the World Series year after year.
While Major League Baseball is urging its players to reconsider a habit as old as the sport itself, there is also a history to think about -- one that has linked the two together in the hearts and minds of Americans.
This begs the question: Is there life to baseball without smokeless tobacco?
To come to a conclusion, we have to look at the history of smokeless tobacco and how the two have become inextricably linked together.
In the mid-1800s, when baseball was first getting its footing in America, chewing tobacco was extremely popular, and baseball players used it for the same reasons other men did -- pure pleasure. Soon, however, players found added benefits to using smokeless tobacco products, such as, creating more saliva in the mouth in a dusty environment. This, in turn, helped players to moisten their gloves with spit.
It also helped the smokeless tobacco industry when cigarettes -- which threatened smokeless tobacco companies in the early 20th century -- were attributed to fatigue and bad luck among players. In this way, snuff and chew, continued to gain ground.
"Chewing tobacco is a tradition in baseball," says Everett Dickson, CEO of FLASR, a company that has created accoutrements for the smokeless tobacco user. "It's a part of the game, seeing a pitcher or hitter at bat with a small piece of tobacco tucked into his cheek. Having said that, we also understand the concerns of the general public, and support any decision by policymakers and Major League Baseball."
Until then, however, FLASR wants those who do use smokeless tobacco (players included) to know there are products that are discreet and help with the more inconvenient and messy aspects for users.
One such product is FLASR's pocket-sized, portable spittoon, which has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays closed when not in use. This eliminates the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. FLASR reusable spittoons also feature the exclusive Thumb-Lok Twist Cap for one-handed ease of use making it an ideal solution for taking snuff, dip or chew into the bullpen or on long road trips.
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In fact, as state lawmakers continue to outlaw cigarettes in bars, restaurants, workplaces and government buildings, smokers are opting for smokeless tobacco, and the spittoon (or something akin to it) is once again becoming a necessity.
Supporting the notion that smokeless tobacco use is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that four out of every 100 adults aged 18 years and older (men and women) use smokeless tobacco, about seven in every 100 are men. In addition, young adult males (aged 18-25 years) accounted for more than 10 in every 100. This bodes well for companies that provide accessories for smokeless tobacco users, such as Atlanta-based FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).
One of the more inconvenient (not to mention messy) aspects of smokeless tobacco is the unsightly spit cup that users must carry around. According to its website, FLASR portable spittoons were invented to "provide you [the user] with an elegant and easy-to-use solution for taking your favorite tobacco products along wherever your travels lead you."
The FLASR flask that has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. In addition, the new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for everyday use or when taking the pleasure of snuff, dip or chew, hunting, fishing or to any other sport or event.
The small size of the FLASR portable tobacco flask allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively in public without unwanted attention.
The company plans on designing variations of the product to give consumers a greater choice of design options, including, but not limited to, brands and logos of sports teams, hobbies, interests and more.
For more information, visit www.flasr.com.