U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
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U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (formerly United States Tobacco Company) manufactures smokeless tobacco products, notably dipping tobacco, but also chewing tobacco, snus, and dry snuff and is a subsidiary of Altria.
Copenhagen and Skoal are the company's leading brands, and each represent more than $1 billion per year in retail sales. It also sells similar products, for a lower price, under the brand names Red Seal and Husky. It also produced Rooster up until 2009, when Philip Morris decided to discontinue it. The company also produces several varieties of dry snuff.
Skoal was one of the first moist tobacco manufacturers to offer dipping tobacco in pouches. "Skoal Bandits", released in 1983, were marketed in the UK in the 1980s, but the carcinogenic tobacco pouches were banned amid public protest. This product has a small amount of tobacco in a pouch with a thin outer membrane and resembles a tiny tea bag. Skoal Bandits was invented by UST's marketing division and the manufacturing process was conceived by Gene Paules of UST and the process was automated by David Westerman of The Automation Center, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee. Since then, Skoal has kept the Skoal Bandits products, but has also released regular-sized pouches, as well as snus, and offers pouches under the Copenhagen brand as well.
- 1822–1870 – Mason Tour
- 1870–1905 – Weyman & Bros
- 1905–1911 – American Tobacco Company
- 1911–1922 – Weyman-Bruton Company
- 1922–2001 – United States Tobacco Company
- 2001–present – U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
During the 19th century, chewing tobacco was distributed throughout the United States by George Weyman. Weyman was the inventor of Copenhagen Snuff, and after his death, Weyman & Bros was acquired by the American Tobacco Company. It is today known as the "U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company".
George Weyman was the father of two sons, William and Buckworth. After their father regained control of the tobacco company in the 1860s he gave it to his two sons, when it was named "Weyman & Sons Tobacco". Following their father's death, the brothers officially adopted the name "Weyman & Bros Tobacco" in the 1870s.
- Red Seal
- Skoal (also produces two varieties of snus)
Former brands include Happy Days and Rooster
- WB Extra Long Cut
- Red al (not to be confused with Red Seal moist snuff)
- Rooster (not to be confused with the former Rooster moist snuff)
- Weyman's Best
- U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company profile from the website of parent company UST Inc.
- National Cancer Institute: Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer: Questions and Answers