During World War II, war rationing reduced the amount of sugar available for making chewing tobacco.

Not willing to compromise flavor, Sherwood Pinkerton Jr. (president of Pinkerton Tobacco) discovered a way to maintain the great taste of Red Man Chewing Tobacco by using sugar substitutes from natural fruits. His formula remained in production from 1942 to the early 1950s, when sugar production returned to normal.


Fifty years later, we launched sugar-free Red Man Silver Blend. The high-quality, sugar-free chew with a mellow taste is something we think Mr. Pinkerton would be proud of. After all, it’s made by replacing sugars with sweeteners found naturally in fruit. Just like back in 1942.

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