Note: In this post we are talking about Nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical. This is an informative post. We ARE NOT supporting, selling, or any other action towards smoking. This article is merely informative.
What is Snus?
Snus is a smokeless tobacco product that originated in Scandinavia and it is widely used particularly in Sweden. It is available in a teabag-like pouch that is inserted between the top lip and the gum so that the nicotine is absorbed gradually over a period of time.
Under the Swedish Food Act, it was regulated as a food product in the 1970s. Unlike American chew tobacco, Snus does not go through a fermentation process but rather is steam-pasteurized. There is no need for spitting by the user as the small quantities of moisture released are swallowed by the user as part of the normal saliva.
Difference between Swedish and American Snus
Swedish snus is typically marketed and sold as a moist powder, which is loose snus. There is also the portion snus variety where the powder is packed into pouches. Swedish snus typically has a mild flavour. There are smoke aromas added and it can be additionally infused with herb, berry or floral flavours. Swedish manufacturers have extra quality standards in addition to the stringent Swedish food regulations.
American snus became available in the late 1990s. It is similar to the Scandinavian version in form but the contents can differ. Usually the moisture content and pH is lower with the result that the availability of nicotine is lower.
What is the difference between Snus and Nicotine Pouches
The difference between snus and pouches is that nicotine pouches are tobacco-free, and Swedish snus are not. In fact, tobacco is the base ingredient in most snus. Depending on the variety of snus, the level of nicotine in the tobacco leaves ranges from 0.5% to 7.5%.
In nicotine pouches, the nicotine is extracted from the Nicotiana tabacum plant and crystalized into nicotine salt, but the plant itself is excluded. This means that the products are completely tobacco-free since they contain no tobacco plant matter (e.g., leaf, root) in any form.
One advantage of nicotine pouches vs. snus is that the nicotine pouches are normally all white, so they do not stain your teeth like some snus varieties. Additionally, because of its extended shelf life, a nicotine pouch can be enjoyed for much longer than snus.
History of Snus
Even though you think you never heard of Snus, well the fact is that you definitely heard or seen it on tv/movies. Depending on your country, you might have heard of Chewing tobacco or Rapé (sniffing tobacco), Snus is the Swedish name for pouches.
In the 16th century, Swedes began to mix tobacco leaves with salt and water to place behind the upper lip. The snuff was born, but prior that the predecessor went from the Caribbean, into the French court and then across Europe as the latest fashion.
Is Snus better than smoking?
According to many health services in the world, compared to cigarettes, snus seems less dangerous.
In Sweden, snus is something that has helped lower smoking rates. More than half of Swedish snus users are ex-smokers.
Risks of Snus
Snus does contain nicotine, so it’s addictive.
You can get hooked on it, and quitting this habit has the same unpleasant side effects as when you stop smoking, including headaches and nausea.
Smokeless tobacco products also deliver more nicotine and nitrosamines than cigarettes, although snus generally has lower levels of nitrosamines than other smokeless products.
If you have pre-existing health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, consider consulting your doctor before taking snus.
How do you use Snus
Snus users put the pouch under the lip as they enjoy the buzz and flavour. The effects caused by snus vary depending on the flavoring used.
Snus, which is usually sold in round tubs, is available from various brands and in many flavours in online retail stores.
Popular Snus Brands
There are many snus brands to choose from, each offering a range of flavours, along with different nicotine strengths to meet the satisfaction of users. Whether you’re looking for loose snus or portion snus, browse our pages to see what’s available. Each brand offers unique products in terms of taste and flavour and also in the distinctive designs of their packaging.
Some of the most popular brands of Swedish snus in Sweden include General, Kapten, Odens, Siberia and Thunder. Other popular brands include White Fox, Göteborgs Rapé, Lyft, Zyn, Skruf, On!, Ettan and Ace.
Popular snus flavours and types
The most popular flavour of snus is mint, and most brands will offer a mint option. Liquorice is another popular flavour but snus also comes in fruity flavours like lemon, lime and citrus and unusual flavours like Zyn’s Northern Woods, Göteborgs Rapé Cloudberry or On! Coffee.
The nicotine content of snus also varies from the average of 8g per gram all the way up to the massive “kick like a mule” 43mg of nicotine per gram that can be found in Siberia’s -80 degrees brown portion. With portions also available in different sizes from mini to large, there’s a snus for everyone!