Friday 22 May 2020

Swedish Snus!

With Covid 19 hitting the world at large and smokers looking for ways to protect their lungs,there has been a boost in other tobacco alternatives like Snus.

Swedish snus is a tobacco filled pouch that you consume by putting under your upper lip. It's a very traditional product in Sweden. 

Snuff(Not to be confused as snus) precursor of snus according to reports,was introduced to France by a French diplomat who recommended it as a migraine remedy.

It then became a fashionable trend among the court and upper-class citizens of France, especially among females, as it was deemed more socially acceptable than other forms of tobacco.

This trend spread to Sweden at the beginning of the 17th century. In the 18th century, Swedish producers however began to manufacture moist snuff, which was placed in the lower lip and did not require spitting hence giving birth to Snus.

 Ettan (meaning "the number one"), registered in 1822, is the oldest brand of snus still sold.

The Swedish snus moist and smokeless tobacco is sold either as a moist powder known as loose snus, or prepackaged into pouches known as portion snus. 

Loose snus is a moist powder which can be portioned and packed into a cylindrical or spherical shape with the fingertips or a purpose-made cylindrical device. The end result is often referred to as a pris (pinch), buga, prilla, or prell (slang). Some users (usually long-time users) simply pinch the tobacco and place it under their upper lip.

Over time, the demand for loose snus has been replaced by portioned varieties. Many users of snus today prefer the discrete nature of the latter variety.Portion snus is prepackaged moist powder in small teabag-like sachets.

 It comes in smaller quantities than the loose powder, but is considered more convenient and discreet than loose snus. 

Snus is often mildly flavored with food-grade smoke aroma and lots of different flavours such as bergamot, citrus, juniper berry, herbs and lots of floral flavors.

Sweden Snus is regulated as a food product as such  all ingredients are listed on the label of each individual package of snus. Moist snus contains more than 50% water, and the average use of snus in Sweden is approximately 800 grams (16 units) per person each year.

Snus is sold primarily in Sweden, Faroe Islands and Norway, and has more recently been introduced to South Africa and the U.S. 

It can be found in places frequented by Scandinavian tourists, such as Murmansk in Russia,in Greece,as well as online sales.

It is however illegal in the rest of the European Union.

As it is with every tobacco product,there are still risks!

 The European Union banned the sale of snus in 1992, after a 1985 World Health Organization (WHO) study concluded that oral use of snuffs of the types used in North America and western Europe may be carcinogenic to humans,but a WHO committee on tobacco has also acknowledged the evidence is inconclusive regarding health consequences for snus consumers.

Recent actions by many European governments to limit the use of cigarettes has led to calls to lift the ban on snus, as it is generally considered to be less harmful than cigarette smoke, both to the user and to others.

Since snus is not inhaled it does not affect the lungs as cigarettes do,and because it is steam-pasteurized rather than fire-cured like smoking tobacco or other chewing tobacco, it contains lower concentrations of nitrosamines and other carcinogens that form from the partially anaerobic heating of proteins.

Several studies conclude that Snus falls into the middle safer than cigarettes category!

More details on Snus over @ nearestsnus


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