Talking about Snus has become quite difficult, especially after the ban on this type of chewing tobacco by the European Union.
Yet in Sweden the population is a great lover of Snus, and it has been estimated that the per capita consumption is 16 jars per person (just under a kilo per year).
It is currently a borderline product, located halfway between legality (in Nordic countries such as Sweden, Norway and Finland) and illegality. Let's see what Snus is and how to use it.
Snus belongs to the smokeless tobacco category, i.e. those types of tobacco that do not require combustion in order to be used.
The Swedish term literally means chewing tobacco, and basically it is just that.
Sold in single-serving portions in natural filter paper, snus is a very moist chopped tobacco, thanks to the steam processing which allows it to be used by suction. There are two main types: loose and in portions.
This first type of Snus is the oldest on the market, and is purchased in vacuum-sealed jars containing an extremely moist and malleable tobacco powder.
It is a very particular product, and currently also the least used. This moist powder is in fact rolled up by hand (or with the prismaster , a special tool) and then inserted into the mouth. We can deduce very quickly that the tobacco dust will begin to spread in our mouth, with some inevitable discomfort.
Unlike its cousin, here the Snus is packaged in small single-serving packets in filter paper. Just take a bag from the box and place it in your mouth, waiting for it to slowly release the active ingredients of the tobacco.
It is the most widespread type of smokeless tobacco in the world, either for its simplicity of use or for its simpler availability.
The original Swedish snus (both in loose and packaged versions) is made with a variable blend of tobacco (generally Virginia and Kentucky are the most used shreds), left to dry with the air-cured method in a region of Sweden characterized by high humidity: the Mälardalen.
Subsequently, the tobacco mixture is added with salt, sodium carbonate, distilled water and aromas, vaporized with a hot humidification process. This process allows the snus to maintain a humidity level of 50%, perfect for assimilating large quantities of nicotine through suction.
Taking snus is extremely simple. Just take a dose (bulk or packaged) and insert it in the mouth, blocking it between the lip and the gum. After a few minutes you will feel the snus rapidly release its moisture, invading your mouth with the intense flavor of tobacco.
Not everyone is able to bear such an intense flavor in the mouth, so much so that the classic " tobacco spit " derives from the male custom of chewing snus.
Salivation will increase dramatically, as a result of the body defending itself against such an aggressive attack. The time it takes to take varies from person to person, but there is no fixed rule: there are those who savor it only for a few minutes and those who manage to resist for several hours.
It all depends on everyone's predisposition.
Snus is a product banned by the European Union in 1992, making it extremely difficult to find. Currently the countries where you can freely find Snus are Sweden, Norway and Finland, thanks to the high percentage of the population that uses it constantly.
In Sweden alone, 22% of the population uses it daily, while almost 30% of the population uses it occasionally. In Italy it is illegal, therefore do not try to buy it in the tobacconist's near the house.
Absolutely, like any other tobacco product.
The European Union banned the trade of snus in 1992, following WHO guidelines which declared “oral tobacco is carcinogenic to humans”. Despite the proven toxicity of Snus, this has undergone a rapid surge in sales since 2004, when smoking in public places was banned (especially in Northern Europe).
Snus became an immediate solution for the most avid smokers, despite numerous studies highlighting the correlation between the use of Snus and tumors of the pancreas and oral cavity.
In addition to internal problems, Snus causes a very serious yellowing and loss of teeth, drastically transforming even the most beautiful smiles. As an alternative solution, we recommend opting for a which is healthier and with far fewer adverse effects.