Swedish snus is a tobacco filled pouch that you consume by putting it under your upper lip. It’s a very traditional product in Sweden. This post will have everything you need to know about nicotine pouches.
The History of Snus
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. Here is the history about snuff, from the 1400’s until today.
Snus began to regain its popularity in the late 1960’s when health risks associated with cigarette smoking were documented in several reports. During the 1970’s, the first portion-packed snus was introduced, an important step for snus to reach a broader public. Since then, the sales curve has pointed upwards.
The Benefits of Snus vs Smoking
Each year, more than 400,000 persons in the US die from smoking-related diseases. This is more than double the number that die from alcohol, drugs, traffic accidents, AIDS, murder and suicide. These were the findings of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) in a report published at the end of last year.
The incidence of lung cancer among Swedish men has declined over the past 20 years, which researchers link to the fact that Swedish men are smoking less and that many of them have switched to snus. There is no demonstrable correlation between the use of Swedish snus and oral cancer.
Neither has any link been shown between the use of Swedish snus and intestinal or esophageal cancer. Mortality in cancer is not elevated among Swedish snus users, and the risk of cardiovascular diseases is much lower in this group than among smokers.
Brands & Flavors
The higher pH and moisture content, as well as the lower nitrite levels, allow Swedish snus to deliver more nicotine at less risk of adverse effects than the American brands. Swedish snus users develop a dependency on the nicotine, but the risk of cancer and heart disease is considerably lessened compared to smoking.
There are some gray area snus that fall into more then one category, generally a straight tobacco with a mild flavor in the background, but overall this is a good way to get a handle on the many choices. The two traditional flavors are bergamot and tobacco.
Whiskey, bergamot, mint, licorice and other provide flavors that have good synergy with the tobacco in the snus and are therefore the most popular flavors we find in original and in white snus.