What is Snus?


Snus is a form of smokeless tobacco that is placed between the upper lip and gums for extended periods. It was introduced in Sweden in the early 18th century and gained popularity among the Swedish upper class. At its peak, snus consumption reached 7,000 tons per year. In the late 1960s, snus made a comeback as smokers became aware of the health risks associated with smoking and switched to snus, which was marketed as a safer alternative.Source:

A number of studies have shown that snus is less harmful than regular cigarettes and may be a helpful aid in quitting or reducing cigarette use. However, a 2008 SCENIHR report and a 2016 Cochrane review concluded that the evidence is insufficient to establish that snus has long-term benefits for public health.

Unraveling the Mystique of Snus: A Beginner’s Guide

The term snus is derived from the Swedish word snuff, which is used to describe dry tobacco. The snus plant, Nicotiana tabacum, was brought to Europe from America by Spanish and Portuguese seamen during the 1500s. It was named after Jean Nicot, the French ambassador to Lisbon. He gave snus to Queen Catherine de Medici of France, who suffered from chronic headaches. When she crushed the tobacco leaves and inhaled the powder through her nose, the headaches stopped.

Snus is usually refrigerated to maintain freshness, and it can be stored for a few months or longer, depending on the manufacturer. The main components in snus are tobacco and salt, which is mixed with water to create a moist powder. It is then packaged in individual sachets with different weights: mini portions weigh around 0.5 g, normal/large portions weight 0.8 to 1 g, and maxi portions weigh up to 1.7 g.