Introduction and Legal Status of Snus

  • Snus is a tobacco product originating from Sweden in the 18th century.
  • It is placed between the upper lip and gum for extended periods.
  • Snus is not fermented and is steam-pasteurized.
  • Unlike American dipping tobacco, snus does not typically require spitting.
  • Snus is banned in the EU, except in Sweden.
  • Snus is illegal in several countries, including Australia, New Zealand, and all EU countries except Sweden.
  • It is the most common tobacco product in Norway and is also available in Switzerland.
  • Some EU countries, like the United Kingdom and Estonia, allow the sale of nicotine pouches similar to snus.
  • Snus is available in the United States, but Canada imposes high taxes on imported tobacco products.
  • The sale of snus is restricted due to its addictive nicotine content.

Health Effects of Snus

  • Snus is considered harmful to health, but less harmful than smoking tobacco.
  • Different types of snus have varying chemical constituents and disease risks.
  • Snus contains nicotine, which can lead to nicotine addiction.
  • Using snus has been seen as an alternative to smoking and other tobacco products.
  • Population-level studies suggest that snus carries lower disease risks compared to smoking.

Etymology of Snus

  • The Swedish word for snuff is 'snus'.
  • In Sweden, nasal snuff is referred to as 'torrsnus' or 'luktsnus'.
  • In America, the term 'snuff' is used for nasal tobacco.
  • Moist snuff, known as American dipping tobacco, was marketed as 'moist snuff' in the 1800s.
  • The word 'snus' is derived from the English word 'snuff'.

History of Snus

  • The use of snuff gained popularity in France in the 16th century.
  • By the early 17th century, nasal snuff was also used in Sweden.
  • Swedish farmers started fermenting locally grown tobacco and placing it under the lip, leading to the popularity of snus.
  • Jakob Fredrik Ljunglöf revolutionized snus production in 1822 with pasteurization.
  • In 1914, the Swedish parliament nationalized the tobacco industry, leading to a decline in the number of available brands.

Additional Information

  • Snus is the most common tobacco product in Norway.
  • Snus is available in the United States, but Canada imposes high taxes on imported tobacco products.

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