Recap: Snuss/Snuz/ Snud are all Swedish terms used to refer to the product commonly known as Snus, a form of smokeless tobacco product that is placed under the upper lip to release nicotine for a short period.
If you've lived in Sweden or been around the Swedish for some time, you may have heard the words "Snuss, Snuz, or Snud" being used in conversations, particularly among tobacco users. But what do these words mean? And why should you care?
Let's start with the basics!
What is Snuss/Snuz/Snud?
Snuss, Snuz, and Snud are all Swedish terms for snus, a moist powder tobacco product that is placed under the upper lip to release nicotine for a short period. It is distinct from American snuff because it is much coarser and does not contain menthol or other additives.
Snus is traditionally consumed in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark and has grown in popularity in recent years in other European countries, as well as in the United States.
Why was Snus developed?
The history of snus dates back to the early 18th century when it was developed as a way to reduce the risk of cavities and other oral health problems associated with tobacco use. By placing the tobacco under the lip, rather than in the mouth, snus users could avoid contact with their teeth, which helped reduce the risk of cavities and other oral health problems.
How is Snus manufactured?
Swedish snus is made from a blend of tobacco, salt, water, and flavourings. The tobacco is ground into a fine powder and moistened with water to create a paste. The paste is then formed into small pouches or sachets, which are placed under the upper lip.
The nicotine in the snus is absorbed through the mucous membrane, providing a discreet and effective way to consume tobacco.
Types of snus
Snus is available in various flavours, including mint, bergamot (a citrus flavour), and liquorice. It can also be purchased with or without tobacco. The type that comes without tobacco is known as nicotine pouches.
Swedish snus generally has a lower nicotine content than other types of smokeless tobacco, making it a popular choice for those who are trying to reduce their nicotine intake.
You can learn more about the other types of snus from our detailed guide.
How do you use Snus?
Using snus is a relatively simple process. Simply take a small amount of snus (about the size of a pea) and place it under your upper lip, on the inside of your cheek. The snus will begin to release nicotine after a while, and you can expect to feel a tingling sensation as the nicotine is absorbed into your system.
What are the benefits of using Snus?
There are several potential benefits associated with using snus. These include:
- Reduced risk of oral health problems: As mentioned above, because snus is not placed in the mouth, there is no risk of contact with the teeth, which can help to reduce the risk of cavities and other oral health problems.
- Reduced risk of lung issues: Unlike cigarettes, which release harmful toxins into the lungs when smoked, snus is absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth, making it much less harmful to the respiratory system. This makes it a potentially safer alternative for those who are concerned about the risk of lung cancer.
- Discreet and easy to use: Snus is easy to use and can be discreetly consumed, making it a good choice for those who want to avoid the hassle of smoking cigarettes.
- No need to spit: Because snus does not require spitting or smoking, it is much less likely to lead to stains on the teeth. This can be a major advantage for those who find spitting tobacco products to be unpleasant.
Where can you buy Snuss/Snuz/Snud?
If you're interested in trying snus, we suggest you try nicotine pouches. Since snus (with tobacco leaves) cannot be sold in the UK, nicotine pouches are your best bet.
For instance, brands like Vont offer a safer type of snus known as nicotine pouches. These products look and deliver the same effect as snus minus the tobacco.