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Which Snus Should I Buy?

by Victoria Baker

Snus – pronounced “snoose,” like “loose” is a moist, smokeless powdered tobacco. It is sold as a loose powder or pre-packaged in a small sachet (a bit like a mini tea bag). It contains ground tobacco, salt and may contain food-grade smoke aroma flavorings, such as citrus, bergamot, juniper, herb, or floral flavors.  Snuff is fermented during the curing process. Snus, on the other hand, is steam pasteurized to eliminate impurities and keep it fresh.

Most Scandinavian snus is produced in Sweden where it is regulated as a food under the Swedish Food Act. The nicotine content varies among brands. Consumers in both Sweden and Norway are choosing to use snus rather than to smoke. There has been a major increase in the use of snus and a concomitant decline in the smoking of tobacco.

“Compared to cigarette smoking, the use of snus is probably less harmful,” says Michael Steinberg, MD, MPH, director of the tobacco dependence program at Rutgers University. “But there’s a big difference between ‘less harmful’ and safe.” Snus supporters suggest that promoting snus as a way to quit smoking would be a benefit to the public.


Snus Pouches – A snus is a little pouch filled with tobacco leaves that you put between your lips and gums to receive a kick of nicotine. People often choose snus because they are smokeless, spit-free, and discreet.

Nicotine Pouches – Like snus, nicotine pouches are small, oral portion bags that fit comfortably under your lip to deliver nicotine through the gums. The convenient, smokeless pouches are also spit-free and discreet. Unlike snus, however, nicotine pouches contain zero tobacco.

While loose snus has undergone few changes over the past 200 years, there are many different forms of portion snus. These differ in size and shape. The names of the different varieties reflect their size. The large portion is the original – the most common portion snus and largest in size. The Slim portion is as long as the Large, but a bit slimmer for an optimized fit under the lip. Super Slim is our latest addition, with an even slimmer and more discreet pouch than our Slim portion. The Mini Portion is our smallest variety, designed for users who want a small, discreet pouch that cannot be seen under the lip.

When trying out new snus products, a consumer needs to know the levels or strengths of the pouches. There are different levels, from 1 to 5, and there are different strengths, from normal to extra strong. Snus Comparison‘s website will help you discover all these products on all these different levels.

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