Adam Skelland - A British Perspective on Snus

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:46

Smokeless Alternatives in the EU - Oliver Twist

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Hola friends!  I know it has been a while since I graced these pages with an article, but there have been things going on. I am not going to go into it here, as it is not the time or the place, but rest assured, I am back with more hard hitting articles, and the usual childish humour I hope you have all come to enjoy.

I have been thinking about a lot of stuff lately, one of the things I thought about after one particularly hideous nightmare was, "what if I couldn't get snus? Ever!". After waking in a cold sweat, I came downstairs and went through my usual insomnia ritual, I took a pinch of snuff, made a herbal tea (don't judge me) and then took another toot of snuff.

Say NO to the EU Snus Ban!You may have recently seen in the news and on that the EU is suing Denmark for continuing to sell snus. Denmark sells snus? Isn't snus banned throughout the EU with the exception of Sweden? Well, yes and no; yes in that it is banned, but Denmark has continued to sell loose snus.

How has this happened I hear you cry? Well loose snus was legal in Denmark despite the TPD banning oral tobacco that wasn't chewed, only portion snus was banned (I can't actually work that one out and I haven't found anything online saying why).

Denmark decided to enact legislation banning the sale of loose snus by March 2013 following a threat from the EU in October 2012 to haul them before the courts for continuing to allow the sale of snus. Denmark put the proposal before its parliament and they voted to not ban snus.  The simply were not going to be bullied by the EU so loose snus sales continued....

Sunday, 09 March 2014 00:53

Mr. Barrosa, tear down this Snus Ban!

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Guten tag snusers,

Sharing snus at the Brandenburg GateI have just come back from a rather excellent trip to Berlin, the capital of Germany.  I go at least once a year as it is, quite simply, one of my favorite cities in the world.

It has always been one of my favorite places to visit.  History and culture aside, there is a vibe about Berlin that I have only felt in a very few cities in the world.

Berlin holds a special significance for me, I am of the generation that learnt about East and West Germany in school, a divided Germany, and then witnessed unification. I can still remember 9th November 1989 and watching the Berlin wall fall on TV.

I have been to Berlin whilst the wall was up and after it fell. The wall has always held a massive fascination for me; seeing two very different worlds, side by side, separated by a wall (and the death strips) was just mind blowing.

The graffiti on the wall always intrigued me.  It told so many stories, had so many messages for the oppressed people of the east, it always left a lasting impression on me.

I have made it a personal mission of mine to visit Berlin at least once a year for every year that I am on this earth. Every time I always manage to experience something new and every time it looks different...

Happy New Year snusers,

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and that 2014 brings you everything you desire! As I am now starting to come out of a 2 week alcohol haze that would embarrass even Moe, I thought it time to do something else with my time other than drink.

Fans of General Snus will no doubt have heard about the new General Variation snus being released very soon.  Larry has written an excellent article with all the info you need to know.
I, for one, am excited about it but due to the snus ban remaining in effect following the TPD revisions (nothing set in stone just yet from what I know), the Swedish government not standing up and demanding the EU snus ban be lifted and instead simply accepting no ban on flavours (a very, well if it doesn't affect us then I don't care attitude), I won't be trying it anytime soon.  A long weekend in Sweden is called for.

Hola chicos,

In September me and my long suffering other half took a well earned holiday to Spain, our destination, the wonderful city of Barcelona! I strongly suggest that you visit Catelonia's capital city.  There is a great vibe to this city and we enjoyed it so much, we are going back again this year.

We decided to take in some late summer sun in Barcelona.  We got a great deal on hotels and flights in November 2012; also my other half has never been to Spain, ever!

This is a person who regularly traveled the world with work and has lived and worked in Germany before, yet never visited Spain! I on the other hand, have had the pleasure of visiting Spain on a number of occasions, including Barcelona, so for once I was acting as tour guide.

In a nutshell we had a great time, I even managed to come back a slightly darker shade of pasty white!

We had long lunches, and even longer dinners late into the evening in typical Spanish style, i.e. lots of beer and finishing at around 1am, plenty of cafe solo and cafe con letche.

One thing that hasn’t changed in my many visits is the very normal way in which people in the Mediterranean sit in a cafe or bar and smoke like chimneys! When I smoked, I was one of them.

Bonjour snusers,

June was a very special week for me, I managed to tick off an entry on my bucket list, I saw Megadeth live in an intimate setting and not at a festival or arena, I was so close to Dave Mustaine his sweat landed on me!

Megadeth Live and Swedish Snus

I have seen Megadeth live plenty of times, but it has always been at a festival or on an arena tour  That connection that you feel with a live band when it is up close and personal is somewhat lost. Not so at the Manchester Academy on 5th June 2013, Megadeth tore the place up!

Keep Calm and Don't Blink.  You can snus if you've got any passed the EU bastards.Hello, right, now the pleasantries are over. I want to introduce myself. I’m Adam, 33 and from the UK, and I’m a snuser, a British one none the less. Now I know we may be about as hard to find as Lucky Strike snus in the US but we do exist.


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