SnusCENTRAL.org is fortunate to have a number of talented writers among our Members. Also deserving to be heard are a number of distinguished authors, scientists, and leaders on the front line fighting for our right to enjoy safer alternatives to cigarettes which deliver nicotine and great taste. Other breaking or notewothy industry news is included here as well.
The release of the Göteborgs Rapé White Stark Portion Snus Limited Edition is significant in three ways. However the flavor is not one of these.
Goteborgs Rapé White Stark (Strong) portion snus is just what it is named; a higher nicotine version of the classic Goteborgs Rapé White. The taste is the same mellow tobacco flavor with notes of juniper, citrus and lavender.
It basically is a limited edition Rapé (150,000 cans)........ Read MORE...
Reporting from a pub somewhere in Sweden, Snus Legend Moe Unz writes about the arrival of the new XRANGE General Salmiak Slim Portion Snus and XRANGE Grov Slim Portion Snus.
Here the story of XRANGE snus and the first 2016 additions to the brand; XRANGE General Salmiak Slim Portion Snus and XRANGE Grov Slim Portion Snus.
He also answers important questions such as what is the flavor difference between licorice and salmiak and can he drink Peter Hagberg from Swedish Match under the table...we all know the answer to the second question.
Click Here to READ MOE'S BLOG POST on XRANGE...
By the time this post is published, I, Moe Unz will be quite full of food, drink and snus. Especially drink. That is why I wrote this 2 days ago during a brief period of sobriety. Hopefully it will turn itself on 1 January 2016 (GMT) so you may read it.
The first quarter of 2016 will be an exciting one for snus lovers around the world (where legal).
It is time for Karolinska, the Public Health Agency and the National Board of Health to do the right thing and explain how there are near zero snus-related negative health issues actually in Sweden. Inform and leave the adults free to make their own health decisions....
Sweden has a unique responsibility to the world to rectify a 40-year old mistakes and potentially save hundreds of millions of lives. It is neither the tobacco itself, or nicotine that kills. It is the fire gases from tobacco smoking, or poor tobacco mixed with other dangerous carcinogens, which kills and destroys health.
When the Unz Family Snus Dynasty launched the new and improved SnusCentral.com Snus Shop website a few months ago, they made the questionable choice of giving Moe Unz his own blog.
Swedish snus legend Moe Unz penned this piece for his blog, Moe Unz: The Blog! He did so prior to New Years Eve since he knew he would be stinking drunk by the time this article published.
You can read Moe's peek into Swedish snus 2015 and other 2015 snus news. It is suprisingly coherent, at least for him.....
Click here to READ New Snus, New Snus Sales, and New Snus Taxes in 2015.
Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates:
The deadline for FDA comments on Section 918 of the FSPTCA is midnight tonight (I think eastern time). If you haven't already done so, please submit comments to
Suggested NRT, e-cigarette and smokeless tobacco policy recommendations to encourage FDA to implement:
- Keep e-cigarettes and ALL other smokefree tobacco/nicotine products legally accessible and affordable for smokers,
- Approve NRT products for long term and temporary use as a harm reduction substitutes for cigarettes,
- Disapprove FDA approval of NRT for "treating tobacco dependence" because NRT products have >95% failure rate for treating nicotine dependence and for smoking cessation,
- Approve RJ Reynolds' citizen's petition to change the 27 year old deceptive mandatory warning on smokeless tobacco products from "This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes" to "No tobacco product is safe, but this product presents substantially lower risks to health than cigarettes."
Suggested scientific and educational measures to encourage FDA to adopt and implement:
- Acknowledge that long term use of nicotine poses negligible if any disease risks,
- Acknowledge that all smokefree tobacco/nicotine products (including NRT, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes) are far less hazardous alternatives to cigarettes,
- Acknowledge the mountain of evidence that millions of cigarette smokers have quit smoking and/or sharply reduced cigarette consumption by switching to e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products and/or NRT, and
- Correct/clarify all false, misleading and fear mongering propaganda about the health risks of smokeless tobacco products and e-cigarettes at all of the following FDA and DHHS websites:
Executive DirectorSmokefree Pennsylvania1926 Monongahela AvenuePittsburgh, PA 15218412-351-5880
FDA Public Hearing December 17, 2012: FDA Actions Related to Nicotine Replacement Therapies and Smoking-Cessation Products; Report to Congress on Innovative Products and Treatments for Tobacco Dependence
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/NewsEvents/ucm324938.htm (archived webcasts available)
DA 12/17/12 Hearing: 1 of 4 webcast (FDA's Grail Sipes 0:00-0:08, Gregory Conley 0:08-0:15, Lorie McClung 0:15-0:23, Carl Phillips 0:23-0:39, Linc Williams 0:40-1:00, CASAA's Elaine Keller 1:00-1:14, SRNT's Jonathan Foulds 1:14-1:47)
FDA 12/17/12 Hearing: 2 of 4 webcase (ATTUD's Michael Steinberg 0.00-0.10, CTFK's Danny McGoldrick 0.11-0.17, ACS' Angela Jones 0.18-0.24, Legacy's David Abrams 0.24-1.10, Smokefree Pennsylvania's Bill Godshall 1:11-1:28, TCLC's Kathleen Dachille 1:28-1:37)
FDA 12/17/12 Hearing: 3 of 4 webcast (ACSH's Gil Ross 0:00-0:11, Scott Ballin 0:12-0:22, Altria's James Dillard 0:22-0:37, Johnson & Johnson's James Walmsley 0:38-1:09, GlaxoSmithKline's Howard Marsh 1:09-1:38, What A Smoke's Mark Anton 1:38-1:47)
FDA 12/17/12 Hearing: 4 of 4 webcast (Blue Mist Vaping's Robert Jack 0:00-0:08, American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association's Lou Ritter 0:08-0:32, Legacy's David Abrams 0:33-0:36)
FDA Hearing December 17 - FDA Panel
Grail Sipes (Senior Regulatory Counsel, Office of Regulatory Policy, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research)
Sandra Queer (Deputy Director, Office of New Drugs, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research)
Chistine Wing (Acting Deputy Director, Office of Drug Evaluation, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research)
Bob Rappaport (Director, Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Addiction Products, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research)
Lucillia Winchel (Medical Team Leader for Addiction Products, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research)
Andrea Leonard Siegel (Director of Nonprescription Clincial Evaluation, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research)
Corrine Huston (Senior Medical Advisor, FDA Center for Tobacco Products)
Eric Lindblom (Director of Policy, FDA Center for Tobacco Products)
June 4th, 2012 is the deadline to submit comments on FDA's Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) Application Draft Guidance in which the FDA refused (after being repeatedly urged) to acknowledge that smokeless (or noncombustible) tobacco products are far less hazardous alternatives to cigarettes.
Under the FDA's Draft Guidance for MRTP Applications, it would cost any smokeless tobacco manufacturer (and any e-cigarette manufacturer if the agency "deems" them regulated by Chapter IX, as the agency has repeatedly stated its intent to do) at least $10 million conducting unnecessary research before applying to the FDA to truthfully claim that any of its smokefree tobacco products is less hazardous than cigarettes. Unless the FDA significantly changes its Draft Guidance on MRTP Applications, only several large tobacco companies could even afford to conduct this unnecessary research, and even that would be a very risky investment since the FDA continues to falsely claim "To date, no tobacco products have been scientifically proven to reduce risk of tobacco-related disease, improve safety or cause less harm than other tobacco products,"at the agency's ironically titled "Health Fraud" website on Section 911 and MRTP.
The new Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee report on Modified Risk Tobacco Products is terrible for public health because it urges the FDA to protect deadly cigarettes from market competition by far less hazardous smokefree alternatives.
The IOM committee is basically urging the FDA to impose a several hundred million dollar tax on any tobacco company before it could truthfully inform smokers that a smokeless tobacco product is less hazardous than cigarettes.
While the report correctly points out that NRT products pose virtually no health risks, it ignores a half century a evidence documenting that smokeless tobacco products in Sweden and the US have very similar health risks/benefit profiles as NRT products.
The IOM committee report also ignores the undeniable evidence that several million smokers in the US and Sweden have already switched to smokeless tobacco products, and have significantly reduced their disease risks by doing so.
As I always say after I am cut off at the local pub, "I shall return!" and I have. This is me, Moe Unz, back in my rightful place as Snus eStore Manager of SnusCentral.com.
As you certainly remember, back on 27 September the SnusCIA reported the sudden death of SnusCentral.com Chairman of the Board Grandma Unz, a revolt by the Board of Directors, and my wrongfully being fired. Their report listed me as lying on a hospital floor in critical condition from alcohol poisoning and not expected to survive.
The SnusCIA may be very clever, but they did not understand the strength of my genetically superior liver. I woke up about 14 hours later and left for the SnusCentral Snus Store. After a quick stop for some beer, I arrived to discover Grandma's Will had been discovered and I now owned 49% of SnusCentral.com!
After beating the traitorous Board Members with my broom, we came to an agreement on going on into the future.
I would be reinstated as Manager of the SnusCentral Snus eStore but with one big change. Since it was exposed I was helpless in using a calculator and had no accounting sense, I am not allowed to set the pricing anymore. That doesn't mean I can't beat the CFO with my broom to keep the prices as low as possible while still staying in business. I enjoy doing that and will keep fighting to deliver you lower prices than anyone else.
Annika and her Customer Service Team are still hard at work giving you the best customer service in the snus business. I personally test a can of each snus as it arrives to make sure it is the freshest it can be. That is a hard job but someone has to do it.
Grandma Unz is still dead and will probably remain so. Her death is still considered suspicious by the Lidköping Police and continues under investigation.
The most important thing is that I, Moe Unz, am back running SnusCentral.com. I am sure you find this as exciting as I do.
Our friends at Swedish Match have been very busy while I was gone.
Lab Series 06 Extra Strong Portion Snus, their first Ultra Strong snus having 20mg/gr of nicotine was released, then unreleased, and now is being re-released on 24 October. We should have it back in stock very shortly afterwards. Larry really liked the first version of 06 and is bothering me with emails about when I will ship him Lab Series 06.5. Larry can be a pain in my buttocks sometimes.
He is also bothering me about the 7 November release of Kardus Carnival Blend 2011. Thanks to Norway being allocated 200 of the 600 boxes of Kardus 2011 produced this year, SnusCentral.com is only being allocated 30 boxes. I am meeting with Markus Ersmark of Swedish Match later this week. My broom and I will attempt to convince him to increase our allocation.
This year's Kardus is reported to be amazingly wonderful. If you do not wish to be left coughing on diesel fumes as the snus bus drives away, I would strongly recommend pre-ordering your Kardus Carnival from us as soon as possible. Unless Markus has made special arrangements for me and Larry, we only have 28 boxes of Kardus which can be sold. I did beat our CFO with my broom for the best possible price we could offer Kardus 2011 at.
The Team from the SnusCentral Snus eStore plus Larry and his wife visited Denmark 7 weeks ago to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of V2 Tobacco, makers of the snus brands Thunder, Off Road, Phantom and some others you enjoy but are made for other companies.
The SnusCIA is forbidding me from discussing anything else which happened at the V2 5th Anniversary Celebration. As the saying goes, what happens in Silkeborg stays in Silkeborg.
Congratulations to V2 and to me, Moe Unz. Enjoy your snus!
MOE UNZSnus Legend and ManagerThe Snus Shop at SnusCentral.com
Please urge the FDA to approve Modified Risk Tobacco Product applications (per Section 911 of the FSPTCA) for smokefree tobacco products to truthfully inform smokers that they are far less hazardous alternatives to cigarettes. Public comment deadline is tomorrow, Friday, Sept 23.
To submit a comment, please see http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm259201.htm then go to
Yesterday, Stan Glantz submitted a comment urging FDA to reject MRTP applications (including for smokeless tobacco products to truthfully claim they are less hazardous than cigarettes) because of misleading claims made by cigarette companies several decades ago (about the health risks of low tar/light cigarettes even though NCI, ACS and other health agencies and groups had made similarly misleading claims about low tar and light cigarettes).
To prevent smokers from reducing cigarette consumption and health risks and from being truthfully informed that smokeless tobacco products are far less hazardous than cigarettes, Glantz also urged the FDA to reject any MRTP application for a smokeless product if that product shares the same brand name as a cigarette (e.g. Camel, Marlboro).
Once again, our friends over at Icetool have heeded our call and come out with yet another awesome snus product!I present to you the Icetool Lid Box for Portion Snus Can. Like the newly released Icetool Slim Box for Portion Snus Can, the Icetool Lid Box Series is made from a single piece of aluminum for maximum strength and durability.
The difference between the Icetool Lid Box and Slim Box series is a catch lid; the Icetool Slim Box series doesn't have one but is also slightly thinner than the Icetool Lid Box series.First off, The fit and finish of this can is impeccable! From top to bottom it is just sleek and stylish. This is something that I have grown to expect from Icetool over the years, and once again, I was not disappointed.
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