Answers to Your Snus Questions

The calls for banning flavored nicotine-containing products has been primarily a long and vocal one when it comes to vapor and e-cigarettes.  Poking out of the eSmoke debate is a new threat that hits my community much closer to home:  a ban on flavored mint and wintergreen snus and smokeless tobacco.

San Francisco, Oakland, St. Paul, and Canton have proposed regulations to effectively slash the availability of all smokeless tobacco products and ban outright wintergreen and mint flavored dip and snus.  Since US sales of these flavors make up 60% of the total US market, this will be a huge blow to national Adult Tobacco Harm Reduction (ATHR) efforts to switch current cigarette smokers to safer nicotine alternatives.

"Medically approved" products like Big Pharma's nicotine gum are of course excluded in these new regulations.  New nicotine pouches and dissolvables which contain no tobacco like Swedish Match's new ZYN product have no such luck and fall under the proposed bans as well.

Published in Larry Waters Reports!
Monday, 27 October 2008 15:25

TASTE: Swedish Snus Versus American Snus

Taste

My favorite analogy to that questions is "What is the difference between a (no offense) cheap White Owl cigar and a fine Cuban cigar?"  If all you've ever smoked are White Owl cigars, they may taste OK to you as you've had nothing to compare it against.  Once you try a Cuban cigar, you suddenly realize what you have been missing:  TASTE.  I like McDonald's hamburgers but they can in no way begin to compare to the taste of Fillet Mignon.

I smoked Camel cigarettes for over 30 years and thought they tasted great.  But the few times I managed to quit smoking, after a time the odor began to even bother me.

I smoked fine, expensive and (when out of the USA) Cuban cigars during one of these periods.  When I went back to cigarettes, I realized just how terrible cigarettes tasted...at least the first one or two.  By the end of the week I was back up to a pack and half a day and they tasted fine.

For a taste-test article, I revisited American Snus's for the first time since I discovered Swedish Snus.  Without exception, they were all overly sweet, little to no tobacco flavor, and I was doing more of them than I did Swedish Snus to keep my nicotine up.  Some were so bad I ended up spitting out the first pouch or two as they made me sick.  The frightening thing, though,  was that after a while, some became "acceptable".

How could that be? I spit out the first portion in disgust but by the 6th portion, the same snus was now "acceptable"?  Not in the league of Swedish Snus, but "acceptable"?

Why was "American Flavor" invented? Who made that decision and WHY would all the other American snus-making cigarette companies follow like lemmings? Why would American Tobacco risk changing the flavor of a product with an over 200 year track record of success?

Philip Morris International makes a snus in Sweden called 1847 which they only market overseas.  It's one of my favorites.  They KNOW how to make REAL SWEDISH SNUS.  So why is Marlboro Snus so different?

In the first and still most popular article on snus I ever wrote,  Camel and Marlboro, when it comes to Snus, you LOSE!, I went from cigarettes to Camel SNUS to Swedish Snus in the same day.  Many early readers of that article and those that followed were amazed at how much better Swedish Snus tasted than American.

But lately, there's been a shift of tone.  People who have used American snus for a year or more now are either having a harder time making the transition to Swedish.  It gets back to that sweet taste, weak flavor, sugar....and low nicotine.  After some more research, I discovered the following:

There is a separate FAQ on nicotine you can read, but all that's important here is nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on the planet:  more addicting than heroin, powder cocaine or crack.  By manipulating nicotine levels lower, you can force cigarette smokers to smoke more.  By keeping nicotine low in American Snus (Triumph already exposed), it either becomes impossible to switch completely to American Snus or.....quit tobacco altogether!!

But that's only part of it:

American Cigarettes contain between roughly 8% to 18% sugar.  Thus each cigarette gives the smoker a "sugar high" as well.  This could very well explain why many smokers have a reduced appetite and if try to quit smoking, gain weight.  This, combined with nicotine addiction, make it so incredibly difficult, if not impossible, for many people to quit.  That's why there are still over 46 million American cigarette smokers in a country where the majority hate cigarettes.

Swedish Snus uses no to little sugar in their products aside from the natural fruit-flavored snus's:  no where even close to cigarettes....and it's now apparent why  American Snus is so sweet too.  Since I'm also diabetic, it explains changes in my blood sugar readings during the periods I stopped smoking as well....and more importantly, when using only American Snus for a week to write a review, my blood glucose levels fluctuated.  Some research group should look into that.

So there Really IS a TASTE controversy between Swedish and American Snus. People accustom to the natural flavorings of Swedish Snus find American Snus "Sickly-Sweet", or "Candy-Like".  Some Americans who started with and have used an American Snus for any significant amount of time find Swedish Snus "not sweet enough" at first.

HOW MUCH SUGAR is in "American Snus"?  We don't know. The FDA does not require that information to be released OR the amount of nicotine.  But NOW we know WHY American "snus" is so much sweeter than REAL Swedish snus!  To keep users hooked on their product.

But as you'll come to see in other FAQ's and in the articles, reviews and studies contained or accessible through SnusCENTRAL.org, the differences between Quality, Reduced Harm, Nicotine Levels, Ingredients, Selection and ESPECIALLY important in these economic times; Value for your Money:  Price versus What and How Much comes in each can; Swedish Snus is the only sensible choice for a snus user. Don't let your nicotine and sugar-addicted brain over-ride your common sense.

Because as you will see, there is a clear HEALTH difference between most American and Swedish Snus's.  Learn before you decide.  If you choose American snus, at least you'll be an informed consumer. (unlike when it was revealed there was practically no difference in tar between Regular and Light cigarettes) And in America, we still do have personal choice....mostly.

One last word on taste:  be it tobacco, vegetables, wine, soft drinks, beer, food, or anything else we consume, taste is in the mouth of the taster.  While nicotine complicates that with tobacco products, there are going to be some Swedish Snus's you love, some you think are OK, and some you plain don't like the taste of.  Those of you who have only used American snus have your favorites, just like the White Owl cigar smoker may not like Blunts.

That's fine and normal considering the vast selection and offerings of superior quality Swedish Snus (well over a hundred), but just so long as you are comparing different Swedish Snus's, you're brain to nicotine influence is on an equal playing field.  Don't compare White Owl cigars to Cuban cigars.

And half the fun of using Swedish Snus is discovering new flavors and brands you do like because, unlike cigarettes, you're in a whole new world of taste:  quality taste.  Experiment, don't be afraid to switch brands, tastes, or flavors to suit your mood.  I personally have at least five different cans/brands of Swedish snus open at the same time depending on my taste desire at the moment.  It's wonderful.

So if you've never used American Snus or just started, you'll find the Swedish Snus's absolutely amazing.  If you've been using an American Snus for any length of time, you may find some of the Swedish snus's  too "strong" (strong meaning that's what snus is supposed to taste like, not watered down like American Snus).

You may want to start with Swedish flavored Mini-Portions; then move up to some of the milder or flavored Normal Portion Swedish Snus's like OffRoad or (just the) General Sterk,  Camel Frost fans will be amazed to how General Mini Mint blows Frost out of the water.  Swedish Match specifically designed Mini Mint to show the difference between real quality mint snus and Camel Frost.

Talk to other SnusCENTRAL.org Members on the Forum, ask for and read their opinions.  Ask questions of the Manufacturers here too.

Read (and write) Member Snus Reviews, there are my reviews, That Snus Guy's reviews and more.  Don't be afraid to try new brands and flavors!  Never forget, taste IS in the mouth of the taster.  If you like it, than it's a good snus for you.  If other people don't like it, who cares?

Everyone has different tastes and yours are the only ones that matter to YOU.  The selection (as well as price and service) of Swedish Snus at the SnusCENTRAL.com Snus Store makes it an easy great place to buy snus too!  When we say Anything and Everything Snus, membership does have it privileges at SnusCENTRAL.org! Welcome to the wonderful world of Swedish Snus!

 

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