Answers to Your Snus Questions

Fellini Mini SnusAs I read my husband’s latest article I figured I should put in my own two cents about my recent trip and the Fellinni White Mini Portions.

Hi, I’m Catherine DeMarsh-Hellwig; also known as Mrs .Mick. Now that Mick is a big time famous columnist he spends most of his time on our computer, reading, researching, writing, and playing Civi Balls.  Trying to wrestle the computer away is not an easy task to do, so I had to get sneaky. After he went to bed I searched around the computer desk and found his password list hidden in an empty can of Ettan lös in the back of a drawer. So I thought it would be a great idea to add a guest article to his column. See how long it takes him to notice. No telling him: that would be cheating.

Recently I was forced to take a 4 hour trip on a Greyhound Bus to visit family in a neighboring state for my Uncle’s Memorial and of course one cannot smoke in the station or on the bus. As this was my first time riding a bus anywhere I was a little nervous about my trip. Luckily, before boarding I did make a couple of new friends who also were smokers. (And if by chance they are reading this… thanks for your company and letting me rattle to you on the way to my stop. I hope you made it home safe!)

Fellini Mini SnusAs I read my husband’s latest article I figured I should put in my own two cents about my recent trip and the Fellinni White Mini Portions.

Hi, I’m Mrs .Mick. Now that Mick is a big time famous columnist he spends most of his time on our computer, reading, researching, writing, and playing Civi Balls.  Trying to wrestle the computer away is not an easy task to do, so I had to get sneaky. After he went to bed I searched around the computer desk and found his password list hidden in an empty can of Ettan lös in the back of a drawer. So I thought it would be a great idea to add a guest article to his column. See how long it takes him to notice. No telling him: that would be cheating.

Editor's Note: This is how it all began.  Catherine DeMarsh-Hellwig a.k.a. Mrs. Mick and a simple hacking/column stealing article.  SnusCENTRAL is not pressing charges; to the contrary!  Mrs. Mick, as you will read, is a fantastic author and brings a point of view previously missing from SnusCENTRAL Columns and from Snus Media in general.

In fact, SnusCENTRAL has a number of women who are very talented writers as you can tell from The Forum.  This led to the creation of a new collaborative column:  Smoking in the Ladies Room! We've moved this complete article to Smoking in the Ladies Room!.

..........................................................................................................................................................................

Read MORE From Catherine DeMarsh Hellwig a.k.a Mrs. Mick at "Smoking in the Ladies Room!"

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 01:00

Report from Tobacco Plus Expo 2009!

As a police escort led my armoured limousine down Canal Street towards the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, you could still see the signs of Hurricane Katrina.  Scattered condemned buildings; other homes and buildings still under reconstruction, but it was still New Orleans.  Cracking the heavily tinted, bullet-proof window as we passed a group of restaurants, the mouth-watering aroma of Cajun food filled the limo.  The old cemeteries with their beautiful, yet haunting mausoleums stood as though Katrina had never happened.  It was good to be back.

Today was the opening day of Tobacco Plus Expo 2009; where tobacco and tobacco products manufacturers, distributors, retailers and VIP's like me gathered together, quoting the Show Directory, "Where relationships are established and business is done".

 

Published in Larry Waters Reports!

police-riot-squadIf the below article had appeared in a California newspaper, it wouldn't have surprised me or even really held my interest. Google "crazy, insane, fascist, wacky laws and ordinances" and a picture of California comes up.

But this article was in the Business Section of the Dallas Morning News. Not to say that the City of Dallas is not anti-smoking; far from it. But the tone of the article, especially the quotes, is what really took me aback.

Published in Larry Waters Reports!

NICOTINE LEVELS:

Yes, Virginia, there ARE significant differences in the levels of Nicotine in Swedish Snus and American Snus. It has to do with profit and greed on the part of Big American Tobacco, versus giving consumers what they are asking for by Swedish Snus manufacturers. You can read why in a number of my articles, but THIS ONE boils it down if you're interested....and you should be.

SWEDISH SNUS NICOTINE LEVELS:

Swedish/Scandinavian Snus comes in 5 levels of Nicotine:

  • None: This is Swedish Snus without any Nicotine
  • Low: Usually found only in Mini-Portion sized snus, they generally contain 4-5 mg/g. of Nicotine.
  • Mini Strong: Found only in Mini-Portion sized snus, this new category is designed for Mini-Portion Snus fans who want more nicotine. They generally contain 6 mg/g. of Nicotine.
  • Standard: This is Swedish Snus that contains 8 mg/g. of Nicotine. This is the orally absorbed equivalent to one cigarette but will last longer in your bloodstream than inhaled nicotine.
  • Strong/Stark/Sterk: This is Swedish Snus that generally contains 11 mg/g to 13 mg/g of nicotine.
  • Extra Strong/Extra Stark/Ekstra Sterk: This is Swedish Snus that generally contains between 12 mg/g to 22 mg/g of Nicotine.

Ironically, Swedes prefer the Standard 8 mg. nicotine snus. It was the results of studies and consumer focus groups in Norway and the United States which led to the creation of the Strong and Extra Strong Swedish Snus's.

AMERICAN SNUS NICOTINE LEVELS:

Very little is known about the Nicotine Levels of American Snus as the FDA does not require American Snus manufacturers to disclose it.  As of April 1st, 2008, here is all we do know and none has been independently confirmed:

  • Camel SNUS: R.J. Reynolds has both asserted by email and telephone to me that Camel SNUS contains 8 mg. of nicotine.  Since Camel SNUS only contains 0.6 gram of total weight, we don't know if the 8 mg of nicotine Camel claims is per pouch or per gram.  If per gram, that would put Camel SNUS in the Low Nicotine category.  Either way, since the flavor only lasts, according to Camel, 10 to 30 minutes, you will need to use more of it as Swedish Snus lasts between 45 minutes to over 2 hours.  How much nicotine can be orally absorbed in 10 to 30 minutes is only estimated to be 20%, especially since Camel is a dry snus.
  • Marlboro Snus was originally revealed by researchers to contain at least 20% less nicotine than Swedish Regular Snus. Marlboro's website said 3.5mg per pouch to 3.9mg/pouch.  Recently, the have upgraded that amount claiming approximately 7.75 mg per...pouch or gram, we're not sure.  If by gram, that's just another way of saying 3.5 mg/g to 3.9 mg/g since Marlboro snus pouches only weigh 0.6 grams like the Camel's.
  • Triumph Snus, in an exclusive story by my humble self,  inside sources at the Triumph Snus Manufacturer say that Lorillard had the nicotine reduced to 4-5 mg. once the initial offering of "Free" sample cans were depleted and Lorillard began charging for it.  Ronald Milstein, SVP and General Counsel of Lorillard Tobacco, in a one on one phone interview with me, refused to confirm or deny the allegation.  He stated he would not comment on the nicotine levels of the two Triumph Snus offerings.
  • Some American Snus companies are releasing their nicotine figures such as PMUSA, R.J. Reynolds, and American Smokeless Tobacco.  Others like Nordic American Smokeless, Liggett/Vector, and Skoal do not.

What is emerging is a trend and very different marketing philosophy between America and Scandinavia on the purpose of snus.

American snus manufacturers are concentrating on making 1/2 gram products which are sweet, mild in flavor, low in nicotine, and short lasting which forces the consumer to use many more of their portions than they would of Swedish Snus.  The American marketing drive currently is that snus is for when you can't smoke; not to replace cigarettes.  The sell them as complimentary products since most of American Snus Companies also make cigarettes as well.  The ones that don't are just following along.

Scandinavian Snus; rich in taste, high in nicotine, long lasting; is designed to replace the need for cigarettes.  With pouches of most Scandinavian snuses now lasting over 2 hours as compared to the 10 to 30 minutes American snus manufacturers claim for their products, you will have to use considerably more American Snus to maintain your comfort level and will less likely to be able to give up cigarettes complete.

THE ARTICLE mentioned above gives you a quick, but thorough understanding of American Tobacco's motives.  Also read the FAQ on TASTE. Drug cartels could learn from Big American Tobacco.

Published in Snus FAQs

The anti-tobacco policeIf the below article had appeared in a California newspaper, it wouldn't have surprised me or even really held my interest. Google "crazy, insane, fascist, wacky laws and ordinances" and a picture of California comes up.

But this article was in the Business Section of the Dallas Morning News. Not to say that the City of Dallas is not anti-smoking; far from it. But the tone of the article, especially the quotes, is what really took me aback.

The latest in the "War on Tobacco"; cigarette smokers in particular this time: non-smoking housing, apartments and condos are beginning to take hold: no smoking in your own home & in some cases, even in the common areas or on the property at all.

Published in Larry Waters Reports!

Login

Latest Member Snus Reviews

Skruf Greatness

Matt Campbell , Wednesday, March 23, 2016 I have has so many different Snus During my career of ...

Great snus!

Daniel M. , Sunday, January 24, 2016 Thunder Ultra Cool Mint white dry is a great snus. I bought...

This was a disappointment to me.

Bryon R. , Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Skruf Original Portion Snus is nothing to brag to mom about....

An awesome los snus

Justin S. , Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Röda Lacket Loose Snus is just awesome. In the loose ...

I love the smell of chocolate in the morning

Bryon R. , Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Ettan Original Portion snus absolutely billows a dark ...

It's like Ettan portion’s weird half-brother.

Bryon R. , Tuesday, October 27, 2015 This snus has a good quality tobacco and portion material ...

Smells EXACTLY as one would expect

Bryon R. , Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Probe Whisky loose snus smells of tobacco and whiskey. Its ...

Really good snus!

Chris M. , Saturday, August 22, 2015 General Snus is the only real snus I can buy in American ...

A staple snus for me

Larry Waters , Saturday, August 15, 2015 This XRANGE snus is essentially Göteborgs Rapé Large White...

This is a great snus!

Teri S. , Friday, August 14, 2015 Olde Ving Fudge portion had a very different snus flavor for...

Snus Central Twitter

Follow Larry Waters on Twitter!
You don't have to be a northerner to buy Snus at SnusCENTRAL.com - We ship to all 50 United States ... AND around the world (where legal)! Get snus from SnusCENTRAL !!!

Perfect Facebook Like Box Sidebar