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.
Jakobssson's Fläder Portion Snus is the reborn version of the old Gotlandssnus Fläder (nicknamed "Gotlandssnus Green") revived under the Jakobsson's snus brand by popular demand and for those who never got to try it....
Swedish Match North America (SMNA) is dramatically expanding the availability of ZYN nt tobacco-free nicotine pouch products into the western United States. Three questions come immediately to mind: 1) What the hell is ZYN, 2) If ZYN is tobacco-free but has nicotine, why is Swedish Match making it? and 3) As a Swedish Match snus user, why should I be interested in ZYN nt?
Fortunately, I am now in position to answer those questions and more.....
Snus causes cancer? Here we go again. Yvette Brazier writing for anti-tobacco Medical News Today published yet another biased article with cherry-picked data, gaping information holes, and fuzzy logic attempting to show snus causes cancer.
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.
Like the caffeine in coffee, nicotine is a stimulant and therefore affects the Central Nervous System. Nicotine can also suppress hunger to some degree. Therefore, why not a snus diet? For me nicotine relaxes me. I could be bouncing off the walls but after a good strong snus or two? I calm right down. This dawned on me during my last Mom’s Gone Wild Weekend (MGWW), among a few other things. Such as why at almost one in the morning I was unable to sleep, and thought I would write. Most people who quit smoking often become jittery, irritable, and generally unpleasant to be around due to the lack of, or craving for, nicotine. Many of these people then try to compensate for these jitters with food, often times these cravings are for some type of comfort food; something sweet or salty, with empty calories, and in turn gain weight.The dirty little secret here is that beyond nicotine, cigarettes also contain sugar; as high as 11%. Quitting cigarettes also means losing those spike increases in your blood glucose level and the corresponding increase in alertness and decrease in hunger.For this reason many people who turn to these “comfort foods” tend to gain weight. Or in time go back to smoking, if only for something to do with their hands.
I am sure I am not the only tobacco user who has heard from their doctor, their friends, or family, maybe even a few co-workers, “You should quit smoking.” Or, “Smoking is such a nasty habit.” Or the million and a half dozen other nasty little comments which non-tobacco users say to make you and I feel self conscious of our tobacco use. My personal favorite, “You know you are slowly killing yourself, and with every cigarette you smoke you, you cut X number of minutes off your life and put another nail in your coffin.”
Well I am not sure about what you say to these people, but I tend to answer them generally with a sweet smile and the same, “I smoke to keep the homicide rate down. And when I can’t smoke I will use my Swedish snus. Just realize harassing me about my tobacco use could be hazardous to YOUR health.”
I have written several articles for SnusCentral.org about how our government has become more and more of a ‘Nanny State.’ In general, I've addressed how much tobacco taxes they have charged us, health issues they have blamed on tobacco, such as urination incontinence. How our tobacco tax money, which we are told is to be spent on anti-tobacco advertising, tobacco related health issues, and half a dozen other anti-tobacco issues, is borrowed against and instead, spent on pet projects of the various politicians who claim to be in office protecting all of his or her constituents.
Funny how I as a tobacco user find they are happy to tax the hell out of my “pursuit of happiness,” and in turn, tell me my rights to that happiness is killing me and the children of the world and is slowly being taken away.
Vicki McKenna of WIBA interviewed Bill Godshall of Smokefree Pennsylvania on November 15th 2010. Bill does not hold back in blasting Big Pharma, FDA, tobacco ban advocates, and their fellow travellers for foregoing common sense and embracing personal/political agendas. Hear for yourself Bill Godshall's case against cigarettes but for nicotine and tobacco users.
Bill's argument is brilliant and factual. All smokefree tobacco and cigarette users need to hear this. I also recommend forwarding this recording to your Representatives in Washington and to your State, and Local officials. It might also be instructive to forward this to your Anti-All-Tobacco friends. Just tell them it's "for the children".
A new study (abstract below) found that snus (despite being demonized by anti-tobacco extremists and government health agencies worldwide) has helped far more Norwegian men quit smoking than have NRT products, and that snus has been more effective for smoking cessation than the use of NRT products (despite drug industry funded anti-tobacco groups and government health agencies aggressively urging smokers to use NRT products to quit smoking).
As 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!)
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