If 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.
One of the biggest mysteries for not only myself as a Swedish Snus user, but as someone skilled in marketing, new product launches, and creating new marketing verticles, regarding the "new, overly sweet" taste of the new American Manufactured snus's is simply WHY?
The development, introduction and marketing of an extremely discreet, spit-less alternative to cigarettes makes perfect sense. The outright banning of cigarettes in America is now only a question of 'when', not if. US Tobacco sensibly wants to stay in business and the US State and Federal Government's budgets would collapse without a replacement for the obscene user tax's placed on 46+ million American Cigarette Smokers.
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.
American Snus:: This section I'm going start with American Snus. Why? It's quick, simply and will highlight the significant philosophical difference between American snus manufacturers/tobacco companies and Swedish snus manufacturers. American snus only appeared in 2006. American Tobacco Companies have modeled their snus offerings on they way they marketed Cigarettes: Philip Morris USA's first snus offering, Taboka, came in regular and menthol. Taboka was test-marketed in Indianapolis and failed.
Today Marlboro snus is offered in Rich, Mild, Spice and Mint. Camel SNUS is offered in Original, Spice, and Frost...new flavors announced for 2009. Skoal Snus, the latest as of this writing, is mixing it up a little, but with only three offerings: Citrus Blend, Mint, and Cinnamon. Triumph, marketed and flavor-designed by Lorillard but made for them in Sweden offers Original and Mint.
All American Snus's to date come in some kind of dry pouch, period. They only offer one weight in a pouch, period. Since all the American Snus manufacturers are still test marketing and none are available nationally (Klondike says they are national, but most people can't find them. Camel SNUS is scheduled to nationally marketed 1st Quarter, 2009) there are others out there, and they seem to be following the same model.
Swedish Snus: With it's over 200 year history, hundreds of family snus recipes, some long gone, some still here, and new ones being created all the time, both flavor variety and consumer convenience of use has had centuries to mature and variety is a important component of Swedish Snus.
For the sake of convenience, I'm going to use the current inventory of SnusCENTRAL.com, our store for Members and others to Buy Snus as an example. (What? Throwing in a Free Advertisement? Of course not....well maybe.)
When you Buy Snus from SnusCENTRAL.com, you will find over 109 unique flavors and varieties of Swedish Snus; growing all the time, from a host of manufacturers! Not just the 3 or 4 generic categories American Snus Manufacturers seem to think is all Americans need....or deserve.
Swedish Snus comes in not one form like American snus, but three primary forms: Loose, Portion, and White Portion. American Manufacturers (and I'm purposely not talking about the Swedish-Style American Manufacturers: they get their own FAQ) do not offer Loose Snus...just your choice of a few cans with different flavored pouches.
Loose snus is just that: snus in a can. The user, either by hand or with a tool, forms what's commonly called a pinch to the size of their liking and places it between the lip and gum. Many say there is a taste difference between Loose Snus and Snus that comes in pouches, which we're going to referring to as Portions when talking about Swedish Snus.
As to pouches, Swedish Snus is available in two types: the Original Portion pouch which is very similar in construction to a tea bag and the newer White Portion pouch.
QUESTION: Why do American snus manufacturers call the packets they put their snus product in "pouches" and the Swedish call them "portions"?
ANSWER: With American Manufacturers, you only get one choice on the amount of product that is in their pouch. The Swedish give you three portion sizes to choose from based on your personal preference: Mini, Regular, and Maxi. These names refer to the weight in grams of each pouch.
That's important to remember because Camel SNUS, by weight, would be considered a Mini. Yet by the way the constructed the pouch, it actually felt larger than a Swedish Regular Portion, to the point it where it was uncomfortable....at first; then the nicotine and sugar center of my brain over-rode that too.
In fact, with the exception of Triumph which is made for Lorillard in Sweden, all the American Manufactured snus pouches I've seen would be consider Mini Portions at best. Remember that when you read the FAQ on who gives you the most for your money, Swedish Snus or American Snus. Very, very important.
So when it comes to variety, both in flavors, brands, choice of how and how much snus to use, Swedish Snus gives you the widest possible selection for YOUR convenience. They don't try and force you into an A, B, or C choice of flavor and leave it at that.
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From the USA to the EU and beyond, strategies and legislation are in play which will DRAMATICALLY change YOUR RIGHT to use discreet, extremely "reduced harm", containing no nicotine up to high nicotine Swedish Snus. (all regulated for over 30 years as a Food Product under Swedish Law). The Anti-All-Tobacco Zealots are not stopping with cigarettes. They're going after ALL Tobacco products (except cigars). They don't care if you like the taste of tobacco. They don't care that you're nicotine addicted (nicotine is more addictive than heroin, you know). They don't care that Big American Tobacco not only manipulates nicotine levels to keep you addicted to cigarettes and "American Snus", but.....sugar!They don't care that DOCTORS are using Swedish Snus as a Smoking Cessation tool! No, they hate everyone who uses ANY tobacco product (except cigars) even when, in the case of Swedish/TRUE Swedish Style Snus, it has no effect on them whatsoever and, again, is 98% safer than cigarettes for current smokers!You'd know that if you were a Member of SnusCENTRAL.org. You'd know in detail the Why's, the How's, and the Motivations of all parties involved. You wouldn't wake up one morning and suddenly discover not only cigarettes, but SWEDISH SNUS was Banned in the USA like other uninformed, or misinformed (often deliberately) tobacco users.If you're wondering why I keep saying (except cigars), there's a very good reason and SnusCENTRAL Members know what it is. So join the Snus Family at SnusCENTRAL.org. If you really love snus or just want to learn more about it, this is the place to be.For and From your Friends at SnusCENTRAL.org,
LARRY WATERSAmerica's Leading Activist Snus Lord andSwedish Snus Ambassador to the United StatesShining the Light of Truth from SnusCENTRAL.org
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