What is snuff? – CStore Decisions

Snuff, a variety of smokeless tobacco, remains a popular product in convenience stores and smokehouses.

Wet smokeless tobacco in a canSnuff is a variety of smokeless tobacco made from finely ground or shredded tobacco leaves. It is available in a variety of flavors and scents – essence of roses, lavender, cloves and jasmine, for example – and can be wet or dry. It is made by grinding tobacco and subjecting it to repeated fermentations.

Many confuse snuff with snus, a newer smokeless tobacco product originating in Sweden.

Users place moist snuff in their mouth, most often between the cheek and the gum or behind the upper or lower lip. Dry snuff, on the other hand, is inhaled through the nose. There are also lesser-known “creamy” snuff products made with tobacco, clove oil, glycerin, spearmint, menthol, and camphor, and packaged in toothpaste-like tubes.

The use of snuff is also called “dipping”. The dip sits on the inner lining of the mouth for a time that varies by user, usually between 20 and 40 minutes. Nicotine and other alkaloids found in tobacco are absorbed into the saliva below the lip through the lower or upper labial arteries. Buccal and sublingual absorption may also occur.

The three main brands of snuff in the United States are Copenhagen, Skoal fine cut and Kodiak. Together, they would represent more than 90% of the market. Besides convenience stores, snuff is sold primarily in specialty tobacco stores and online.

According to Oral Health America’s National Spit Tobacco Education Program (NSTEP), the nicotine content of a box of dip or snuff is approximately 144 milligrams, which is equivalent to about 80 cigarettes or four packs.

Snuff has a long history. It is said to have originated in South America and was seen used by the native tribes of Brazil by a Franciscan monk during Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the New World in 1493. As a result, he returned in Europe where his popularity skyrocketed among the aristocracy. When snuff was first introduced to Europe by Jean Nicot, the French ambassador in Lisbon, it was said to be effective in the treatment of headaches and head colds.

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