The history of snus
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The history of snus

In case you missed my previous post, Swedish snus is a smokeless tobacco product that makes a great alternative to smoking cigarettes. It’s grown in popularity in the UK since the smoking ban back in 2007 as it can be used really discretely without releasing any toxic smoke into the atmosphere. But I wanted to look a bit more into the history of snus and where it originated from.

The history of snus

Swedish snus actually dated right back to the 16th century when snuff was first introduced into French society. It was originally given to Catherine de Medici by Jean Nicot as a cure for her migraines. Catherine became a regular user of snuff and it then became popular amongst the upper classes too, particularly amongst the ladies as it was seen as a more feminine alternative to tobacco smoking.

As often happens with these things, the popularity of snuff quickly spread and eventually reached Sweden. It was there in the 18th Century that manufacturers began to produce a moist alternative, and so snus was born.

Over the centuries, Swedish snus has been developed to make it even more palatable with the introduction of pouches as an alternative to loose snus, and a whole range of different flavours to choose from.

You can also feel secure in the knowledge that Swedish snus is regulated as food under the Swedish food act. This means that any producers of Swedish snus must meet stringent health and safety conditions before bringing their product to the open market.

There are many reasons why Swedish snus is still popular today and if you’re looking to cut down on smoking then this product is a really great alternative. You can choose flavours that help to make your mouth feel fresh and you won’t have to leave the room in order to enjoy using snus either – it’s a far more sociable alternative to tobacco smoking.

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