Snus – A Smokeless Tobacco Product


Snus is a smokeless tobacco product that is typically consumed in pouches. It is available in moist and dry variants. It usually contains nicotine and some flavoring. Compared to smoking it can reduce lung- and other health problems. It is popular among ex-smokers and non-smokers. A study in 2007 by the British Royal College of Physicians found that snus users had at least 90-95% lower rates of smoking-related diseases and a comparable life expectancy to smokers. Learn more:

Unlike other smokeless tobacco products such as dipping tobacco or chew, snus is usually steam-pasteurized and therefore carries lower concentrations of carcinogenic compounds like tobacco-specific nitrosamines. It is regulated as a food product in Sweden and ingredients are listed on the package.

Snus and Oral Health: Separating Fact from Fiction

The tobacco used for snus is traditionally air-dried and often originates in Scania or Malardalen, although it may be imported from other parts of Europe. It is ground and mixed with salt, an alkalizing agent and aromas – most of them food grade. The mixture is heated and the resulting moist snus is poured into individual packages (cans). Moist snus can also be placed in a sachet. The portion size varies between mini, normal and maxi portions. Portions are available in various weights, and most packages disclose the net weight.

While snus can increase the risk of dental caries, its use is associated with a reduced risk of oral cancer, cardiovascular disease and pancreatic cancer. Nevertheless, snus is associated with higher risks of diabetes and components of metabolic syndrome than non-smokers. It is also associated with a small number of cases of non-neoplastic oral mucosal lesions that disappear after discontinuation of snus use.

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