‘General’ snus, by Swedish Match

Snus is a tobacco product, not fermented and steam-pasteurized, originating from a variant of dry snuff in early 18th-century Sweden: it is placed between the upper lip and gum for extended periods, as a form of sublabial administration. Differently from American dipping tobacco, although used in a similar way, snus does not typically result in the need for spitting. As for its legal status of snus, the EU is exceptional in banning its sale in all its Member countries, except in Sweden. Snus is sold primarily in Sweden, Faroe Islands and Norway, and has more recently been introduced to South Africa and the U.S. It is the most common type of tobacco product in Norway and is also available in Switzerland (both nations are not in the EU). Estonia, among other EU countries, allow the sale of nicotine pouches, snus-like products that contain nicotine but no tobacco. Snus is available in the United States, whereas Canada makes it difficult to obtain snus through its high taxes on imported tobacco products. Snus can be seen as an alternative to smoking, vaping, chewing, dipping, and dissolvable and snuff tobacco products: as it usually contains nicotine, it leads to nicotine addiction. The chemical constituents of different types of snus vary, and population-level studies suggest that the disease risks vary as well. For more information regarding snus’s effects on health, please visit the Wikipedia section ‘Health Effects’