Have you heard about tobacco products? Do you know about the most popular tobacco product? Snus is the most popular tobacco-based product. It is available in loose and in packets and is a dark substance. It is banned in many countries because of the fact that it was identified carcinogenic by the WHO in 1985. But still, people use it as a substitute for chewing, smoking, and dipping tobacco.
A portion of snus is to be placed below the top lip. The popularity and demand of snus are growing all around the world, but with growing demand, the manufacturers are not producing the product with good processes and standards.
The Basics of Snus
The snus is prepared by cutting the tobacco leaves into a small stripe, drying them into the sun, and then grinding them properly to make a powder. The ground tobacco is kept in the heat for nearly 24-3 hours with a temperature of 100 degrees Celsius. The wet snus tobacco is also available that contains 30 percent tobacco and 50 percent water.
The snus is folded in portions that are tea bag-shaped, which the user can place under his/her upper lip. There are many different strengths available of snus, and heavy snus may consume the tobacco for over 13 hours a day. The product contains many salts, and the moist snuff creates less saliva than chewing or dipping tobacco like Copenhagen or Red Man and Skoal. Then the finished product is kept into refrigerators at below room temperature to chill the product and keep it fresh.
How is Snus Different from Other Tobaccos?
The procedure of heating the ground snus tobacco underneath the combustion point is referred to as pasteurization. This is the main reason what differentiates snus from other tobaccos. At the time of tobacco production, all the leaves are dried out in the air to bring their natural flavor out.
Drying the tobacco in air leads to fermentation, and fermentation brings out the naturally-occurring substance ammonia in tobacco, which increases its acidity, and in this way, the body can absorb the nicotine more competently. Due to the pasteurization method used in this process, the snus tobacco contains less ammonia.
The get the effect of nicotine fixed properly, snus users need to be patient. The flavor of snus is lost in the process of pasteurization; therefore, the manufacturers use sodium bicarbonate and lots of salt. Sodium bicarbonate used helps to release nicotine. This completely shows that snus is the same addictive as cigarettes.
Is Snus Safe?
According to researchers, the snus users are not likely to have a disease like cancers when compared to a smoker. In snus, there is no ignition, and the carcinogenic chemical that leads to cancer is not present in snus tobacco. The researchers also state that there’s no major difference seen in the reports of lung cancer of snus users and users who never had tobacco in any form.