Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Swedish snuff

I thought snuff was inhaled but Swedish "snus" comes in a pouch like a small teabag which is placed under the top lip enabling the nicotine to seep into the gums. Anyway, it's very popular in Sweden following the public smoking ban and the unwillingness to nip outside for a cigarette during the freezing winters, so much so that 20% of the 1.2m snus users are women. One Swedish woman says that its main advantage is that it doesn't make your clothes smell but adds, "Just remember to brush your teeth a lot, otherwise you'll look like an old hag."

8 Comments:

Blogger kinglear said...

That'll be the tall blonde blue eyed hags then will it?

6:54 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I guess so...she didn't say anything about it turning hair black

9:29 am  
Blogger Eurodog said...

I'll stick to the old Gauloises freezing temperatures or not. Don't like the sound of a snus teabag.

11:32 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having seen pictures of people who got oral cancer after using these invidious things, I think you would be well advised to publish a 'health warning' with every mention of them.

8:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And here is just such a picture..

https://secure.deseretnews.com/user/comments/1,5150,635197353,00.html?pg=7

Don't look it up if you were planning to use these things, as I can guarantee it would put you off..

8:30 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

What an awful vision of desperation.

4:26 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I can remember people coming into my Dad's shop in Bristol for a "bag of snuff." They used to put it up their noses, which I thought was horrible. It stank, too.

8:29 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Thank you for that health warning, Anon (not that I was going to try it!)

Hi Ellee and WL - yes, snuff doesn't have good connotations eg "snuffing it"

9:37 am  

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