Snus, nicotine pouches and chewing tobacco are three distinct forms of moist tobacco products that are used orally. While they share similarities, there are notable differences between them.
Snus is a specific type of Swedish smokeless tobacco that is placed under the upper lip. It comes in a small pouch and is meant to be used without spitting. The composition of snus usually includes ground tobacco, salt, and water. The nicotine in snus is absorbed into the bloodstream through the tissues in the mouth, providing a steady release of nicotine. Nicotine Pouches are made using nicotine salts extracted from the Nicotiana tabacum plant and are sometimes flavoured with food grade aromas and flavourings.
On the other hand, chewing tobacco refers to tobacco that is either chewed or held in the cheek or lower lip. It is typically available as loose leaf or twist tobacco. Unlike snus and nicotine pouches, chewing tobacco requires users to spit out the saliva and tobacco juices that are generated during use. Chewing tobacco is commonly made from cured tobacco leaves that have been cut into small pieces.
The primary distinction between snus, nicotine pouches and chewing tobacco lies in their methods of use and nicotine delivery. Snus and nicotine pouches are designed for discreet use, without the need for spitting. They deliver nicotine through the tissues in the mouth, allowing for a controlled release. In contrast, chewing tobacco necessitates chewing and spitting, with nicotine being absorbed through the act of chewing and the subsequent swallowing of saliva.
Overall, while both snus, nicotine pouches and chewing tobacco are forms of smokeless tobacco used orally, the manner in which they are consumed and the mechanisms through which nicotine is delivered to the body set them apart. It is important to understand these distinctions and make informed choices regarding tobacco usage.