Snuff: composition, types, application, effect, benefit and harm, consequences

Our whole life flows in a circle - some traditions go into oblivion, they are replaced by former, earlier edgy trends. This applies to everything - fashion for clothes and shoes, playing sports and, unfortunately, bad habits. In the last century, the top of chic was considered to have a snuff of tobacco in a beautiful gilt snuff-box. This custom is slowly returning, and today snuff is increasingly seen in the hands of quite young people who do not consider its use destructive for the body. Is it really?

Snuff tobacco

This is the American word for snuff tobacco. Snuff( snuff) - this is ordinary tobacco, ground to the smallest dust particles. Such tobacco is not smoked, but either sniffed( dry tobacco), or laid for the lip( wet snuff).

The remains of the leaves are finely grinded into the chaff, added to them flavors for greater effect. The product is packaged in boxes and goes on sale. Snuff is officially approved for use in many countries, including the Russian Federation.

To date, on the shelves you can find a huge number of varieties of snuff, with different fillings and under different brands - Bernard Brothers, Poschl, Copenhagen, Black Rappee, Lotzbeck, Carett snuff and others. Manufacturers of this type of tobacco products argue that it is this way of consuming nicotine that is least harmful to human health.

The main contingent of snuffers is fairly young people aged 16 and over. They can inhale it through a tube, like cocaine users do, or lay small balls in the nostrils and inhale sharply. Quite a legitimate question - why is it needed? Some people use snuff for the gradual elimination of cigarettes from ordinary cigarettes, others simply enjoy this process.
The video describes the process of producing snuff:

Types of

There are many varieties of tobacco, the use of which occurs in a smokeless way. Let us dwell on the most popular ones.

Dry tobacco. This is a common dry snuff, the way of using which is inhalation through the nose. Produce such tobacco mainly in Germany, some species - in the UK.That is why it is also called European tobacco. The most famous brands of dry snuff are today Gletscher prise and Gawith Apricot of the German manufacturer Pöschl tabak. Less widely distributed snuff English company Wilson under the brand Medicated 99.

Wet snuff. It differs from dry tobacco by using it - a small amount of tobacco is laid between the lip and the gum. Causes the same euphoria as snuff, as the composition includes a large amount of nicotine. In Russia, you can buy a large number of brands of wet snuff - Copenhagen, Husky, Hawken, Longhor.


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The Swedish snus is also considered a wet tobacco. It is used in the same way as the previous row of tobacco products - laid for the lip. From wet snuff snus differs in the way of manufacturing - tobacco for snusu is dried in air, and not by means of artificial heating. After drying, the tobacco mixture is heated by hot steam to destroy any bacteria, and then packaged. Snus can be stored for a long time without fear of a significant increase in the amount of hazardous substances in it. Snus since 2015 is banned for sale on the territory of Russia.

Among the varieties of wet tobacco can be identified and Asian nasvay. In addition to tobacco, it contains either hydrated lime or ash from plants. This component enhances the absorption of nicotine through the mucous membranes of the mouth. In Russia, the turnover of nasva is banned from 2011.

Photo of dry snuff tobacco

Effect of

In general, the effect of snuff on the human body is no different from the effect of smoking conventional cigarettes, except that smoke does not enter the lungs. The rest is the same nicotine, which, entering the blood, brings a sense of euphoria and relaxation, increases mood and stimulates a person to take active action.

The difference between snuff and smoking of conventional cigarettes is that when the snuff is inhaled through the nose, nicotine acts much faster, and the state of intoxication lasts immeasurably longer.

The use and harm of snuff

It would seem, what could be the benefit of a bad habit? But the inhalation of tobacco as a harmful habit can not be called. It turns out that the regular use of snuff can contribute to an early cure for the common cold. This, of course, is a dubious medicine, but nevertheless the effect of clearing the nasal cavity as a result of using snuff in small portions is clearly visible.

In addition, snuff helps to improve the thinking process. This is most likely due to increased blood circulation, which occurs as a result of the influence of nicotine. So is it harmful or not?

Despite the obvious positive aspects in the action of snuff on the body, the proven harm of this habit is much stronger:

  1. The use of snuff causes strong nicotine dependence, because with this method of consumption, nicotine does not burn out, as in the case of smoking cigarettes, but completely enters theorganism. A few snuffs of strong tobacco a day on the strength of harmful effects are equal to a pack of cigarettes!
  2. Snuff is primarily nicotine, which provokes the development of cancer. At fans to inhale a tobacco powder sooner or later develop malignant tumors of a nasopharynx and an oral cavity( at a laying of a wet snuff for a lip).
  3. Prolonged inhalation of snuff leads to permanent nasal congestion, deterioration of olfactory function and constant leakage from the nose.
  4. Nicotine, contained in a snuff of tobacco dust, adversely affects the cardiac muscle, vascular and reproductive systems in people of both sexes.
  5. Overdose of nicotine, which in case of use of snuff is not easy to recognize, causes a real intoxication of the body - a person has nausea, vomiting, confusion. In severe cases, an overdose of snuff can provoke the development of coma and, as a consequence, the death of the patient.

The conclusion is obvious: the use of snuffs is no better than smoking and can not be positioned as an adequate therapy of nicotine addiction, moreover - snuff causes much more terrible consequences for health than smoking. All this is the answer to the question - what is so dangerous snuff.

Consequences of the use of

In addition to the rapid formation of malignant processes( and for oncology that develops in people who inhale tobacco several times faster than those who do not use nicotine), several years of constant use of snuff lead to a deterioration in cognitive functions and early development of senile dementia. What can we say about chronic nasopharyngeal diseases: permanent sinusitis and sinusitis become frequent companions amateurs to inhale tobacco dust. In addition, various impurities that are part of snuff can cause serious allergic manifestations, right up to the development of Quincke's edema.

So, wishing to indulge in the snuff of tobacco again to switch to smoking tobacco? Not really. Trying to avoid the terrible health consequences of the action of nicotine, one should at all throw off a bad habit and find ways to please yourself and your body with more harmless methods.

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