Can I quit smoking with the help of snus?

A few decades ago, nobody could have imagined that this Swedish tobacco product for oral use would have such a broad public response. But today the snus industry is booming - the small tobacco pouches are on everyone's lips, both literally and figuratively. There are also a lot of different reasons why people are turning to these smokeless pouches. Among athletes, snus is considered a good stimulant that is said to give a powerful energy kick and improve performance. Another important reason for consuming snus is the possibility to quit smoking more easily with the help of snus. Although snus has long been talked about as a perfect alternative to smoking, opinions are divided among scientists on this issue. In diesem Beitrag versuchen wir dieses Problem zu entwirren und antworten auf die Frage – Lohnt es sich, zu kaufen Snus und als Alternative zu den Zigaretten zu verwenden.

Is snus a good help to fight against smoking?


Both cigarettes and snus are nicotine containing tobacco products. The main difference between these tobacco products is the way they are used. Swedish smokeless oral tobacco is placed in loose form or as small pouches between the gums and upper lip and spit out 30-40 minutes later. If the smoker avoids the smouldering stalk with the help of snus, he or she is spared the vast majority of the smoke ingredients. Since snus also contains a proportion of nicotine, it can also control compulsive cravings and can be used as a long-term nicotine replacement therapy. The social medicine specialists from the Vienna Nicotine Institute have come to this conclusion and claim that snus is definitely suitable as a means to get rid of smoking.

There are also various advantages of replacing cigarettes with snus, such as: 

  • The lungs recover from the smoke;
  • The skin condition is significantly improved;
  • There is a smaller risk of cardiovascular diseases;
  • One does not feel so much the compulsive craving.

There is also a question that causes a lot of discussion as to whether snus is associated with health risks. Researchers suspect that the consequences of snus are diabetes, tooth decay, tooth loss and esophageal cancer. However, what concerns cancer of the mouth and throat, it is also questionable. Sweden, where snus is most common, has the lowest oral cancer rate in the EU. 

But what do ordinary people think? Most ex-smokers emphasize that replacing cigarettes with snus has changed their lives. They have no unpleasant sensations in the lung area, better sense of taste and smell and they do not endanger their environment. 

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