Snus – A Smokeless Tobacco Product


Heysnus (pronounced “snoos”) is a smokeless tobacco product that is placed under the upper lip. It can be used anywhere, and doesn’t produce a lingering smoky odor or cause second hand smoke. Snus is a very popular method for smokers trying to quit smoking. Research shows that snus is effective, and reduces cigarette use significantly. It has fewer adverse health effects than cigarette smoking, and may even help prevent lung cancer.

Snus is sold primarily in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, but has also been found for sale in South Africa and the Pacific islands. It is illegal to sell in the European Union, except for Sweden. It is available in cans, which makes it convenient for storing and transporting, and has the advantage of being portable, making it easy to use in places where smokers are prohibited from smoking, such as work.

Snus and Public Policy: Regulations, Restrictions, and Advocacy

Unlike other smokeless tobacco products, such as chewed or dipping tobacco, snus is not fermented but is steam-pasteurized. This process inhibits the growth of bacteria that facilitate the formation of tobacco-specific nitrosamines and reduces the levels of these chemicals. Compared to the cured tobaccos in cigarettes, cigars and pipes, snus has a lower level of nitrosamines, which are known carcinogens.

Several epidemiological studies have indicated that current snus usage is not associated with increased risk for pancreatic cancer, oral or pharyngeal cancer, cardiovascular disease, or other serious health conditions. However, high consumption of snus has been associated with an increased risk of diabetes and components of metabolic syndrome.