Snus can be obtained in tobacco and tobacco-free form, in portioned sachets that look like little tea bags. The flavoured pouch is placed between the lip and gum to allow nicotine to enter the user’s blood stream. The European Union (EU) has banned the sale of snus except in Sweden. It is also available for sale in Norway due to it not being an EU member country. Snus use has been linked to incredibly low smoking rates in Sweden, beating the rest of the EU.
The Helsinki Times reports that criminals are increasing the volume of illegal Russian snus imports to the country. The product contains "excessive" nicotine levels and is being smuggled to other countries due to high stock holding and it being banned in Russia.
Finnish customs officers have already stopped over 300 mail and freight shipments so far in 2020, this compares to just 10 seizures during the same period last year.
Typically, snus is used in strengths of around 6-10mg. Seized products have strengths in excess of 50mg.
The Swedish media has been covering a recently published study that shows the “normal use of snus can counteract oral cancer”.
"Current users of snus have a 21 percent lower risk of developing oral cancer", state the Karolinska Institutet experts.
The news has prompted national discussion about the potential for snus to reduce the risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms, which makes Bengt Wiberg’s conversation with Doctor Konstantinos Farsalinos very timely.
Bengt is the founder, CEO, patent holder, and inventor of the Sting Free technology in Lidingö, Sweden. Bengt won one of the highest awards in the global tobacco industry in New York City in 2017 at the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum, held at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel in Manhattan that year. The award was for the category “Most Exciting Newcomer to the Industry,” when he received the prestigious “Golden Leaf Award”. He presently possesses a patent approval in Sweden, the Kingdom of Snus, plus holds a patent-pending status in the United States, as well as in Europe. Bengt is also the co-founder of the international crowd movement EUforsnus with supporters from 100 nations.