Snus FAQ at Snubie.com, and I've been basing the information I put on there off the most common questions I receive. One that I've been answering a lot lately has to do with nicotine. So I figured it was time to sit down and put together an article on this topic. A large percentage of us who use Swedish Snus have quit smoking by switching to snus. There are still a lot of people out there looking to quit smoking but curious about how nicotine works in an oral tobacco product like snus vs inhaled smoke ala cigarettes. I hope I can answer some common questions and clarify this topic to make it easier to understand. One of the biggest topics in regards to this is nicotine delivery.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence noted that nicotine "does not pose a significant health risk”. The Royal College of Physicians noted in 2007 that “nicotine itself is not especially hazardous”. They also noted that nicotine is ”no more harmful than the existing use of caffeine”. Also, The International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that nicotine is not carcinogenic and does not cause cancer, despite what the Anti Tobacco crowd would want you to believe. Also, another thing the Anti Tobacco crowd tries to use to scare people away from nicotine is that nicotine has been used as an insecticide in the past. Tobacco Harm Reduction.org mentions that tobacco plants produce nicotine as a natural insecticide, which can be further concentrated as an artificial insecticide. And this isn’t uncommon - most plants, including ones we commonly eat, produce a natural insecticide. So don’t let this scare you, either. It’s just their scare tactics.