14 March 2016

General Chew Bags - Preview. 14 March 2016.

Our friends at freesnus.ch on Facebook shared some exciting news this morning about Swedish Match/General in Switzerland. It appears as though Swedish Match is following the example of V2 Tobacco with Thunder Chew Bags, AG Snus with Ink Chew Bags and Gotlandssnus with Cruiser Chew Bags and launching their own "chewing tobacco" product under the General name - General Chew Bags or "Chilled Chew Bags" as the banners/chillers are saying.

It makes sense, and I figured this would happen eventually, that Swedish Match would embrace the "chew bags" movement to sell their products in other countries where snus is banned.

It appears as though there are 4 flavors: Original, Original Strong, White Mint and White Mint Strong.

I'm assuming General Chew Bags: Original will have a similar flavor to General Snus Original Portion.  General Chew Bags: Strong will probably have a similar flavor to General Snus Extra Strong Original Portion.  General  Chew Bags: White Mint will probably taste similar to General Snus Mint White Portion.  As far as General Chew Bags: White Mint Strong, I'm assuming they'll also taste similar to General Snus Mint White Portion, but with more nicotine.

The price looks to be 8.90 CHF, which seems pretty high - that's around 9$ USD.  But I'm not sure what the going rate is for tobacco in Switzerland.

For those who have been asking if these products will launch anywhere other than Switzerland, it doesn't appear so at this time.  Swedish Match has said there are currently no plans for expansion. Swedish Match says this product consists of cut tobacco packaged in small portion bags. You use the product by chewing it three to four times and then place it under your lip. The paper used for chew bags is also said to be different. They apparently are using paper with a “high grammage” that provides a stronger bag designed to be chewed to release flavor and nicotine.

They have signed a contract with Valora, which will sell the product in their stores in Sweden. Apparently, there is a demand for alternative products in Switzerland, and due to that Swedish Match decided to launch this product in that market.

If you're new to this discussion, you may be asking yourself what a "chew bag" is and what the difference is between that and snus.  The description above makes it sound like these are vastly different products.  I wanted to do a comparison of a V2 Tobacco Chew Bag and a Swedish Match White Portion.  If you look at this photo, you can see the tobacco inside a chew bag on the left.  On the right side of the photo you'll see the tobacco inside a snus portion.  Notice a difference?  There isn't much of one.  Now, the new Swedish Match pouches may be completely different, but that remains to be seen.

"Chew Bags" are produced the same way as snus.  The pouches are the same as snus.  The cans are the same as snus.  The nicotine delivery is the same as snus.  However, when these products are labeled as "chew bags", they are legal to be sold in the EU, even if they're the same product, made the same way in the exact same can.  That goes to show you how ridiculous the EU Snus Ban is.

If you want to buy these online and you're in Switzerland, I've seen them listed at SnusKautabak.ch, TabakCorner.ch and TabakOnline.ch.  Once I get ahold of some of these products I'll post a review!

7 comments:

  1. It is as you say; they only brand them as chewing tobacco to get around the rules. I have even discovered this in norway, a country where snus is fully legal. The first time I noticed this was on the new Islay Whisky snus cans (the plastic cans), where they called it "Islay Whisky Chewing Tobacco". It is not chewing tobacco, believe me, I tried.

    Love your blog by the way
    Cheers from Snuselsker , www.snuselsker.blogg.no

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    1. I've been trying to find the Islay Whisky Chew Bags for a while, but haven't been able to find them. If you have access to them - shoot me an email. Snubie.com@GMail.com.

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  2. Haha, playing the EU's silly legalism against itself. Priceless.

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  3. hi :D

    you wrote you don't know the average price of tobacco products in switzerland (i'm swiss :P)

    packet of cigarettes (Marlboro Lights) 8.60.- CHF

    "cheap" brands (winston, L&M) 7.50.- CHF

    snus "chewing bags" available in switzerland (prices in CHF)

    odens: 9.80.-

    thunder: 9.95.-

    epok: 8.40.-

    ink.- 9.80.-

    cruiser chew 8.50.-

    fx2 / fx3 7.80.-

    siberia / islay whisky 12.00.-

    hope that gives you a little impression about tobacco prices here in switzerland

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    1. I'm trying to find the General Chew Bags, shoot me an email if you can find them! We would like to review them. Snubie.com@gmail.com.

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  4. hi chad
    you wrote you don't know the average price of tobacco products in switzerland (i'm swiss :P)

    packet of cigarettes (Marlboro Lights) 8.60.- CHF

    "cheap" brands (winston, L&M) 7.50.- CHF

    rolling tobacco (marlboro) 6.50.- CHF for 30 gramms

    snus "chewing bags" available in switzerland (prices in CHF)

    odens: 9.80.-

    thunder: 9.95.-

    epok: 8.40.-

    ink.- 9.80.-

    cruiser chew 8.50.-

    fx2 / fx3 7.80.-

    siberia / islay whisky 12.00.-

    al capone 8.90.-

    hope that gives you a little impression about tobacco prices here in switzerland

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  5. in Russia you can also by some odens flavured chew bags cans, they are the same as snus but with less drip :/

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