Is Snus a Gateway to Smoking?

Snus (smokeless oral tobacco) consists of porous pouches filled with a mixture of ground tobacco, salt, water, humectants such as glycerin or propylene glycol and flavouring. It is stuffed under the upper lip and allows nicotine to be absorbed into the bloodstream without being exposed to toxic tobacco smoke. The product has been used in Sweden for several decades, and it is a good substitute for smoking.More

However, it has also been associated with several health risks, especially for the gums and teeth. Long-term and heavy use increases the risk of gum disease (periodontitis) and can lead to discolored teeth. There is also a slight but significantly increased risk of oral cancers, including mouth, throat, and oesophageal cancer.

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Despite these concerns, the available scientific data demonstrate that the health risks associated with snus are considerably lower than those of smoking cigarettes. This is particularly evident when snus is used in place of regular cigarettes.

In light of these findings, The UK Royal College of Physicians concluded that snus should not be classified as a ‘gateway’ to smoking. However, further studies are required in order to confirm these conclusions. In the meantime, snus is a safe and effective alternative to smoking and should continue to be considered an acceptable and viable option for consumers. However, it is important to remember that snus is a tobacco product and should be consumed in moderation.