In certain circles you can hear the unusual word “snuff”. This modern word, derived from the English snuff, denotes the good old snuff, which in our country was popular several centuries ago, and the first mention of it was generally back in 1443.
In the modern world, snuff is experiencing a new round of popularity. Snuff is especially popular among young people 16-23 years old. In our country, snuff is officially authorized, but it is still not as popular as in Europe, especially in Germany. Snuff attracts young people with an unusual way of using it, with unusual sensations and the idea that it is safer than regular cigarettes. To understand whether this is so, let’s try to figure out what snuff is and how it affects the body.
What is snuff
Snuff is actually made from the waste products of traditional tobacco products. In tobacco factories, after cutting tobacco leaves, their unnecessary parts remain that are not used to fill cigarettes. It is these leaf residues that are ground into dust to create a snuff. Various flavors are added to tobacco dust (apple, chocolate, mint, etc.), this mixture is packaged in beautiful boxes and gets on the shelves of specialized stores.
How to snuff tobacco
To get the effect, you need to sniff snuff correctly. There are several ways to use snuff.
- A small pinch of snuff (literally on the tip of a knife) rolls into balls that are laid in both nostrils. After that, you need to take a strong breath. Often after inhalation of tobacco, a reflex reaction is triggered and the person begins to sneeze.
- On a flat surface are made “paths” of tobacco, which must be inhaled through a tube. The diameter of the tube should be such that tobacco dust is easily inhaled. Often an ordinary handle is fitted for these purposes, removing the rod from it and sawing off one end.
- Tobacco can be poured into the depression between the thumb and forefinger and inhaled from the hand. This method requires some training, in addition, after such inhalation, traces of tobacco dust remain on the face.
Since snuff is an ordinary tobacco in an unusual form, nicotine is its main active ingredient. Accordingly, the effect of snuff on the body is similar to the action of ordinary cigarettes, but it has some nuances. In the case of snuff, nicotine enters the bloodstream not through the lungs along with tobacco smoke, but through the nasal mucosa. The effect begins to be felt after a couple of minutes and lasts up to half an hour, since the absorption of nicotine through the nasal mucosa is slower.
A person feels a surge of strength and vigor, his concentration of attention increases. However, using snuff, it is much easier to get an overdose of nicotine: if, when smoking regular cigarettes, a “stop” is triggered at some point, then there is no such mechanism when inhaling tobacco. To prevent this, each subsequent time you smell you need to reduce the dose of the powder by half.
The effects of snuff on the body
In the short term, the effect of snuff on the body seems extremely positive: a person begins to think better, it is easier for him to concentrate, his thought processes begin to proceed faster. However, this effect is short-lived. In a global sense, the effects of snuff on the body are no better than with regular smoking.
- Snuff also contributes to the formation and maintenance of nicotine addiction, which means that all the negative effects of nicotine are also present when snuff is used. In particular, it is a carcinogenic effect, only in the case of snuff tobacco the mouth, nose and throat will be at risk.
- In addition to nicotine, harmful aromatic impurities contained in snuff are also absorbed through the mucosa. They can cause severe allergies.
- Due to the constant irritation of the nasal mucosa, people who use snuff suffer from eternal nasal congestion. For the same reason, their sense of smell is dulled.
- The longer the experience of using snuff, the higher the risks of getting memory problems.
Perhaps the only reason snuff is really better than regular cigarettes is the absence of smoke, and hence, second-hand smoke. Nevertheless, for the lover to sniff tobacco, there are practically no advantages, except perhaps a new and unusual form of nicotine use. Accordingly, the use of snuff can not be considered as a step towards giving up cigarettes, because the most important element – dependence on nicotine – does not disappear. On the contrary, due to its unusualness, snuff attracts young people and contributes to the formation of nicotine addiction even for those who do not smoke regular cigarettes.