Monday, March 16, 2009
Camel Snus...It's Good Stuff
So, I've been struggling with trying to quit smoking. Really struggling. Cigarettes are nasty buggers to put down and leave alone.
A few weeks ago my husband came across something called Snus made by Camel and decided to pick up a pack and see what it is all about. It comes in two different flavors. Frost, like the one pictured above, which is kept cold and tastes just like spearmint. The other one is called Mellow and tastes like nasty old sweet snuff that your Granny dips.
With the discovery of Snus I am now a dipper and a semi-smoker. I know most people think it is horrifyingly disgusting for a woman to dip, and I'm right there with them if we are talking about a woman walking around with a dip of Copenhagen in her bottom lip the size of a grapefruit with nasty brown sludge dripping down her chin. YUCK! But Snus comes in small little pouches that fit right under the top lip. They are so small that no one can tell you are using one and the best thing about them is that you don't have to spit like you do with regular tobacco. Those nasty spit cups stuffed with paper towels are beyond disgusting. Snus doesn't require you to spit. You absorb the nicotine through your gum's and swallow what little mint juice is left.
That's the other thing...the Snus Frost makes me smell like spearmint instead of cigarette butts. Makes my breath smell good. Doesn't stain my teeth or leave brown flakes of tobacco stuck between them.
In my opinion this is a great method of harm reduction for people like me who have real trouble quitting smoking. My lungs are happier, I no longer smell like an ashtray, I won't be jonesin' for a smoke during my next flight or hours long meeting or action day at the State House and hopefully Snus will keep me from getting lung cancer. I've been a smoker since the age of 12 which makes that a 22 year habit. The chance that Snus might cause mouth/throat cancer are very slim. Much slimmer than the chance that cigarettes cause lung cancer.
If you are a smoker that has found it impossible to just lay the coffin nails down and walk away then I highly recommend this product if you want to quit smoking or at least reduce your cigarette intake.