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Written by James Payne

Friday, 05 February 2010

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1. Nasal Snuff
2. Many Forms
3. Types

In an age where smoked tobacco is constantly at war and the amount of places where we can smoke is rapidly dwindling, it is good to know that, at the end of the day, there are some alternatives if we find ourselves in a jam and want to enjoy tobacco without having someone breathing down the back of our necks. In this article we will take a look at one of these alternatives: dry snuff.

The ancient Mayans gave us many things to be thankful for: pyramids, the chupacabra, a fear of world destruction in 2012. They also gave us tobacco in several different forms, one of which includes the subject of this article. Many people site the Mayans as an advanced culture that understood mathematics and astrology better than most people alive today. I don’t know about all of that. What I do know is that the Mayans knew something that in my book goes a lot further towards advancing mankind – they knew how to sit back and relax.

When you think of snuff (or at least when I do), I think of some crazy English guy with a monocle and a top hat snorting something innocuous off of the back of his hand. This vision is wrong on many levels of course, but it is what society puts into our heads. In reality dry snuff users are everyday people like you and I and come in just as wide a variety as normal smokers.

In fact, a brief look back in time shows us that dry snuff has a rich history here in the United States. Luminaries such as George Washing and his wife Martha Washington were both dry snuff users, as was Ben Franklin. Other famous snuffers include Stephen Fry, Charles Darwin, and Catherine De Medici, who used snuff for medicinal purposes and is thought to have popularized its use in the 16th century.

Today the tobacco is used mostly in Europe, but you can still see it used in the United States as well. Many people think of snuff as a safer alternative to smoke-tobacco, and indeed there are no laws barring it from being used in public. Also, it isn’t deemed as unsightly as its cousin, moist tobacco (we’ll get to that in a moment). For these reasons, some articles have popped up recently claiming that dry snuff will experience a sort of renaissance period and come back into wide popularity. Some articles even say that it will change the world because of its health benefits over smoke able tobacco.

I do not know about all of that; when it comes to health benefits, nothing is healthy when you do it without practicing moderation. But I’m not here to debate that.






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+2 # MrSnuffMrSnuff 2010-02-05 07:59
As the owner of the online store MrSnuff, I am an avid fan of nasal snuff. I have over 300 brands in my personal collection.

If any of you cigar fans here want any info or advice, please do not hesitate to ask. For example where to start; techniques; favorites and so on.

Thanks,
Dave

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0 # RE: Nasal SnuffLeonard 2012-02-25 01:01
A decade or so ago while I worked in a smokeshop I discovered that snuff could often ward off an allergy attack. It must line the nasal passages, thus keeping allergens from making proper contact.

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