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Saved by Tony Barr
on January 22, 2009 at 8:47:20 pm

About Snuff


Snuff is, of course, nothing more than tobacco, ground or milled to a powder of varying coarseness from very fine to really quite coarse, and taken nasally. Once the most popular way of enjoying tobacco, snuff had been in a long slow decline for 150 years until just recently. The habit seems to be undergoing a renaissance now that smoking is becoming so publicly restricted not to mention socially unacceptable. Snuff has the advantage of not affecting others and also of being considerably less dangerous than smoking tobacco, as most of the toxins and carcinogens are only released when tobacco is burned.


I have been snuffing on and off since the mid 70s, when I was living in Regensburg and was introduced to the marvellous snuffs from Gebr. Bernard. Such a pity they are shutting shop. I do hope someone else manages to pick up the recipes. An earlier attempt at snuff when I was rather younger was less than successful!


Since the UK smoking ban came in I've been gradually reducing my other tobacco habits (pipes and roll ups) and increasing my snuff intake to the point where I now consider myself first and foremost a snuffer. I feel much healthier for it too! Curiously I seem to have turned to snuff from the other routes to the nicotine fix at roughly the same age as my grandfather did. Didn't do him any harm!


We only have one half-way decent tobacconist in Hull where one can buy snuff, both in tins and loose, and their selection is somewhat limited (though hopefully improving), so I'm increasingly getting my snuff fix online. There are some excellent online retailers out there. See the Snuff Links page for those, and also for various other online snuff resources.


I seem to have become a moderately regular contributor to the Snuffhouse forum and through that site I met another local snuffer, John, aka Snuff Head. We have started meeting up in the back room of the St Johns Hotel, Queens Road, Hull on Wednesday evenings. A wonderful opportunity to try new snuffs and so on. A list of snuffs tried and comments on them can be found on the Snuff Reviews page.




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