Skruf Fresh Super White #2

Skruf Fresh Super White #2

“the most wonderful sharp, fresh and natural smelling peppermint”

Today I am going to be reviewing Skruf fresh super white #2 for you.

So as you may have guessed from the name this is a white portion Snus, is high we are certainly seeing a lot more of nowadays than ever before.

The can is just like any other Skruf Snus can which is quit a school mole design but it is a very smart looking can overall.

Once you open the can up you are greeted by the most wonderful sharp, fresh and natural smelling peppermint fragrance which really does smell just great.

Once you place a portion under your lip you are instantly met by the peppermint flavor which really does not disappoint it tastes just as good as it smells. It’s a very gentle but good tasting peppermint flavor. The flavor it’s self lasts for an impressive amount of time, still tasting great over an hour in, with little to no drip noticeable. It’s a very comfy portion which fits snugly behind your lip.

The #2 which I tried here for you all is the original strength one and even though it may taste great it didn’t quite do it for me because of the lack of strength however they do make a stronger version of this Snus and my next review for you will be on that one to really compare the two.

Overall this has a great flavor it really does but lacks in the nicotine strength area for me personally so I’m going to give it a,

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General Wintergreen Snus

General Wintergreen

“I do love the way that General pack their Snus in that swirled patten”

Hey guys today I have a review on General wintergreen Snus for you.

First all I want to say that I personally love wintergreen flavors I know there not everyone’s thing but they are pretty popular and tasty haha.

So the can that holds this Snus is nothing exceptional it’s just like every other can by General Snus but I do like the fact that if you peel the top label off we’re it says to peel here you are left with a very smart looking can with a general logo on.

Once you open up the can you are met with a lovely wintergreen smell reminiscent of Skoal Wintergreen or wintergreen lifesavers, which I love. I mentioned the lifesavers as there’s a slight sweetness to the smell. And I do love the way that General pack their Snus in that swirled patten inside the can opposed to just dumping it all in there.

The portions are very slim and soft and fit very comfortably under the lip. Once under your lip they deliver a fantastic wintergreen flavor again very reminiscent of Skoal Wintergreen but not quite as sweet as Skoal. It’s a very well balanced flavor with a slight saltiness to it but not a lot. The flavor in these portions really holds up well and you can happily keep them in for well over an hour without losing any flavor. There isn’t really a noticeable drip at all until about an hour in which is great.

This particular wintergreen Snus is by far one of my favorites. And if you like Skoal you will love this one by General. Which has been specifically designed to appeal to the American palette. With all that said even if you’ve never been a big fan of wintergreen Snus I think this one may surprise you and is worth a go.

This gets a firm 

Matt

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Jakobsson’s Special Persika / Peach

Jakobsson's Special Persika Northerner

“If you are a fan of peaches and Snus I would strongly recommend getting a full roll of this Snus” 

Hey guys I tried the Jakobsson’s Persika Snus recently and here’s what I thought!

On opening the can you are greeted by a wonderful natural smelling aroma of peaches and it’s glorious.

The portions themselves are nice and moist and a pretty average size, so comfy under the lip. The taste though is simply sublime it’s just amazing, you get a nice fresh tasting peach flavor with a good level of sweetness, you don’t really get a tobacco flavor at all, which I would have liked but I can’t complain because of how amazing the Snus tasted. The flavor is long lasting, with almost an hour of beautiful peach flavor being obviously tasted. Like with the strong cola Snus, the drip doesn’t appear until about 45-50 minutes.The nicotine content is relatively average and not as high as what I typically go for.

If you are a fan of peaches and Snus I would strongly recommend getting a full roll of this Snus.

A little tip, I really enjoyed this Snus with a nice glass of bourbon as the flavors mix together really well.

This Snus is a solid  and I will be ordering more for sure.

Matt

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Makla Red

“it is a fantastic little product and well worth trying at least once”

So I’ve tried something different today guys, Makla which in Arabic means food is a Tobacco product which hails from North Africa. However the one I tried is produced in Belgium by Sifaco’s. I tried Makla Red and here’s what I thought!

My first thoughts were on how small the tin is. On opening the tin you are greeted by a smell of tobacco and ammonia such is the case with American Dip and loose Snus. However this is much more like American dip.

I started by only placing a small amount under my lip and after only a few minutes I got a fantastic nicotine hit, which was very pleasant. The taste was as I expected, which was tobacco forward but it did taste like really good quality tobacco and had that nice old fashioned taste to it, after a few minutes I started to notice a spice like flavor coming through as well. I was really impressed actually.

However it does make you produce a lot of saliva and you do need to spit when using it so I would recommend just using a smallish amount and placing it in your bottom lip as to not spit the product it’s self out. I also recommend buying a mud jug or the likes if you intend to use this product regularly.

Overall it is a fantastic little product and well worth trying at least once. It personally won’t make it into my rotation as I do prefer American dip to this. And then obviously Swedish Snus portions.

I can see myself ordering another can one day when I fancy something different.

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Thunder X Iceboom CB

“This has one of the freshest, nicest mint flavors”

The thunder x iceboom chewbags are part of the ever growing Nordic chew market, which V2 are leading the pack of.

These particular chew bags have a pretty good nicotine content especially compared to what else is out there.

On opening the can you are greeted by a very fresh minty smell with a slight sweetness to it almost like a tic tac. When I put a portion under my lip I was greeted by a wonderful cooling mint sensation followed by a nice powerful tobacco hit. This has one of the freshest, nicest mint flavors that I’ve had in a long time.

If you are a fan of menthol/mint flavors in general try these chew bags, but be warned they pack a nice punch. Certainly not for people who don’t regularly use high nicotine products.

These have won a spot in my regular rotation.

/ Matt

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WoW Summer Honey Explosion White Dry

“The smell when you open the snus can is just beautiful”

I was intrigued and very interested by Wow summer honey white dry explosion when I first heard about it because of the fact that it is a nice strong Snus with a whopping 4.3% nicotine level but it’s not mint flavor, and that’s a rarity.

The smell when you open the can is just beautiful, it’s a strong fresh citrusy smell with floral notes after a little while. And it tastes just as good as it smells, lovely citrus flavors with a beautiful hint of honey. The white portions are nice and soft and super comfy under the lip, I started to notice a good buzz after about 6 minutes or so but no noticeable drip until about 35 minutes and it really held its flavor for a good hour which is great.

I much prefer this to the standard Wow sunny honey Snus.

Overall if you like honey and strong Snus you will love this!

/ Matt

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Swedish Snus and the EU

“320 000 LIVES CAN BE SAVED!”

Since June 2017, Northerner.com stopped selling Swedish snus to the EU. But Swedish snus has in fact, been banned for sale in EU since 1992, except for in Sweden.
The ban is now in the hands of the Court of Justice (ECJ), and April 12th we will know if the law will be revoked or not. Final judgement on snus in EU will be made by the ECJ in 2-5 months.

Bengt Wiberg, the founder of Sting Free Snus and #EUforsnus is deeply involved in the process and have been fighting for the right of using snus in EU countries since the last months.

Let’s start with the question everyone is asking themselves, why is it not legal to buy/sell snus to the EU?

It’s a long story involving a US smokeless tobacco product aggressive marketing towards youth in UK in the beginning of the 90’s. Scotland protested and got the European Union to ban snus completely in 1992 in all member states.
When Sweden applied for membership in 1995 we insisted on a permanent exception from the snus ban for Sweden and we got it. Since the exception is permanent and written in the accession treaty of EU, there is no possibility to change that fact unless 100 % of all Eu members, including Sweden, vote for a change. Therefore, it is astonishing to read what Sweden’s minister of trade, Ann Linde, expressed in a Göteborgsposten (a major Swedish newspaper) interview, where she defends the reason why the Swedish government did not in any way support Swedish snus in the ECJ court case on removing the snus ban in EU.  Her reply was “…because then we can’t be certain that we will be allowed to keep the derogation for snus. I refuse to engage in any action that may put Swedes right to use snus at risk.
Why is this not true? Because Sweden’s right to snus is written in the EU accession treaty that can only be modified if all EU countries, including Sweden, agree to change it.

In the present EU Tobacco Directive implemented in 2016, the novel nicotine product E-cigarettes was approved while snus remained banned.

Can you give us a summery on the first trial in Luxemburg that you participated in this January?

Background
I became involved in the consumer charity organization New Nicotine Alliance’s (NNA) challenge of the EU’s ban on snus a year ago. NNA is a court approved intervenor supporting Swedish Match fight for allowing snus in EU in court.  NNA’s campaign shows that any group of consumers in the world can make a difference. Indeed, it was NNA’s upcoming hearing in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in January 2018 that inspired me to set up a social media campaign #EUforsnus a few weeks earlier with the help of German friend and fellow snus enthusiast, Uwe Hille of Snusfreak.com.

So, on January 24, the day before the snus trial hearing, Me and Uwe travelled to Luxembourg and met up with the representatives from NNA including its chairman Professor Gerry Stimson. NNA also had world renowned scientists Doctor Lars Ramström, of the Institute for Tobacco Studies, and Doctor Karl Erik Lund, Senior researcher of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in place in Luxembourg. Both of them supporting the end of the EU snus ban due to the big public health aspects. Swedish Match also had the good company of several famous scientists during the trial hearing.

The court hearing took some 4,5 hours and was fascinating. Months before the trial hearing, parties of the trial had submitted written statements of evidence and arguments that each party since had the availability to study. So did the judges of ECJ.  At the court hearing each party got 15 minutes to verbally present their position. The parties were the EU Commission, EU Council, EU Parliament, the Norwegian and United Kingdom state representatives, Swedish Match and NNA. Since major new scientific evidence had showed up after submitting the original documents submitted to court, Swedish Match as well as NNA brought up the Global Burden of Disease Study published in the international journal The Lancet in September 2017. The scientific meta-study is one of the biggest ever conducted and covering many years of scientific data. A meta-analysis is a statistical analysis that combines the results of multiple scientific studies.

The study concluded that snus and snuff (nasal snuff) have 0 % increased risk for any health outcome, including all forms of cancers, as compared to people not using snus at all.

After that the seven judges of the ECJ put questions to some of the parties.  The judges were particularly razor sharp addressing the EU organizations legal representatives. One judge noted that there was a big discrepancy in the conclusions in the evidence offered by the EU institutions and the expert witnesses, and asked the EU Commission: “Should the Court conclude that you blend together evidence to find a solution more appropriate policy wise that accords with your view?” Another judge asked whether it might be politically difficult to lift the ban and asked whether that had colored the judgement of the institutions with regards to the scientific evidence. One judge questioned whether the institutions were supporting the ban because snus is harmful and addictive or because of a wish to ban nicotine. A judge proposed that snus could be sold in pharmacies only.

The trial hearing was all in all filled with non-factual arguments from the opponents of removing the snus ban. I personally filled about 25 handwritten pages of notes and caught several outright lies from the institutions. The legal counsel for the European Parliament told the court that these dramatic falls in male smoking had nothing to do with snus (!). It was instead the result of “healthy living.” Meanwhile the European Council argued that “high levels of parental leave for men” in Sweden were reducing smoking as it meant men could not smoke as they were with their children. These remarks have never heard of before and totally lack scientific evidence. My thoughts went to the latest Försäkringskassan public statistics that shows that 75 % of Swedish children’s parental leave is utilized by the female parents. Another fact is that Swedish parental leave can be distributed, according to the parents’ wishes, during the child’s first 12 years i.e. from 0-12 years. The statement that Swedish men’s “healthy living style” is a major reason why they have almost gone smoke-free, and not snus, is not only untrue but also an insult to Swedish women. All this nonsense while scientists say “absolutely no doubt” that snus is a key factor in fall in smoking.

Many experts, me included, who participated in the court judge that the chance that the court will abandon the snus ban in the EU is fair. NNA found in their arguments that “the right to health” and to be able to choose “significantly less harmful products” instead of cigarettes is a human right protected both by the World Health Organization (WHO) and EU law. Another argument rightfully used by Swedish Match is that the snus ban is disproportionate because Swedish snus is basically the only product containing nicotine, which cannot be sold in the EU.

The #EUforsnus campaign is now present on Euforsnus.org, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn, Bengt says. The campaign on Facebook alone has close to 2 600 members from 90 countries, 44 per cent of these are women, and 68 per cent are 34 years old or younger. I think the younger generation doesn’t flatly fall for tobacco control’s blunt attempts to brand snus as dangerous and comparing it to cigarettes, when the facts are that smoking kills and snus do not.

Gerry Stimson and Bengt Wiberg at ECJ 25 Jan 2018 photo by Uwe Hille of Snusfreak.com

What will happen April 12th?

On 12th of April the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General, Henrik Øe will announce his preliminary decision on the question about ending the snus ban in EU. Henrik Øe is a highly experienced Danish lawyer, prosecutor, human rights head and former consumer ombudsman.

The Advocate General has the highest juridical responsibility in the court case of the snus. He has a huge responsibility on his shoulders since there are about 100 million smokers of cigarettes in EU today that are discriminated from using snus as a method to quit smoking. There are also several hundred thousand of snus lovers already in EU who are forbidden to access the considerably less harmful smokeless tobacco product of snus.

They final decision from the court will be made sometime during the period June-October 2018.

I have been asked “what happens” if ECJ decide to end the snus ban in EU. According to a very experienced lawyer I talked to in Luxembourg, I’m not at liberty to say his name at this moment, it means the law on the ban will cease to exist. It would be removed from the EU Tobacco directive all together, as I understand it. This means that no EU membership state can forbid its citizens to buy Swedish snus online- or in any other way. This taking effect immediately and including all EU countries at the same time. This would be the greatest court decision for tobacco harm reduction ever taken in history. The reason being is that two independent scientific studies by professor Brad Rodu (USA) and the other one by Snuskommissionen (Sweden) shows that IF EU men would adapt the same tobacco consumption habits as in Sweden, i.e. using snus instead of smoking, over 320 000 EU citizens lives could be saved from premature death each year. Smoking caused sickness’s cause about 7 million deaths yearly at a cost to the world society of over 1 trillion $ (1 000 billion $) annually according to the latest WHO report of 2017.

Why do you think Swedish snus should be legal to sell to EU countries? And why do you think that snus is illegal when cigarettes are not?

That’s the easiest question of all. Because snus saves lives and has to this date never taken a life! To deprive adult humans a product of outstanding less harm than cigarettes is in my opinion nothing else than “taking lives” deliberately. The EU institutions unspoken option to the EU population seem to be “Quit (smoking) or die” and thus skipping the fact that there are far less harmful alternatives available like e.g. snus or E-cigarettes! The common factors between snus and E-cig is that they both contain nicotine and are considerably less harmful than smoking.
1,2 billion people smoke cigarettes in the world according to WHO and a majority of these cannot manage to quit “just like that” without a safer and affordable substitute.

Snus is the cause of what the scientific world call “The Swedish Experience” i.e. the main reason why Sweden has the lowest rate of male smokers in all EU as well as the lowest rate of tobacco mortality.  I had the rare opportunity to ask the Director of FDA Tobacco, Mr Mitch Zeller, during the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum in New York City, the question what his thoughts were on the Swedish Experience of snus and he replied that “I hope it will be heard by everybody in this room, that FDA absolutely understands the Swedish Experience”, besides being one of the main reasons why snus is allowed in the USA. The whole thing was said in front of 350 directors from tobacco companies from all over the world and is available on here.

The reason for snus being banned, and cigarettes not, in EU, is in my opinion purely political. If science facts alone would rule, snus would have been approved long ago since it is without any doubt whatsoever considerably less harmful than cigarettes.

Finally, I would like to inform the readers that nicotine is not what kills people. Not tobacco in itself either. It is the smoking gases that are created when inhaling cigarette smoke that cause cancer and cardiovascular diseases and that cause sicknesses and death. To quote one of the most renown scientists in the world, Professor Brad Rodu. “Nicotine causes no disease relating to smoking or smokeless tobacco use”. Many people don’t even know this fact, yet they might think that nicotine gums, patches or pouches that are very expensive (compared to snus) are safer than snus when in fact they are similar and both considerably less harmful than smoking.
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About Bengt Wiberg

Bengt Wiberg is a 60-year-old MBA and the inventor of Sting Free Snus. A brand-new design of the snus portion bag itself, adding a protective side that does not sting/burn or irritate the gums and oral mucosa. Last year, the invention became patent-approved in Sweden and now it is also patented applied for in the United States and in the rest of Europe.

In September 2017, Sting Free Snus won the awards “Most exciting newcomer to the industry” and the “Golden Leaf Award” at the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum in New York City. The international jury’s motivation was that it is a great product of tobacco harm reduction since “the stinging sensation associated with snus acts as a deterrent to many would-be users” and that it “could easily be considered the greatest snus innovation since the invention of the pouch.”

The sting-free snus has also attracted a lot of media attention in the last year in many big Swedish- and International newspapers like Aftonbladet and Tobacco Reporter. Swedish Match has signed a licensing agreement for producing sting-free varieties of snus, but do not have exclusive rights, why more manufacturers are expected to follow.

Read more about Sting Free Snus here:
www.stingfreesnus.com
www.facebook.com/stingfreesnus
https://www.facebook.com/groups/EUforsnus/
http://euforsnus.org/

 

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Jakobsson’s Special Salmiak – Henrik Jakobsson’s Edition

“it’s simply elegance”

Hi guys!

This review will be about Jakobsson’s Special Salmiak (Ammonium)

And this can is one of Jakobsson’s selected flavors, that goes no one by, by the look of the can. It has Henrik Jakobssons signature on it, and it is not like the other cans that Jakobssons have made – it’s simply elegance. You can see with your eyes that this is one of their masterpieces. And I must say that it’s a real pleasure just to watch it.

The flavor of this one is ammonium. A personal opinion is that in most cases, that never works out as a good plan – and may have a connection to that I’m not a very huge fan of it. But hey, let’s not judge a book by its cover (really not in this case, cause the can is beautiful!)

Once I cracked the can, a really strong smell of ammonium just exploded out of it. In Sweden we have an herbal medicine that is called Kan Jang, and it smells on point like it. So the relate to it is not far away. The pouches are well packed, so no bigger adjustment is needed. So I put a pouch in, and yepp – it taste just like it smells. But you get used to it after just a few minutes. And it lays under the lip just perfect, it’s almost as it was crafted after my snusing pit. The nicotine kicks in after about 35 minutes, and it has a really nice mix of tobacco and a hint of ammonium. And that fits me absolutely! It’s not that strong though, but it’s a very pleasing flow on it.
You can have one in for easy an hour after it begins to run. After that the effect slows down.

So, I’m not recommending this for a beginner snuser, cause even if I don’t think that is that strong, it sure is a lot stronger than many other options with the same flavor.

Overall, with the fact that I’m not a huge fan of ammonium, I’m giving this one a 6/10. But I’m absolute sure that it’s an easy  for the one that prefers it.

Until next time!
Robin

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