Smokeless tobacco such as Snuff is one of these alternatives and judging by the surge in popularity it is one that people are sticking with.
We are going to be looking at both cigarettes and snuff to compare them and hopefully give the reader a better understanding of the choices they have when it comes to tobacco products.
Of course the main difference between the two is the way that you get the nicotine from the tobacco into your system. Cigarettes allow the nicotine to enter the blood stream after being absorbed through the lungs whereas snuff is inhaled through the nose and enters the blood stream through the mucous membrane.
Cigarette production contains a greater number of chemicals whereas with Snuff you are getting a purer tobacco product and while any tobacco product will carry some degree of risk, smoking cigarettes carries a considerably higher risk of cancer as well as coronary heart disease, strokes, peripheral vascular disease and cerebrovascular disease.
As far as costs go a 21g tin of McChrystals Original & Genuine costs round £4 which, depending on usage can generally last upwards of a week. When you compare that price next to the price of a 20 pack of Marlborough Red King Size at £8.74 (Current price comparison using mysupermarket.co.uk) you can see the difference. With cigarette prices rising at an astronomical rate it is little wonder that so many people are turning their back on it. As well as being more expensive they have been proved to carry more long and short term health risks in comparison to snuff tobacco.
Finally when you compare the experience of smoking versus the smokeless tobacco options there are also real differences. The enjoyment associated with smoking tends more to be aligned with the relief at getting your nicotine fix and being able to satisfy your habit. Snuff Tobacco offers users the opportunity to not only get their nicotine intake but also enjoy a variety of styles and flavours including Absinthe, Almond Toast, Apricot, Berwick Brown, Blueberry, Blueberry Menthol, Bourbon, Camphor and Clove, Champagne, Cheese and Bacon, Cherry, Cherry Menthol, Chocolate, Christmas Pudding, Coke, Espresso, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lime Toast, Menthol, Natural Toast, Peach, Peanut Butter, Peppermint, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Raspberry Menthol, Rose, Spanish Gem, Strawberry, Toast & Marmalade, Toffee, Vanilla, Violet and Whisky & Honey. As you can see from this substantial list that only covers a fraction of the options available to you, snuff tobacco provides a far greater experience for its users.