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Snuff suppliers anticipate smoke ban opportunity

Published on June 21st, 2007 17:06

Pub rules could move to snuff when the smoking ban enters into force, provoking a renewal of the peppery tobacco powder firstly in more than a century.

Snuff, which gives a swift hit of nicotine, was introduced to England more than 2 centuries ago and became popular as a tonic. It went out of fashion with the arrival of cigs in the 18th century.

From July 1, when smoking in inner public spaces starts to be illegal, some smokers are expected to turn to the sniffable, indoor variant of tobacco which is free of the rule.

Long ago snuff was always the preferable way of taking tobacco not of its smoking. It was only at the beginning of the 20th century when cigarettes took off that snuff vanished.

At least this method is acceptable for those smokers who wish to keep enjoying tobacco after the ban can deprive them of nicotine in a socially appropriate way that doesn't oblige them to stand outside in the rain.

However, experts have notified that snuff is as addictive as cigarettes and might augmant the risk of mouth and throat cancer.

The Department of Health said there is a substantial amount of evidence on the harmful effects of oral and nasal tobacco production like snuff.

The government's priority nowadays is to focus on burnt tobacco products, as the evidence is that smoking kills. Nevertheless, the Department of Health is keeping other tobacco products under review and is cooperating with the European Union on limitation of oral and nasal tobacco products.

Products such as snuff may become more popular when the smoke-free law enters into force. However, our main priority is to make nicotine-replacement products more willingly available.