Why should you quit snus?

Quitting snus or quitting dipping is actually a smart choice. The health benefits are many: you get a healthier mouth and save a tidy sum to boot – money you can spend on a lot more fun and pleasant things than tobacco!

Snus is often seen as a healthier alternative to smoking. Many studies show that the effects of dipping on the body are less negative than those of smoking. But you can hardly say that snus is therapeutic. When you pack a lipper, you also absorb nicotine, toxins and other harmful substances.

Why should you quit snus?

Is it really dangerous to use dip?

The simple, quick answer is: yes, it’s bad for your health to dip.

That snus should have some form of healing powers is a myth. This assertion has probably gained traction because of the fact that snus is often made out to be a clever alternative to smoking, but it is simply false to claim that dipping is not dangerous.

Compared to smoking, snus can certainly be less harmful – dip is not inhaled, for one. In addition, as the tobacco in snus is not lit, a smaller amount of harmful substances are released. Fewer diseases can be clearly linked to snus as they can to cigarettes, and dipping does not disturb others or expose anyone other than the user to health risks.

But tobacco, nicotine and heavy metals (i.e. the substances you absorb through snus) are hardly things that your body needs or thrives on.

How snus can affect your health

Let’s have a look at some of the health risks that dipping is actually associated with:

  • When you’re dipping, your heart rate increases, which in turn strains the heart and blood vessels.
  • Strokes affecting snus users can be more severe than they would be for a non-snus user.
  • Snus users are more likely to get type 2 diabetes than non-snus users.

What are the benefits of quitting snus?

Getting rid of an addiction – no matter what it is – is always a great triumph and a victory for your health and well-being. Of course, this also applies to snus. Even if it feels difficult, maybe even impossible, you have everything to gain from kicking the habit.

  • You’ll improve your health. As we know, tobacco is a harmful substance that negatively affect your body. To quit dipping means reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and improving oral health.
  • You’ll get a nicer smile. Snus can discolour the enamel on your teeth and stain them yellow and brown. Many people describe the inability to smile unhindered as being emotionally draining and that it affects their ability to interact with other people. By quitting snus, you reduce the risk of discoloured teeth and can safely smile at the people around you.

  • You’ll save money. It can be a wake-up call to tally up the daily expenses for snus. One tin a day, which is a normal consumption, adds up to about SEK 15,000 - 20,000 a year (£1300-1750). Surely, there are more fun and better things to do for such a sum?

  • You’ll grow through the achievement of quitting. Yes, it is actually worth mentioning that it can be quite the boost for your self-confidence to quit dipping. At first, it feels almost impossible for a lot of people, so when you come out on the other side snus-free, you have every right to feel proud! Think about what you have accomplished with perseverance and willpower. You are a hero!