With the ban on smoking in public places imminent, snuff is making a comeback.
Whilst most pub going smokers have reluctantly accepted that a puff in the open air will be the only way to enjoy their habit, others have decided that a snort and a pint might just be the way to go!
Once snuff was the preserve of the elite. Now, with major names such as Red Bull promoting their snuff, it's just possible that this old fashioned nicotine fix could soon be replacing the roll-up at the bar.
Snuff was the original way to enjoy tobacco. A small pinch of the fine powder is placed at the base of the thumb then sniffed into the nostrils. Sneezing often follows, particularly by new-comers to this ancient art!
Snuff is produced by grinding tobacco leaves in a mill, then it is sieved. Oils and flavours are added before the snuff is left to mature. As well as traditional and mentholated varieties, chocolate flavours have been introduced to in an attempt woo lady users.
A snort of snuff delivers the user a far bigger hit of nicotine than a cigarette. However, it's users do not run the risk of lung cancer. Although cancer of the nose is being talked of as a possibility, there have never been any reported cases.
Alongside their displays of snuff, some licensees are now selling nicotine patches, gum and inhalers.
Surely an idea not to be sniffed at!