Snus has the same risks for oral cancer as smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco or snuff but none of the risks for lung cancer and emphysema (8/26, A-1, “Tobacco trend comes to KC early; Smokeless Snus pouch is being test-marketed here. Health advocates see dangers.”). Sweden’s smoking rates went from 19 percent of the male population to 9 percent as smokers switched to snus.
Chicago Tribune columnist and editorial board member Steve Chapman wrote 13 months ago that the surgeon general’s refusal to say snus was safer than smoking was like saying there’s no difference between driving a Volvo or a motorcycle without a helmet.
Snus is an obvious alternative for bar owners to offer customers who want a nicotine fix with anti-smoking ordinances taking effect.