Snuff was discovered on Christopher Columbus’s second voyage to the Americas in 1492.  He stumbled across the Taino-Indians in Haiti using it through large Y-shaped tubes but wasn’t until 1620 that Europe saw its first snuff factory open, which was in Sevilla, Spain.  It became widespread in England in 1660 when Charles II introduced it. In 1690, it was introduced into China where the snuff bottle was invented.

By the 18th century snuff taking became very popular and widespread throughout the world and the sound of sneezing became very common. Snuff’s popularity carried on throughout the 19th century especially in China where millions of snuff bottles existed. During the 20th century, the use of snuff started to decline as this was due to the popularity of the cigarette and in China the Qing Dynasty outlawed Snuff in 1949 as a decadent habit. 

With the ban on cigarettes smoking in numerous places around the world, we could actually see an increase in snuff taking once again, especially as the health affects are a lot less than cigarette smoking.

What exactly is Snuff?

Snuff is a finely ground crushed tobacco which is "snuffed" through the nose or placed between the cheek and gum. It is referred to as a type of smokeless tobacco.

European snuff is usually flavoured or scented.  Typical flavours include floral, mentholated, fruit, spice, spearmint, cinnamon, rose and camphor. More modern flavours include cola, whisky, bourbon and cherry.

Snuff actually means Dry/European nasal stuff.  The Americans refer to it as dipping tobacco.


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