Snuff: Is it harmful?

Have you ever wondered what snuff is? Is it a drug? You may have seen your grandparents or family members using snuff a few times, does that mean it is safe? Let’s find out more about snuff and what it is.

What is snuff?

Snuff is a smokeless tobacco made from ground-up or crushed tobacco leaves. It is inhaled, chewed or "snuffed" into the nose.  You may think that using snuff isn’t as bad as smoking cigarettes, but snuff has harmful and addictive ingredients such as nicotine that can affect your health.

What are effects on your body when you use snuff?

  • It can cause gum disease (you could lose your teeth)
  • You have a higher risk of cancer in the nose, tongue and mouth
  • It increases your risk of heart disease
  • It can make your teeth yellow
  • Gives you bad breath
  • Can give you high blood pressure

How do I quit?

Trying to quit something that you are addicted to can be difficult. Don’t stress! B-Wise has your back. If you want to quit using snuff, here are your options:

  • Ask an expert on
  • Call the National Council against Smoking QUIT Line on 011 720 3145 and ask for a support group near you.
  • Counselling: a counsellor or psychologist can help you develop healthier habits.

Even though snuff may be safer than smoking cigarettes, it can still have a bad effect on your body. If you are trying to quit smoking, you can check out our article on How to quit smoking.

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