On September 29th at the monthly SnusCENTRAL Press Conference, it was announced among other exciting news that two new Columnists were joining SnusCENTRAL.org in it's mission to further the true and factual news about the value of reduced harm tobacco products. The first Columnist revealed was Lars-Erik Rutqvist, MD, PhD. Dr. Rutqvist is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Swedish Match AB and one of the world's leading authorities on tobacco and reduced harm tobacco products.
Today, the name of the second new Columnist was disclosed. Mick Hellwig is a Founding Member of SnusCENTRAL and a prolific writer. His well over 1000 posts on the SnusCENTRAL Forum demonstrate how much he loves helping those new to snus and anyone else with questions and information.
He wrote a review on Discreet Snus worthy of the Larry Waters and Friends Snus Review Section a while back. He truly is an excellent and engaging writer.
Mr. Hellwig is also known for his opinions, his passions, and not being shy about expressing them. You may not agree with him or you may become one of the Legion of HELLwigers. One thing you will not be is bored or misinformed.
Big Mick, as we lovingly call him here, is meticulous in his research and has been a go-to for me on areas I'm not familiar with or if I need an objective second opinion.
Mick will writing on Snus, both Swedish and American, Nasal Snuff, and "stuff ". Other than tobacco politics, I'm frankly not quite sure what the other "stuff" is but it will tie into tobacco somehow...or maybe not. Big Mick is a loose cannon and I'm excited to have him firing away (as long as he doesn't hit my snus fridge!). Welcome aboard Mick, and God save us all.
LARRY WATERSActivist Snus LordShining the Light of Truth from SnusCENTRAL.org
A few months back, I commented how Philip Morris USA and Marlboro Snus had impressed me. The people at PMUSA must have read my remarks, recoiled in horror, and immediately changed gears. After all, if Larry Waters liked it, something must be wrong!
Welcome back snus lovers!
I recently took advantage of the beautiful weather and decided to take a walk in my favorite gardens to figure out which snus we should discuss next. While I was taking my constitutional, a colleague of mine had asked why I hadn't reviewed a loose snus lately. As I reflected on the question, I realized not only haven't we discussed a loose snus brand in a couple of months, we also haven't discussed a brand family either!
So I asked myself, which family should I review? Since it had been quite some time since we've done a family review, I wanted a snus that not only had all three varieties, loose (lös), white and original portion, I wanted it to be a snus that not a lot of Swedish Snus users had heard of or tried and one that had a bit of history behind it. That's when I thought of the Ettan family of snus.
Now I know what you're thinking, "Snus Guy! All Swedish snus has some history behind it! After all, snus was invented in Sweden over 200 years ago. What makes Ettan so special?" I'm glad you asked. Let's get into the review and you'll see what makes the Ettan family of snus so special!
Plano, Texas, July 12th, 2009 - SnusCENTRAL.org, the leading informational Snus, Swedish Snus, and Reduced Harm Tobacco website on the Internet announced last night that Kevin Toole; globally known and famous in the Snus world as Xobeloot has agreed to write an exclusive column for SnusCENTRAL.
The column is named "Xobeloot's Toolebox. Memoirs of Kevin Toole". Mr. Toole will also be a Forum Host on the SnusCENTRAL.org Member Forum.
Kevin Toole is something of a legend among snus users world-wide. As Xobeloot, he is credited with being a major factor in popularizing Danish Snus Maker V2 Tobacco and their brands around the globe. His own personal purchases of V2's Phantom Blue Snus alone financed the latest state-of-the-art expansion of the V2 Tobacco Snus Factory.
On the morning of July 2nd 2009 (GMT 1), both Swedish Match AB (SMAB) and Philip Morris International (PMI) had issued press releases confirming that SMAB had agreed to sell their South African operations in the form of Swedish Match South Africa (Proprietary) Limited (SMSA) to Philip Morris International [NYSE/Euronext Paris: PMI] for a purchase price amounting to 1.75 billion ZAR (the South African Rand.)
According to Forex Rates on July 3, 2009 11pm GMT, this would translate into $226,390,500 USD, slightly more than "roughly $222MM most often quoted in the press. Regardless; in either Rand, Dollar, or Krona, not a small chunk of change.
In browsing follow up articles to the Press Release on both the wire services and in other media, I was disappointed to find they provided little more than rehashes of the SMAB and PMI press releases.
The all-important WHY would SMAB sell SMSA, WHY would PMI be interested in buying SMSA, and most importantly to me, HOW does this affect Swedish Snus.....they were never addressed or even speculated on in the canned wire reports. More lazy journalism.
The Road Trip to Sweden Series: June 2009, chronicals Larry Waters' diplomatic mission to Stockholm and Gothenburg Sweden. Swedish Match AB "suggested" he come visit them concerning the Joakim/Markus in "alleged" captivity issue and some other things. SnusCENTRAL in Sweden: it wasn't like the old Danish invasions of centuries past, but comes pretty close!
During our tour of the Swedish Match Gothenburg Snus Factory, we were shown a number of places we were not allowed to photograph. For example, this photo is from the upper level shooting down to the Gothenburg factory production floor.
In a diplomatic coup, we were allowed to walk the production floor and get a close-up look at a number of things like how the Star Formations are made and placed in the snus cans. I was actually inches away from the legendary "rewetting process".
Absolutely no pictures were allowed on the production floor. This wasn't necessarily bad as the next photo illustrates how one dresses for a clean room environment. At this point we had left the production floor and taken off our sanitary hats. I won't describe the disinfecting process prior to dressing and there are no pictures of that happening which I know of. I won't even tell my wife the procedure.
They didn't always tell us we couldn't photograph something, but there were many times that as I pulled out my camera, I heard a Swedish Match Security Guard unholstering and cocking his pistol. When I put my camera away, I heard the firearm decocked and reholstered. I caught on pretty quickly.
One of the rooms at the Gothenburg Snus Factory we were not allowed to photograph or film was the Flavoring Room. Here, rows of sealed shiny stainless steel containers labeled with each Swedish Match snus name made in Gothenburg and containing the particular tobacco mix used in that brand received the flavoring which make each so unique.
I originally wrote this article on May 18th after the Tobacco Plus Expo in New Orleans. There just wasn't something right with it which kept me from publishing this article. I came back to it a few times but still didn't like it. Today, I realized what was bothering me, fixed it, and updated the article. So six weeks after version one, here it is for your reading pleasure!
According to sources which the SnusCENTRAL Intelligence Agency is blackmailing, SnusAB, the Swedish Snus Manufacturer which produces Grand Prix Snus for Liggett Vector, is bankrupt. This would certainly put a crimp in Grand Prix Snus distribution. Bad fortune for one can be good fortune for another, however. If SnusAB is folding completely or going through the Swedish equivalent of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy may be irrelevant to Liggett Vector. This could be their golden opportunity to revitalize the brand into something competitive.
As a police escort led my armoured limousine down Canal Street towards the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, you could still see the signs of Hurricane Katrina. Scattered condemned buildings; other homes and buildings still under reconstruction, but it was still New Orleans. Cracking the heavily tinted, bullet-proof window as we passed a group of restaurants, the mouth-watering aroma of Cajun food filled the limo. The old cemeteries with their beautiful, yet haunting mausoleums stood as though Katrina had never happened. It was good to be back.
Today was the opening day of Tobacco Plus Expo 2009; where tobacco and tobacco products manufacturers, distributors, retailers and VIP's like me gathered together, quoting the Show Directory, "Where relationships are established and business is done".
When is CAMEL Snus NOT Camel SNUS? When Camel Snus is made in Sweden by Japan Tobacco International (JTI); not by R.J. Reynolds in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
FROM: SnusCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY * Intelligence Briefing for 26 April 2009 *
CATEGORY: Outcome Unconfirmed but Solid Intel on Mr. UNZ
Part of the mission of the SnusCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY is to monitor the activities of all SnusCENTRAL personnel. No exceptions. Not even Mr. UNZ is exempt from scrutiny...at his own instruction.
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