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Did a quick search on here and didn't find an appropriate thread so figured I'd start one.
What has your tobacco progression/journey involved?
I know from reading, and I'm currently on page 154/190 (in general) reading from the oldest -> newest, that many have come to snuff as a way to get away from cigarettes. I'm just wondering if there are those who instead got involved in the enjoyment of tobacco in other forms and are now considering becoming a primary snuff user as this is where I'm at.
I started enjoying premium cigars back in 2013 and it quickly became quite a hobby for me. I still am sitting on a fairly large selection, in my mind, of premium non-Cuban as well as Cuban cigars. I enjoyed the history and craft involved in the growing and production of cigars as well as the depth of flavors one could experience. As the wife and I started growing our family, as well as responsibilities at work/home, I dabbled in pipes. Pipes presented an interesting opportunity in that they consumed less time to enjoy and required less funds to enjoy per session. I specifically found smoking a bowl of pipe tobacco to be much more conducive once kids arrived on our scene as if I was interrupted at most I'd be out fractions of a dollar compared to at best $3-10+ for a cigar. Naturally, this meant I went to the pipe more often than cigars.
If anyone else has made the transition from cigars to pipes you'll probably know the only drawback is compared to simply cutting and lighting your cigar the pipe can be a bit fiddlier until you really get your technique down. Prior to snuff I'd probably consider myself interested in both cigars and pipes equally however used pipes more often due to the time factor.
Enter snuff. I learned of it from some fellow cigar/pipe enthusiasts and setup a trade with one who shipped me some samplings. That led to where I'm at today. I could see myself easily becoming a primarily snuff user due to the economic and time requirements to partake. One of the huge bonuses for me is that I can enjoy this hobby (I don't view my relationship with tobacco as an addiction) while at work. Even now, as I type this, I'm at work in a position that would never lend itself to smoking a pipe or cigar and even if attempted it would be rushed at best. I'm sitting here with a decent sized pinch of Rosinski Nordwind with a huge smile on my face. It is simply awesome. Not to mention the variety of snuff available, the community, the nostalgia, price, and probably most appealing of all the ease of portability and time necessary to partake.
Did anyone else have this transition? Don't get me wrong, I'm still quite fond of cigars and pipes but can see myself having made a complete reversal in my habits. It'd go 1) snuff, 2) pipes and 3) cigars. This isn't even touching upon the health benefits of snuff compared to cigars/pipes.