I'm tired of lurking and have decided to join this forum and introduce myself. My name is Bill, I recently turned 28, and I'm a Union Sheet Metal Worker living just outside of Chicago. With the new Illinois anti-smoking law coming into affect in less than two months, I have been desperately seeking alternatives. I have tried just about everything; Chew, dip, hard snuff, smokeless cigarettes...you name it. I didn't really enjoy any of those. I'm not looking to quit using tobacco. I really enjoy using the stuff and I feel it's my right to do so. Though, I can understand how non-smokers wouldn't want to be forced to share our habits. Anyway, I think finally found something I may enjoy more than smoking, and that something is nasal snuff. It seems less risky has far as health is concerned, I can keep it to myself, and it's a great conversation starter.
I tried my first bit of snuff last weekend when my order came in the mail. My first snuff was the Ozona Cherry and Raspberry. Now, when I placed my order, I was expecting all fruit and no menthol (poor website description). The only analogy that comes to mind is standing in line to meet Richard Simmons, only to find out he was merely the doorman to Helga's House of Pain. I think I shed fewer tears the first time I saw the movie Old Yeller. I really don't care for menthol at all. I didn't like it in my cigarettes and I certainly don't care for it to be in my snuff. I don't even like to use Halls cough drops. Still, I can't stand throw the stuff away, so I aired it out a little and have been using it in small doses. I've had no more than 5 cigarettes per day since I started with the snuff (down from 1 pack per day).
I ended up ordering a Poschl variety sampler which has yet to arrive. Though, I hear pretty much all of their products are mentholated. Great! More stuff to use sparingly! After I found that out, I decided to order Toque Chocolate and Espresso flavors. I also ordered some McChyrstals Appricott and Raspberry. I may have ordered some Wilson's Best SP too, but don't remember. None of these have arrived yet, but I can't wait to try them out.
If any of you have any snuff suggestions for a new guy to try, I'd love to hear them. I do like the idea of fruit scents, but without the menthol. I would also be interested in some snuffs that have more of a plain or tobacco taste to them. Anything that reminds me of walking into a fine cigar shop would be totally suitable for me. So far, I really do like the grind and moisture of the Ozona snuffs. It seems easy to control. But, I don't really have any basis for comparrison just yet. Anyway, I'd love to hear some suggestions.
PS- If anyone knows a way to order some Smith & Sons Cafe Royal and have it shipped to the U.S., I'm really dying to try some!!!