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Aug 16, 2010

Author Mick HellwigAs my Grandpa used to say “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades”. (Who plays horseshoes anymore?)

Being in a big city that RJR seems to like to abuse with new products, Camel SNUS Robust and Winterchill hit the shelves here last week. I despise wintergreen with a passion that makes my dislike of licorice look weak, so I avoided the Winterchill, and after tasting the Robust I definitely won’t be trying Winterchill.

The new cans are pretty nifty looking (who says “nifty” anymore?) not counting the horrid new government required health warnings that take up the bottom third of the front and back of the can. The SNUS pouches are actually quite large. I compared them to a portion of Lab Series 01 and the Camel is about 10% larger, just a tad longer and wider. I would estimate there is a bit over 1 gram of tobacco per pouch. They are very dry, not dusty, but much drier than even a white portion.

One thing that jumped out at me was the “best before” date. 09June2011. A year!??? Only a couple of Swedish snus claim longevity of flavor that far out. Granted the Camel tins are pretty sturdy and close very tightly, but a YEAR!!!????

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Posted: Aug 16, 2010 7:53pm
Aug 15, 2010

About five weeks ago, Reynolds American officially revealed the existence and national launch of two new Camel SNUS products: Camel Robust and Winterchill.  Further, they redesigned the cans for the now four Camel SNUS products and tweaked their marketing back to the themes they stressed in 2007.  Camel SNUS was not only a compliment to cigarettes as in the "When you can't smoke, SNUS" campaigns of late but also acknowledged that snus was invented in Sweden hundreds of years ago.  Borrowing a little from old Marlboro Snus advertising, Camel SNUS was now also "Swedish Snus....perfected."

Fortunately for all of us, Reynolds was much more restrained in promoting that impossible statement then they were when I was forced to detail outrageous claims and parsed words on the former versions of the Camel SNUS websites.  This is 2010 however, where the PACT Act and the Tobacco Control Act have hurt the price and availability of Internet snus and Swedish entrepreneurs; not manufacturers, are left to bring the truth about real snus to an American culture whose oral tobacco roots stop at dip and chewing tobacco.

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Posted: Aug 15, 2010 9:23pm
Aug 6, 2010
This Week in CTP -- Updates from the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)

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Posted: Aug 6, 2010 11:11am
Aug 5, 2010

Camel Robust SNUS - Bigger does not equal Better SNUS

The Camel Robust and Winterchill SNUS arrived in Mid-Missouri today. I bought a tin of the Camel Robust SNUS and when the sales clerk handed it to me I thought.... WOW! I read about this stuff here on SnusCentral, Snubie and Dr Snus!

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Posted: Aug 5, 2010 11:52am
Aug 5, 2010

The Camel Robust and Winterchill arrived in Mid-Missouri today. I bought a tin of the Camel Robust and when the sales clerk handed it to me I thought.... WOW! I read about this stuff here on SnusCentral, Snubie and Dr Snus!

The can was cold and the product was fresh and it available in my small town of 2,000 folks!  I walked out in the 98 degree (F) temperature with the cold tin in may paws, I thought that just maybe General Snus (SM) missed the boat and real snus is here in small town America. Got in the Jeep turned the A/C and open the tin of Camel Robust. It looked like a real white portion of snus. I started my little ritual of evenly distribute the snus in the white pouch and folding it length wise and tucked it in my upper lip. Then......

 

WTF! I putting this crap in the hummingbird feeder! Hell, it's only usable if you rinse off all the sugary sweetness with a liter of water. Is Camel ashamed of their tobacco and feel the need to hid the taste of their tobacco behind the sugary content? Have they learned nothing? Did the research department grow up on Sugar Pops and Frosted Flakes?

 

OK, I feel better, my rant is over. I'm just so disappointed.... again. 

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Posted: Aug 5, 2010 11:52am
Jul 26, 2010

DEVELOPING:  An official at Reynolds American today confirmed that the new Camel SNUS Robust and Camel SNUS Winterchill are in the national distribution pipeline.  All Camel SNUS retailers should have the product if Camel SNUS roBUSTnot now, then very shortly.

Detailed information on the new SNUS products has been made available to the SnusCIA by Reynolds.  Once the product is in hand and taste-tested, the full story will be released by Larry Waters of SnusCENTRAL.org.  Hopefully his taste buds will still be intact at that time.

Covertly yours,

The SnusCENTRAL Intelligence Agency
Fighting the Secret War for your Snus

 

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Posted: Jul 26, 2010 8:59am
Jul 26, 2010

 

DEVELOPING:  An official at Reynolds American today confirmed that the new Camel SNUS Robust and Camel SNUS Winterchill are in the national distribution pipeline.  All Camel SNUS retailers should have the product if Camel SNUS roBUSTnot now, then very shortly.

Detailed information on the new SNUS products has been made available to the SnusCIA by Reynolds.  Once the product is in hand and taste-tested, the full story will be released by Larry Waters of SnusCENTRAL.org.  Hopefully his taste buds will still be intact at that time.

UPDATE: 16 Aug 2010 - Click HERE for the Full Story on Camel SNUS Robust and Winterchill

Covertly yours,

The SnusCENTRAL Intelligence Agency
Fighting the Secret War for your Snus

 

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Posted: Jul 26, 2010 8:59am
Jul 21, 2010

Obama Hears a “Help!”

A satirical poem by R.R. Hubbard
(With apologies to Dr. Seuss)


On the fifteenth of May, in the County of Cook,
Swimming in the green pool of money he took,
He was splashing…concocting more ploys …
When Barack Obama heard a small noise.

Obama stopped splashing. He looked towards the sound.
“That’s funny,” thought Barry. “There’s no one around.”
Then he heard it again! Just a very faint yelp
As if some tiny person were calling for help.
“I’ll help you,” said Obama. “But who are you? Where?”
He looked and he looked. He could see nothing there
But a small speck of dust blowing past though the air.

“I say!” murmured Barry. “I’ve never heard tell
Of a small speck of dust that is able to yell.
So you know what I think?…Why, I think that there must
Be some sort of nation on that small speck of dust!
Some sort of a country of very small size,
too small to be seen by a tyrant's brown eyes…

“…some poor little republic shaking with fear
That he’ll blow in the pool! He has no way to steer!
I’ll just have to crush him. Because, after all,
A nation's a nuisance, no matter how small.”

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Posted: Jul 21, 2010 1:58pm
Jul 20, 2010

Study: Snus more effective and prevalent than NRT for quitting smoking among Norwegian men

A new study (abstract below) found that snus (despite being demonized by anti-tobacco extremists and government health agencies worldwide) has helped far more Norwegian men quit smoking than have NRT products, and that snus has been more effective for smoking cessation than the use of NRT products (despite drug industry funded anti-tobacco groups and government health agencies aggressively urging smokers to use NRT products to quit smoking).

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Jul 20, 2010

Study: Snus more effective and prevalent than NRT for quitting smoking among Norwegian men

A new study (abstract below) found that snus (despite being demonized by anti-tobacco extremists and government health agencies worldwide) has helped far more Norwegian men quit smoking than have NRT products, and that snus has been more effective for smoking cessation than the use of NRT products (despite drug industry funded anti-tobacco groups and government health agencies aggressively urging smokers to use NRT products to quit smoking).

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