6:42 pm: The tin smells like a teabag. A really strong teabag that has some tobacco in it. But yeah...tobacco tea. I'm sure they sell that in Texas or something.
6:43 pm: Okay, I'm gonna put one of them in my mouth. Under my upper lip, to be precise. I guess I just...leave the bag in there? I don't know, it seems weird to me, like, where is that bag gonna go?
6:44 pm: Okay, whoa. By "tingle" they must mean "burning sensation," because ow, this hurts. And the pouch is pretty much too big to fit behind my upper lip without part of it sticking out in front of my teeth. I have to keep my mouth in a certain awkward position to make the damn thing stay up there. I bet I look so cool.
6:49 pm: Okay, my gum doesn't hurt anymore; it is indeed simply tingling. But now my head hurts. How much nicotine, compared to a normal cigarette, am I getting anyway?
6:50 pm: And now I'm getting lightheaded. But this is kind of how I felt the first time I had (really had, as in inhaled, not just put in my mouth) a cigarette, so I don't know if this is the "typical" reaction or not. But I don't really like this, and what the hell is going to happen to the bag in thirty minutes? I thought there wasn't any spitting required, but I can't see how the bag itself is going to dissolve.
6:54 pm: Ashley says, "LOL it sounds like you're eating a warhead." But, you know, with lots of typos and stuff because it's Ashley.
6:55pm: You know, I had a big craving for nicotine before I tried the Snus, but now I can feel it somewhat subsiding. Like I still want one--my lungs seem to want that smoke--but overall I don't feel like I have to have one. As much. Sort of. I have a pouch beneath my lip.
By the way, that's what an unused Snus looks like.
7:07: Okay, so how's it working? Well I still feel the tingling. And when I really start craving a cigarette, my fingers start to tingle and my eyes feel like they're getting dry, both of which is still happening but not nearly as bad as it normally would be by now. The problem is that I still have that heavy feeling in my throat, in which (ironically) I feel like I can't breathe properly unless I smoke a cigarette. I think that comes more from the act of smoking than from the nicotine, though. So I guess the Snus is sort of working. I still don't know what to do with the damn pouch.
7:15 pm: Well, it's been thirty minutes. Time to de-Snus. As you can tell by the above picture, the aftertaste is awful. My gum feels...weird, and I vaguely taste the tobacco-tea-ness. Plus, there's still plenty of tobacco left in the pouch, which I promptly disposed of. I feel like either I did this wrong, you're supposed to keep it in your mouth for far longer than thirty minutes, or it's just a stupid product. I guess if I were stuck on a plane or something I would use Snus to help curb the cravings, but I still want to smoke an actual cigarette--it's that damn heavy-lungs thing. Maybe Snus just take time to really "work," but I can't see myself replacing cigarettes with them.
Oh well, at least they were free.