1. Thank New Sweden for its invention
Sweden’s New World colony, which existed in the mid-Atlantic, covering parts of both Jersey and Delaware, was short lived (admit it, nobody knows it happened). Tobacco began to enter Sweden from New Sweden in the middle of the 17th century. But, even while avoiding French and English merchants, tobacco was still too expensive for Joe Swede to smoke or snuff. So snus, a new blend of tobacco mixed with salt and water, was invented to meet the Swedish demand for tobacco.
2. This isn’t a new thing
In the past few years, Swedish snus has begun to appear on American shelves. And, while American attempts to mimic snus appeared in ‘90s, it’s been around in Scandinavia since the mid-19th century.