The Snuff Tobacco Reference

Menthol and Mentholated Snuff Tobacco

Menthol is a substance that in its standard form is a colorless crystalline solid and which has a minty taste and stimulates a localised cooling effect. It is obtained by processing mint oils or via a synthetic process, and has found uses including as a flavoring agent and medicinally.1 2 Menthol has in recent times been added to tobacco products including snuff tobaccos, and mentholated snuffs have a large share of various commercial snuff markets in the West and elsewhere.3 4 5 6


  1. Technical Bulletin 378: Commercial Possibilities of Japanese Mint in the United States as a Source of Natural Menthol. United States Department of Agriculture. 1933.
  2. The Pharmacopœia of the United States of America. Menthol. Seventh Revision; Page 258. 1893. Digitised version
  3. Tobacco Reporter. Success in Bavaria. Joe Sokohl. Volume 117; Number 9; Issue 1990-09; Page 32. 1990. Digitised version
  4. Tobacco. A Year for Agrressive Marketing. Sonia Roberts. Issue 1981-08; Pages 14–18. 1981. Digitised version
  5. Tobacco. Waiting for the Upturn in Snuff. Issue 1986-12; Pages 7–12. 1986. Digitised version
  6. Supply Chain Analysis at Swedish Match, South Africa. Hans Nilsson. Pages 73–74. 2007. Digitised version