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Not everyone is up to snuff

Monday, July 09, 2012 - 01:29

July 9 - The 18th annual Snuff World Championships takes place in Bavaria, Germany. Tara Cleary reports.

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There's nothing like a cold German beer … followed with a snuff chaser. Close to 300 men and women gathered in Peutenhausen -- Germany's powdered tobacco heartland -- for the 18th Snuff World Championships. The rules are simple, but not easy: stuff five grams of snuff up your nose in 60 seconds. Christian Knauer Jr. sniffed out the competition to win last year's championships. He says the challenge is nothing to sneeze at. SOUNDBITE: Christian Knauer Jr., 2011 title winner, saying (German): "It's like being a football player, he also wouldn't say after 90 minutes that his feet didn't hurt and it was just a nice walk. Instead you have to get into it. The nasal mucosa suffers a bit, but that goes away after a few minutes, then it's okay again." But for some, the tobacco seemed to snuff out their competitive spirit. While others weren't even prepared to tell their friends about their nose-stuffing adventures. SOUNDBITE: Wayne Smith, Team America, saying (English): "We keep it a secret. No, I tell them we're representing the United States of America in an international competition - a world championship." Many say the secret is to not stuff the tobacco all the way up your nose. And after a good rinse, competitors are soon up to snuff for the next round. Tara Cleary, Reuters.

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Not everyone is up to snuff

Monday, July 09, 2012 - 01:29