Although initial issues only sold 50 copies, circulation soon increased to 15,000. Fearing absorption into the mainstream music press, Perry ceased publication. In the last issues he encouraged his readers to follow him with their own punk fanzines. NME acclaimed "Sniffin' Glue" as "the nastiest, healthiest and funniest piece of press in the history of rock'n'roll habits" and it really became the true chronicle of the early days of British punk rock as well as pioneering the DIY punk ethic. Later, some called it the Bible of the punk movement. The final issue was accompanied with a flexi disc record of Mark Perry's band Alternative TV.
Often credited with the illustration featuring drawings of three chord shapes, captioned, "this is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band", this drawing actually originally appeared in another fanzine 'Sideburns' and was later reproduced in the Stranglers fanzine 'Strangled'
In 2000, Mark Perry published Sniffin' Glue: The Essential Punk Accessory, which is a compilation of all the issues of the fanzine with some new material written by him.