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Government split over snuff

Published söndag 20 februari 2011 kl 17.34
Snus is somewhere between snuff and chewing tobacco

The Minister for Health and Social Affairs is stepping up the government's controversial campaign to get Sweden's 'snus' tobacco accepted within the European Union, according to broadsheet Svenska Dagbladet.

Minister Göran Hägglung, from the Christian Democrats, says that snus is "significantly less harmful than cigarettes" and should no longer be banned in the EU.

But Birgitta Rydberg, from the Liberal Party, and head of Stockholm county council's health care, says that it is time for the government to "stub out" its campaign for snus.

She says that the health advantages of snus are a myth, and goes on to describe Hägglund's campaign as PR-work for the tobacco industry.

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