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Government abandons goal to end EU snus ban

Published onsdag 12 juni 2013 kl 17.20

The Swedish government is giving up its long-running attempt to get other EU countries to lift their bans on the sales of snus, or snuff tobacco, reports news agency TT. Sweden is the only country in the EU where snuff tobacco is sold. But a new EU tobacco directive may ban the use of certain additives often used in snus.

"The situation is very unclear," says Maria Larsson, the Minister for Children and the Elderly, who also represents Sweden in the EU negotiations around the new tobacco directive.

The government has revised its goal, from trying to get the EU to lift the ban on snus, to ensuring Sweden can decide how and what type of snus is sold in the country.

"We haven't been successful when it comes to the question of exports," Larsson says.

The new EU tobacco directive being negotiated in Brussels may contain language banning certain types of flavorings and other additives that are common in Swedish snuff.

The EU countries' ministers who are responsible for negotiations on the tobacco directive will meet in Luxembourg in late June to continue negotiations.

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