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eu tobacco legislation

Sweden can keep "snus" the way it wants

Published fredag 21 juni 2013 kl 15.50
Flavored "snus"

Swedish Radio News reports that Swedes will be allowed to keep their “snus” the way they like it, or at least the way it will be regulated by Swedish legislation.

Snus is a form of moist oral tobacco. Popular in Sweden (and previously in its Nordic neighbors), it’s banned in European Union. But when Sweden joined the EU it was given an exemption to keep the traditional product.

Health Minister Maria Larsson tells Swedish Radio News that the current meeting of the EU’s Council of Ministers in Luxembourg has agreed to exempt snus from new restrictions on what kind of additives can be used with tobacco products. Had the exemption not been granted, many popular forms of snus would have been taken off the market.

The proposal for new tobacco legislation now goes to the European Parliament and the governments of the member countries for final approval.

Ever since joining the EU, Sweden has been trying to gain approval for exports to other EU countries, arguing that snus is far less dangerous than most tobacco products that are sold freely.

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