EU committee votes to allow flavoured snus
The European Parliament's environment committee has voted for allowing Sweden to produce flavored versions of the oral tobacco snus, but it also determined that other additives, including potassium carbonate, should be banned.
The rulings on snus were part of a wider vote on tobacco products, including labeling on cigarette packs.
"I am very pleased. This shows that we take public health seriously and it is a strict regulation of cigarettes where we strongly limit possibilities of additives and all marketing tricks where you let people believe cigarettes are less dangerous than they actually are," Carl Schlyter of the Green Party told Swedish Radio News.
The new rules would mean that cigarette packs will have larger warning labels in the future as well as mandatory warning images covering 75 percent of the packs, explained Schlyter.
The environment committee also wants to retain the ban on exports of snus from Sweden, a decision which Christoffer Fjellner of the Moderate Party described as "strange and sad".
"Unfortunately, the committee said that the current ban on selling snus in other parts of Europe should remain and that is strange and sad. It's like saying we'll ban wine in Europe, but we will allow vodka because cigarettes are allowed but snus will be banned in Europe in the future, too," said Fjellner.
The whole EU parliament will vote on the tobacco directive in September 2013.