Norway May Ban Swedish Snuff in Five Years

Photo: Tor Arm | Snus box with brand names obscured

According to TV2’s report, “National Council for Tobacco Prevention expects the number of diseases that are related to snuff will continue to increase”, writes the Council in a report to Ministry of Health and Care.

The council advised that sales of snuss should be prohibited after 2017, just as it is now banned in all EU countries except Sweden.

One in three young Norwegian use snus regularly, according to a survey from autumn 2011. Council expresses concern for increasing use of snuff in Norway.

About Swedish Snuff (Snus)

Swedish snuff, is a moist powder tobacco product originated from a variant of dry snuff in the early 19th century in Sweden, consumed by placing it under the lip for extended periods of time. The precursor of snus, the dry form of snuff inhaled through the nose, was introduced in Europe much earlier. Snus is a form of snuff that is used in a manner similar to American dipping tobacco, but typically does not result in the need for spitting. Snus is also unique in that it is steam-pasteurized rather than fire-cured, is not fermented and contains no added sugar. The sale of snus is illegal in the European Union, but due to exemptions, it is still manufactured and consumed primarily in Norway and Sweden.

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