Vice Squad
Monday, April 05, 2004
 
Snus Bans in the European Union


No, that is not a typo in the headline: "snus" is a form of smokeless tobacco (snuff), popular in Sweden and made famous in the rest of the world by this previous Vice Squad post. Snus is banned in EU countries other than Sweden, but that ban is being challenged by Swedish Match, a leading snus producer, in two cases before the European Court of Justice. Given recent efforts to smooth the intra-EU flow of alcohol intended for personal consumption, Swedish Match might have a strong case come the June ECJ hearings. Among their arguments, Swedish Match points to the potential health benefits that would accrue from a substitution of snus for cigarettes by Europe's current smokers.

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