Vice Squad
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Obligatory Snus Update

The smokeless tobacco snus, popular in Sweden (and non-European-Union-member Norway) but banned in the rest of the EU, hopes to see its Swedish popularity increase come June. That's when Sweden's public smoking ban, including bars and restaurants, comes into effect. A Swedish newspaper "noted that so-called "snus fridges" are being installed in many Swedish pubs and restaurants, replacing cigarette machines, with two major restaurant chains apparently ordering the dispensers for their sixty restaurants."

I still tend to think that the legalization of snus throughout the EU would be a good tobacco harm reduction measure. Among EU countries, the lowest lung cancer rate for males is recorded in Sweden.

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