As many European customers know, bans on snus can make it difficult to obtain all of your favorite brands of snus in certain countries. Despite mounting evidence demonstrating that snus is substantially safer than cigarette smoking, European politicians continue to ban snus at the expense of public health. “Smoking is responsible for the deaths of about 700,000 people in the EU each year. It is no coincidence that the incidence of smoking- related diseases has dramatically decreased among Swedish men at a time when more and more of them are opting to use snus instead of cigarettes.”
The following piece from The European Voice is a great article which helps to highlight some of the benefits of snus over both cigarette smoking and traditional smokeless tobacco products.
The EU allows the sale of nasal snuff and chewing tobacco that are more hazardous than Swedish snuff.
In recent months, you have published a debate on cigarette labelling and also on whether the EU should continue to bar snus – Swedish snuff – beyond Sweden’s borders (“Cut out the smoke, reduce the risks” and “More tobacco is not the answer”, 16-22 May). I would like to add my voice to those who have pointed out that the ban on snus is difficult to understand from the point of view of science-based quantitative risk assessment, all the more so since the EU permits the sale of nasal snuff and chewing tobacco that are far more hazardous than the outlawed Swedish oral moist snuff.
The potentially most problematic substances in smokeless tobacco products are nitrosamines (TSNA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). The Swedish Food Federation recently commissioned a study of the presence of these from Eurofins, a world-leading corporation for food and pharmaceutical products testing. Its analysis of 27 smokeless tobacco products marketed within the EU revealed that, in comparison with Swedish snus, some of these products contained up to 30 times higher levels of readily absorbed TSNA and up to 400 times higher concentrations of the PAH carcinogen benzo(a)pyrene.
You can read the rest of the article on The European Voice here. As someone who supports the policy of tobacco harm reduction, I feel that this is a great article which helps bring awareness to the issue. If you live in the EU, I highly recommend writing a letter to your local politician and expressing your feelings on this issue. Since switching from smoking to snus, I have felt much healthier, and have no desire to smoke again; snus is just way too much better!