Earlier today, Denmark announced that it will be giving in to the pressure of the EU and plans enforce a ban on smokeless tobacco, meaning that snus will no longer be allowed to be sold in Denmark. Although portioned snus was already banned in Denmark, loose snus was still available at many stores.
The good news however is that customers will still be able to order snus from Northerner, as importing snus for personal use will remain legal. Personally, I’m quite sad to see this happen as I truly feel that snus is a much safer alternative to cigarette smoking. I’m glad that some of the other political parties in Denmark have vowed to fight the ban, and I hope that they are successful in their efforts to do so. Below is a news article containing some of the more important information regarding the ban.
The government has decided to give in to EU demands that all forms of snus, a type of chewing tobacco, be banned in Denmark. The capitulation comes following a formal notice in June from the EU Commission warning that Denmark would be hauled before the courts in violation of the EU tobacco directive prohibiting the sale of tobacco for oral use.
“The Danish government noted the commission’s assessment and decided to submit a bill by the end of March 2013 banning the sale of loose snus in Denmark,” the health minister, Astrid Krag (Socialistisk Folkeparti), wrote in a note to the European Affairs Committee.
It is currently legal to sell loose snus in Denmark. The small pouches are banned. The EU is demanding that all smokeless tobacco products be removed from the shelves in accordance with EU rules.
Venstre, Dansk Folkeparti, Liberal Alliance and Enhedslisten all said that they would not support the government’s effort to ban snus.
“Venstre could not support such a ban, which goes too far,” spokesperson Sophie Løhde told Information newspaper. “It will lead to a black market or people simply buying snus abroad.”
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