After the recent scandal involving former EU Health Minister John Dalli, Swedish Match released a press release outlining their stance regarding the illegal acts. Below is are the key points of the press release:
Swedish Match takes this incident very seriously. The incident was promptly reported to the European Commission, and the report from the Anti-Fraud Office has confirmed that the notification was warranted and that a thorough investigation has been conducted.
Swedish Match expects that the European Commission in the future will ensure a transparent and legally fair process for the proposal of a new Tobacco Products Directive which is expected during the autumn.
Swedish Match expects that proven scientific facts regarding snus, including the well documented significantly lower health risks compared to cigarettes which are allowed in the EU, are considered in a continued fair legal process for the proposal of a new Tobacco Products Directive.
I truly hope that transparent and fair processes are involved in future government descision making regarding tobacco harm reduction policies (both in the EU and worldwide), as it is sorely lacking today. I also hope that this autumn, the government both recognizes and implements a new Tobacco Products Directive which highlights the benefits of having cigarette smokers switch to less harmful alternatives such as Swedish Snus.