April 12, 2018
by Forest EU

EU ban on snus ‘valid’, says ECJ’s Advocate General

“The current prohibition incomprehensibly limits options for smokers”, responds smokers’ campaign

BRUSSELS, Thursday 12 April 2018 – Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued an opinion today that the EU’s ban on snus, an oral tobacco product, is valid.

Reacting to the conclusion of this opinion, Guillaume Périgois, director of the European smokers’ campaign Forest EU, said:

“We hope the ECJ will eventually decide to overturn the baffling EU ban on snus.

“The current prohibition incomprehensibly limits options for smokers.

“Adult consumers must be allowed to buy a wide range of nicotine products, some safer than others.”

Among other considerations, one excerpt of the Advocate General’s opinion reads:

“Concerning the difference in treatment to that of tobacco for smoking, the Advocate General observes that unlike tobacco for smoking, tobacco for oral use is a novelty, which is why its prohibition avoids the creation of a new source of addiction in view of the particular appeal that it might have for young people. Moreover, the Advocate General notes that the prohibition of tobacco for smoking would most likely lead to the emergence of a black market.”

The opinion is not final and the ECJ’s ruling is expected in Q2 or Q3 of 2018.


Note to editors:

  • For more information, please contact Forest EU Director Guillaume Périgois on +32 4 78 98 07 43 or at gp@forestonline.eu.
  • Forest EU is a lobby campaign informing smokers about issues that affect them in the European Union and engaging with stakeholders so the views of informed adults are taken into account within the EU’s decision-making process. Since 1979, Forest has been the leading voice in defending tobacco consumers and tolerant non-smokers. Forest EU doesn’t encourage smoking and doesn’t represent the tobacco industry. For more information, visit forestonline.eu.

Featured image: “Snus by Lisa Risager is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


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