November 22, 2018
by Forest EU

Snus: EU court confirmation of ban “most disappointing”

“Not lifting this ban means that European adults’ will continue to be prevented from making important choices about their lives” said Forest EU.


BRUSSELS, Thursday 22 November 2018 – Forest EU has described today’s announcement that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) was standing by an EU ban on the sale of snus as “most disappointing”.

Guillaume Périgois, director of the European smokers’ group Forest EU, said:

“Not lifting this ban means that European adults’ will continue to be prevented from making important choices about their lives. This would hardly be helpful to anyone concerned.

“In order for adult consumers to have more choices, some safer than others, Forest EU is more determined than ever to continue its campaign to lift the ban on snus.”

Snus, a moist snuff tobacco product, is banned in all EU countries except Sweden, which gained an exemption when joining the bloc in 1995. Sweden has one of the lowest incidences of lung cancer and oral cancers in the EU.

–ENDS–


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 an 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 the rights of 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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