January 25, 2018
by Forest EU

Snus: smokers’ lobby urges ECJ to lift the EU ban

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

BRUSSELS, Thursday 25 January 2018 – The European Court of Justice (ECJ) held a hearing today in Luxembourg on a challenge brought against the EU’s ban on #snus.

Snus is a form of smokeless tobacco that is currently banned in the EU except in Sweden where it is hugely popular and has been for decades. Stockholm managed to negotiate an exemption from the ban when it joined the EU in 1995.

A growing number of voices have started to champion snus as part of a harm reduction initiative and hope the ban will eventually be overturn throughout the EU.

Welcoming the ECJ hearing, Guillaume Périgois, director of the European smokers’ lobby campaign Forest EU, said:

“It was very disappointing to note that representatives from the European parliament, European Commission, British and Norwegian governments argued against lifting the ban on snus today.

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

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

“Snus should be legalised in order to give smokers more choices; snus shouldn’t be legalised in a push to further control and limit the options of smokers.”

Forest EU hopes the ECJ will make the right decision on 12 April 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 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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