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Sweden threatens 'all out war' if EU attacks snus

Sweden threatens 'all out war' if EU attacks snus

Published: 10 Dec 2012 13:54 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Dec 2012 13:54 GMT+01:00

"This has been a low intensity conflict for years," Björling told the TT news agency after leaving a one-hour meeting with Tonio Borg, the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy.

"Depending on what the directive actually says... we're facing all out war."

Björling also took up the free market aspect of snus - reportedly telling Borg that snus faces trade limitations on the common market.

Last week, Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet reported that the Commission wants all tobacco products to contain at least 85 percent tobacco. Swedish snus, however, only contains about 50 percent.

Björling said that Borg denied that the directive will demand more tobacco in tobacco products.

Sweden famously got a "snus exception" when it joined the Union in 1994. Some medical experts say the use of snus, which is placed under the top lip, explains the relatively low lung cancer rate of Swedish men who might otherwise be smoking cigarettes.

"I told him very specifically that the position they take on this must be based on science," Björling said.

"I do not think they've done that before, which is clear for example when they say that all snus causes cancer."

Björling handed a letter from several Swedish researchers to Borg during their meeting, according to TT.

"I can't expose my combat strategy yet. We have to get the MEPs to work for snus, we have to exert influence on other members of the Council, and basically target every level we can," Björling said.

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is scheduled to visit Brussels on Thursday for an EU summit.

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15:58 December 10, 2012 by Rishonim
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17:23 December 10, 2012 by johan rebel
Oooooh . . . . . the poor eurocrats must be quakling in their boots now.
20:33 December 10, 2012 by Corvinus
So how much do you think snus sales generate in taxes for Sweden then Rishonim? Seriously, engage brain before operating keyboard..
20:49 December 10, 2012 by Wertyx
@Rishonim I fully agree with you. All I take from this stupid politic is that my taxe money is spent on defending an unhealthy (not mentioning discussing) addiction instead of improving healthcare and real crime.
23:57 December 14, 2012 by Mbenzi
Corvinus and Rishonim - you stance is more unhealthy than snuff. I don't use it, because I don't like its taste. But people who do, pay for it out of their noses.

I take it you made a typo and meant "disgusting". It you did, you have the right to that opinion just as well as I find jewelry on men disgusting.

But I don't have to look at men's ear rings, and you don't have to kiss a snuffer.
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