New law makes snus users pay more for less

Users of snus, or moist snuff, will get less for their money as manufacturers reduced pouch content by ten percent when the tax on tobacco was raised at the beginning of the year.

New law makes snus users pay more for less

“We do not want to burden our consumers with tax on snus and for that reason we have chosen to reduce the weight of the contents of our products,” said Patrick Hildingsson, Information officer at manufacturers Swedish Match to news agency TT.

The weight of a pouch of snus used to be 1 gramme but has now been reduced to 0.9 grammes at the same time as the price was raised from 47 to 49 kronor – meaning that users get ten percent less, while paying more.

The change has angered Swedish snus enthusiasts, despite the company claiming it is done for the sake of customers.

“It isn’t too great, is it? If they are increasing the price that shouldn’t affect the content,” said one customer to TV4 News in Gothenburg.

“I think it is bad form. You are paying for it. It was the same thing with cigarettes before, although the reduced content of the pack meant you ended up paying more. So I think it is definitely bad form,” another said.

But at Swedish Match they say that it is common practice to do what they have done and that the raised price is due to an increased competition on the market.

“We have to balance our commitment towards our consumers and also fend off our competitors whilst still maintaining our profitability,” said Hildingsson.

Snus is a moist powder tobacco product, consumed by placing either a pre-packed pouch portion or loose pinch under the lip for extended periods of time.

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Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority

Two Swedish citizens are suspected in connection with last week’s explosion at the Danish Tax Agency. One of the two is in police custody.

Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority
Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov addresses the press. Photo: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov confirmed the arrests to press on Wednesday morning.

“Both individuals are suspected of carrying out the detonation at the Tax Agency,” Skov said.

One man, aged 22, was arrested in Swedish city Malmö on Tuesday and will be extradited to Denmark. Once he reaches Copenhagen he will appear for preliminary court proceedings, which the prosecution will request take place behind closed doors.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten reports the 22-year-old has no previous criminal convictions in the country.

The second man, a 23-year-old, is yet to be detained but an international arrest warrant for him has been issued, Skov said.

“During the night, we also searched several addresses in Sweden. We hereby confiscated what we believe to be a car used by the suspects,” he said.

“We have one suspect on the loose, which means we must be careful about what we say, out of consideration for the investigation,” he added.

The superintendent did not add any detail about how police were able to connect the two individuals to the August 6th explosion.

Skov also stressed that police do not believe the tax authority blast to be connected to a similar incident at a police station in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood in the early hours of Saturday.

“There is nothing to suggest (a connection),” he said.