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Hola friends! I know it has been a while since I graced these pages with an article, but there have been things going on. I am not going to go into it here, as it is not the time or the place, but rest assured, I am back with more hard hitting articles, and the usual childish humour I hope you have all come to enjoy.
I have been thinking about a lot of stuff lately, one of the things I thought about after one particularly hideous nightmare was, "what if I couldn't get snus? Ever!". After waking in a cold sweat, I came downstairs and went through my usual insomnia ritual, I took a pinch of snuff, made a herbal tea (don't judge me) and then took another toot of snuff.
[UPDATED] For a snus not even yet released as of this writing, General Kardus Selection 2015 has caused quite an uproar around the world. In Norway, the entire allocation of General Kardus 2015 has already been pre-sold!
After being sworn to secrecy, I was briefed on General Kardus during my visit to the Swedish Match offices in Stockholm in September 2014. All the information on General Kardus Selection 2015 was embargoed until Friday, 28 November 14. At least that was the plan.
On Wednesday, 26 November, Norweigen eTabloid Side3.no blasted out photos and information contained in the Swedish Match Press Kit. They were followed the next day by Dagligvarehandelen, a weekly industry newspaper for convenience stores and other CPG stores in Norway.
To say I was unhappy would be an understatement. Since the information unofficially released couldn't be fact-checked, there were a number of errors. I don't like errors.
I was also very unhappy with my own SnusCENTRAL Intelligence Agency (SnusCIA) for not only being caught off-guard, but for not getting me early copies of the final graphics.
Now that I officially know, here's everything you need to know about Kardus and General Kardus Selection 2015...
17 Nov 2014 - Breaking News: Swedish Match AB, the world's largest manufacturer of Swedish Snus, will announce this morning that if the Swedish Parliament votes to raise the excise tax on snus, Swedish Match will be forced to respond in kind with price increases for all their their snus products.
If history is any indicator, it is likely other Swedish manufacturers of snus will also raise their prices...
Swedish Snus manufacturer Gotlandssnus AB, makers of the Jakobssons, Gotlands, and Gotlandssnus brands of snus, suffered a defeat at the hands of the US FDA, a source in Sweden reported.
Gotlandssnus has been selling the Jakobsson's brand of snus over-the-counter in a limited number of US stores for the past two years.
You may have recently seen in the news and on SnusCentral.org that the EU is suing Denmark for continuing to sell snus. Denmark sells snus? Isn't snus banned throughout the EU with the exception of Sweden? Well, yes and no; yes in that it is banned, but Denmark has continued to sell loose snus.
How has this happened I hear you cry? Well loose snus was legal in Denmark despite the TPD banning oral tobacco that wasn't chewed, only portion snus was banned (I can't actually work that one out and I haven't found anything online saying why).
Denmark decided to enact legislation banning the sale of loose snus by March 2013 following a threat from the EU in October 2012 to haul them before the courts for continuing to allow the sale of snus. Denmark put the proposal before its parliament and they voted to not ban snus. The simply were not going to be bullied by the EU so loose snus sales continued....
Swedish Match has a snazzy new look for their Nick & Johnny brand. The can, as you can see in the picture, has raised lettering that looks as though it was sleekly brushed on by hand. I could see this snus can in James Dean's back pocket...
Updated 18 August 2015 - NOTE: This story was originally published on 29 September 2014 during the first FDA Public Comment Period on the General Snus MRTPA. Fast forward almost 11 months and we are reaching the 31 August 2015 for the second and final Public Comment Period. If you haven't already acted, now is the time to do so.
This article contains my 2014 statement to FDA which was published in the Federal Register. It was just my snus story from the heart. This is what FDA needs see.
You can then review my 30 July 2015 General Snus MRTPA update for instructions on how to get your opinion on the record. This is our last chance!
American snus users, close your eyes and visualize the Swedish snus selection (if any) at your local tobacco store or convenience store today. Then imagine one day having a snus store like this at your local mall......
The General Snus Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application to FDA was the subject of this call to action for snus users in the USA. Swedish Snus Ambassador to the United States Larry Waters was the guest on this Snus Podcast.
Larry and Chad discussed what the General Snus MRTP application means for the future of Swedish snus in the US and why every single American snuser must weigh in with FDA very quickly.
Moe Unz, legendary Manager of the SnusCentral.com Snus Shop was also a scheduled guest.
- About SnusCentral.org- About Larry Waters- About Moe Unz (biography in progess)
STOCKHOLM: Swedish Match AB is discontinuing production of General Long Extra Strong Portion Snus and General Long White Portion Extra Strong Snus; this according to a SnusCENTRAL Intelligence Agency (SnusCIA) asset in Stockholm.
Both are being replaced with General G.3 Slim Extra Strong Portion Snus and General G.3 Slim White ES portion. The G.3 snuses will be sold over the counter in Norway and via internet snus stores like the famous SnusCentral.com Snus Shop.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the G.3 snus products could be NatraFibe versions of their predecessors. NutraFibe is a plant based additive to the snus which makes the portions more comfortable in the mouth. The story of NatraFibe can be found in this exclusive investigative article by Mick Hellwig; NatuFibe by Swedish Match; Snus Boon or Snake Oil?
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