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....
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)
UPDATED 27 Aug 2014: Two months ago, Swedish Snus giant Swedish Match presented FDA with a formal application that the General Snus products sold over-the-counter (OTC) in the United States be reclassified as Modified Risk Tobacco Products (MRTP).
I wrote an article back in February 2009 entitled The Tobacco Control Act: Wasted Taxpayer Dollars and the new Tobacco Black Market. In the article, I previewed the first view of snus can labeling with the four now-required smokeless tobacco warning labels.
I also went on something of a rant as to how 3 of the 4 warnings did not apply to Swedish snus and drove away cigarette smokers looking for a safer nicotine alternative. Ignoring my arguments, FDA went forward with enacting the inaccurate (for Swedish snus) smokeless tobacco warning labels effective 22 June 2010.
In their MRTP application to FDA, Swedish Match made the same case...in a 100,000 page long application. Such is the challenge of justifying General Snus to FDA as being deserving MRTP status.
Guten tag snusers,
I have just come back from a rather excellent trip to Berlin, the capital of Germany. I go at least once a year as it is, quite simply, one of my favorite cities in the world.
It has always been one of my favorite places to visit. History and culture aside, there is a vibe about Berlin that I have only felt in a very few cities in the world.
Berlin holds a special significance for me, I am of the generation that learnt about East and West Germany in school, a divided Germany, and then witnessed unification. I can still remember 9th November 1989 and watching the Berlin wall fall on TV.
I have been to Berlin whilst the wall was up and after it fell. The wall has always held a massive fascination for me; seeing two very different worlds, side by side, separated by a wall (and the death strips) was just mind blowing.
The graffiti on the wall always intrigued me. It told so many stories, had so many messages for the oppressed people of the east, it always left a lasting impression on me.
I have made it a personal mission of mine to visit Berlin at least once a year for every year that I am on this earth. Every time I always manage to experience something new and every time it looks different...
Happy New Year snusers,
I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and that 2014 brings you everything you desire! As I am now starting to come out of a 2 week alcohol haze that would embarrass even Moe, I thought it time to do something else with my time other than drink.
Fans of General Snus will no doubt have heard about the new General Variation snus being released very soon. Larry has written an excellent article with all the info you need to know. I, for one, am excited about it but due to the snus ban remaining in effect following the TPD revisions (nothing set in stone just yet from what I know), the Swedish government not standing up and demanding the EU snus ban be lifted and instead simply accepting no ban on flavours (a very, well if it doesn't affect us then I don't care attitude), I won't be trying it anytime soon. A long weekend in Sweden is called for.
In September me and my long suffering other half took a well earned holiday to Spain, our destination, the wonderful city of Barcelona! I strongly suggest that you visit Catelonia's capital city. There is a great vibe to this city and we enjoyed it so much, we are going back again this year.
We decided to take in some late summer sun in Barcelona. We got a great deal on hotels and flights in November 2012; also my other half has never been to Spain, ever!
This is a person who regularly traveled the world with work and has lived and worked in Germany before, yet never visited Spain! I on the other hand, have had the pleasure of visiting Spain on a number of occasions, including Barcelona, so for once I was acting as tour guide.
In a nutshell we had a great time, I even managed to come back a slightly darker shade of pasty white!
We had long lunches, and even longer dinners late into the evening in typical Spanish style, i.e. lots of beer and finishing at around 1am, plenty of cafe solo and cafe con letche.
One thing that hasn’t changed in my many visits is the very normal way in which people in the Mediterranean sit in a cafe or bar and smoke like chimneys! When I smoked, I was one of them.
FDA Tobacco Czar Mitch Zeller, Ruler of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), has announced the first tobacco products to move through the long-awaited substantial equivalence (SE) process. Two new cigarettes from Lorillard, Newport Non-Menthol Gold Box 100s and Newport Non-Menthol Gold Box, were found by FDA to be substantially equivalent to predicate products and blessed with approvals. Four other unknown tobacco products were denied and put to the sword.
Of the 4000 tobacco products submitted to FDA for SE approval, all but about 500 are currently on the market in a provisional awaiting review status. Understandably, the manufacturers of those provisional products are rather anxious how they will fare when under review.
It would be helpful if FDA could have at least released the types of tobacco products rejected if not their manufacturers as well. That's probably why Congress forbid FDA from publicly sharing any information on rejected SE applications.Swedish snus; particularly those introduced in the US after the enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, have pending substantial equivalence applications. Swedish Match does have an advantage as a number of their snuses were grandfathered since they were available prior to the Tobacco Control Act cut-off.If Lorillard's two new cigarettes were approved on the basis that they are equally (but not more) dangerous than their pre-Tobacco Control Act predecessors, logically the same would hold true for the extremely less harmful than cigarettes Swedish Match snuses created both before and after Tobacco Control Act took effect .By not being able to tell us even what category of tobacco products the four rejected products fell under, Swedish snus and other reduced risk tobacco products continue to circle in a rather frustrating FDA holding pattern in the US.
Appointed in March 2013 as Tobacco Czar after the rather hasty departure of Dr. Lawrence 'Bopper' Deyton, Zeller has kept the tobacco community walking on egg shells.
I am sure I am not the only tobacco user who has heard from their doctor, their friends, or family, maybe even a few co-workers, “You should quit smoking.” Or, “Smoking is such a nasty habit.” Or the million and a half dozen other nasty little comments which non-tobacco users say to make you and I feel self conscious of our tobacco use. My personal favorite, “You know you are slowly killing yourself, and with every cigarette you smoke you, you cut X number of minutes off your life and put another nail in your coffin.”
Well I am not sure about what you say to these people, but I tend to answer them generally with a sweet smile and the same, “I smoke to keep the homicide rate down. And when I can’t smoke I will use my Swedish snus. Just realize harassing me about my tobacco use could be hazardous to YOUR health.”
I have written several articles for SnusCentral.org about how our government has become more and more of a ‘Nanny State.’ In general, I've addressed how much tobacco taxes they have charged us, health issues they have blamed on tobacco, such as urination incontinence. How our tobacco tax money, which we are told is to be spent on anti-tobacco advertising, tobacco related health issues, and half a dozen other anti-tobacco issues, is borrowed against and instead, spent on pet projects of the various politicians who claim to be in office protecting all of his or her constituents.
Funny how I as a tobacco user find they are happy to tax the hell out of my “pursuit of happiness,” and in turn, tell me my rights to that happiness is killing me and the children of the world and is slowly being taken away.
Brussels, 16 October 2012
Press statement on behalf of the European Commission
Commissioner John Dalli has today announced his resignation as a member of the Commission, with immediate effect.
Mr Dalli informed the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso of his decision following an investigation by OLAF, the EU's antifraud office, into a complaint made in May 2012 by the tobacco producer, Swedish Match. The company alleged that a Maltese entrepreneur had used his contacts with Mr Dalli to try to gain financial advantages from the company in return for seeking to influence a possible future legislative proposal on tobacco products, in particular on the EU export ban on snus . As soon as the Commission received the complaint it immediately requested OLAF to investigate.
The OLAF final report was sent to the Commission on 15 October. It found that the Maltese entrepreneur had approached the company using his contacts with Mr Dalli and sought to gain financial advantages in exchange for influence over a possible future legislative proposal on snus. No transaction was concluded between the company and the entrepreneur and no payment was made. The OLAF report did not find any conclusive evidence of the direct participation of Mr Dalli but did consider that he was aware of these events.
The OLAF report showed clearly that the European Commission's decision making process and the position of the services concerned has not been affected at all by the matters under investigation.
The final OLAF report and its recommendations are being sent by OLAF to the Attorney General of Malta. It will now be for the Maltese judiciary to decide how to follow up.
After the President informed Mr Dalli about the report received from OLAF, Mr Dalli decided to resign in order to be able to defend his reputation and that of the Commission. Mr Dalli categorically rejects these findings.
Mr Barroso has decided that Vice President Maros Sefcovic will take over the portfolio of Mr Dalli on an interim basis until a new Commissioner of Maltese nationality is appointed in accordance with article 246 (2) of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union.
Mr Giovanni Kessler, Director-General of OLAF will be available in the press room after the midday briefing tomorrow.
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