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....
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.
When the New York City Council voted overwhelming to ban flavored tobacco in NYC, no one believed it would go anywhere and if it did, it would only affect cigarettes. When the Little General of New York, His Highness Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the ban in October of 2009, people rolled their eyes and went about their business. Just more New York Crazy. More important things to worry about like how the Yankees and Mets are doing.
I was not one of those dismissing the tobacco flavor ban out of hand. Bloomberg has a habit of banning anything he doesn't personally like whether he has the legal authority or not. He has a lot of money and is used to getting what he wants. What the New York City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law was an ordinance banning the sale of all tobacco products (excluding cigarettes.....) that contain a characterizing flavor other than menthol, mint or wintergreen.
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