Snus, Tobacco and eCigarette Legislative information not published in other articles on SnusCentral.org
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.
The EU Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) July 10th 2013 vote on the next EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) ended in disaster for Reduced Harm advocates.
The fight is not over but the future of Swedish snus and e-cigarettes are now very much in doubt.
The Swedish Exemption on Snus remains. While an exemption for snus from upcoming EU flavoring bans was approved, an exemption on an ingredients ban was voted down thanks to UK MEP Linda McAvan.
Sweden seemed to believe it had support from McAvan to get an ingredients exemption which would continue to allow baking soda (fondly known as E500) to be used in Swedish snus.
Why should snusers care about a little baking soda in their snus? Without E500, one cannot extract nicotine from snus.
Maria Larsson's poor stategy of trading the Swedish snus ban for flavoring protection, a weak and myopic negotiating point to begin with, has driven Swedish snus to the very edge of snus disaster.
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.
Charles D. Connor, President and CEO of the American Lung Association, testified before a Senate Sub-committee on Military Funding that "tobacco is an enemy of combat readiness". Connor should know because, states the ALA press release, "as a retired Navy Captain he has seen first-hand the health risks posed to our service people by things like tobacco use and exposure to toxic pollutants in the field of battle." Here we go again: pushing to ban ALL tobacco products by using the effects of just cigarettes (and battle field generated toxic pollutants) as justification.
A confidential document from the EU Commission´s Health Directorate leaked today has all of Sweden in an uproar. The document describes banning all flavors in tobacco products including Swedish Snus in the upcoming EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
“It would mean the end of Swedish snus,” said EU Parliamentarian Christofer Fjellner bluntly.
Fjellner's statement was echoed by Patrik Hildingsson, Swedish Match AB Vice President of Group Public Affairs-EU. “This would mean the end of Swedish snus as we know it today. For us, this affects our entire portfolio – a number of flavors that have been used for more than 200 years.”
The US Congress may be leaving Washington for more important things...like getting re-elected; the Government bureaucracy is proudly doing its best to ruin the country by continuing the War on Tobacco.
While the USPS runs $3BB in the red, Congress has refused to increase the price of stamps, and as more of our mail mysteriously never makes it to the final destination, FDA's Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and BATF's Prevent all Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT) continue to fight to keep all tobacco (including Swedish Snus but not Cigars) from being shipped via USPS. Did anyone at the Congressional Budget Office run the numbers to see how massive the amount of revenue this ban is costing the US postal service? It seems that cigarette and smokeless tobacco smuggling terrorists only use the USPS: they have never heard of UPS, FedEx, DHL, or even U-Haul. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE....
Your tobacco tax dollars are at work! The FDA Minister of Propoganda has developed this widget to keep you informed of why they are right and Swedish snus experts are wrong. Isn't it great how we Amerikans are paying for anti-all-tobacco extremist and special interest advertising?
More "good" news from our friends at FDA. Cigarette or smokeless tobacco sales to minors have been and already are illegal. I guess the message isn't getting through to "the children". Is it the American educational system, poor parenting, or can the kids just not hear the message because they are listening to music on their iPods?
Whatever the cause, Big Government to the rescue! All I see is a lot of money being squandered, new Government Jobs, and another series of kicks at the Free Market. Here is what FDA did for the children and to American tax-payers; tobacco using and non-using alike.
Welcome to Amerika 2010.
The PACT Act, legislation to ban the sale of ALL tobacco products over the Internet, has been quietly moving forward. Back on September 21, 2008, SnusCENTRAL.org published an incredibly incisive and brilliantly written detailed article entitled Cigarettes, Snus; ALL Tobacco (except Cigars): Internet Purchases to be BANNED in the USA???? The bill didn't make it through the the 110th Congress before the Session ended. It was quickly re-introduced during the current 111th Congressional Session to some but little fanfare.
President Obama today signed the Kennedy/Waxman so-called Family Smoking Prevention and tobacco Control Act into law. The new tobacco law neither helps family smoking prevention or controls tobacco. This law is an embarrassment of favors to Philip Morris USA, other tobacco special interests groups, and an attempt to pander to the anti-tobacco zealots. It's very flawed; it didn't have to be; and we will pay the price.
The following is from the Official White House Website. Normally, we would just post a link to the article but since the Government doesn't advertise on their sites and our tax dollars pay for the US Government Websites, We're bringing the White House to you.....
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