Snus, Tobacco and eCigarette Legislative information not published in other articles on SnusCentral.org
The following give the latest status on the current Congressional efforts to prohibit ALL Internet, Telephone, or Mail-Order delivery of Cigarettes and all Smokeless Tobacco Products including Snus to consumers within the United States of America. Cigars are of course, exempt.
TobaccoToday is running an article on the EU ban of Swedish Snus entitled "Is the EU Snus Ban A Political Issue? The author wonders if it's possible that politics; not science, are what drove the Snus Ban in the first place and continue to drive it to this day?
Mr. UNZ was happy to inform TobaccoToday of EXACTLY what was driving the EU Snus Ban. You can read the short article and Mr. UNZ's long and insightful reply by clicking on this link to TobaccoToday.
There is no question that the EU Swedish Snus ban is politically motivated. The only question remaining is whether Mr. UNZ can ever travel to the EU without being arrested?
Nonsmoking Nation is not a blog name you would associate with tobacco friendly nor should you. Her article, "Tobacco Regulation: A Deal with the Devil?" is an ominous look at current tobacco control legislation from the anti-tobacco side.
Mr. UNZ felt compelled to respond (of course) but the articles matter-of-fact discussion of FDA regulating the amount of nicotine which can be in a tobacco product is chilling. This article is a reality-check for all Scandinavian Snus lovers who are ignoring current US legislation as they believe it only affects cigarettes.....which we all quit when we took up real snus.
Current "tobacco control" legislation including regulation by FDA is something snus users in the United States can't afford to ignore any longer. It's becoming time for us to make our voices heard.
Tobacco Regulation: A Deal with the Devil?
SNUS MISSIONARY Cristofer Kjellner wants the EU Commission to review the tobacco directive so that snus would get same treatment as other tobacco products.
The following is a translation of an article which appeared in HBL Strasbourg compliments of SnusCENTRAL's SnusCIA Agent in Finland. A link to the original article appears at the bottom for those of you who speak Finnish.
SnusCENTRAL.org applauds the efforts of Swedish EU-Parliamentarian Cristofer Fjellner and his blunt comments concerning the EU Snus Ban in general and Finland's plans for a total ban on snus within Finland in particular.
This article appeared in the March 1st 2008 edition of the Gotlands Allehanda.
The Swedish tobacco industry has been producing snuff in its present form since the 1800s and the industry has annual sales in the current situation billions. Today, the Swedish snus is in principle only for Swedes and Norwegians. Health hazards surrounding snuff are under constant debate, but researchers have long agreed that the risks of snus is substantially less than for smoking.
Utah becomes the second US State after New York to propose legislation banning the Internet purchase of tobacco products in order to increase tobacco tax collection.
In 2008, Rep Weiner (D-NY) introduced the PACT Act in the US House of Representatives. The PACT act would make it a felony, not to order tobacco over the Internet, but for all common carriers to deliver it to residential customers within the United States. The Bill passed overwhelmingly in the House but did not have time to be considered by the US Senate before the end of the Congressional Session.
The Pact Act is expected to be reintroduced and passed in 2009.
The Utah Internet Tobacco Ban - Click HERE to Read More
The PACT Act of 2008 and it's ramifications - Click HERE to Read More
HELSINGIN SANOMATINTERNATIONAL EDITION
Finland, December 19, 2008
A committee on tobacco policy set up by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health to review a potential reform of the Tobacco Act handed in its report to Minister of Health and Social Services Paula Risikko (National Coalition Party) on Thursday.The report proposes a number of amendments, including a complete ban on passenger imports of smokeless tobacco or snus.
In order to reduce smoking among young people, the committee also proposed banning the display of tobacco on open shelves, selling tobacco products by vending machines, and criminalising the sale of tobacco to minors. Sponsorship by tobacco companies would also be outlawed.
The proposal for banning snus entirely is a response to Sweden’s failure to prevent the use of smokeless tobacco from spreading, reports Ilkka Oksala from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.”The use of snus has become popular particularly among young people in Finland”, Oksala adds.
The sale of smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all other Union member states with the exception of Sweden and its territorial waters.
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"This is a wake-up call for the public health community," says Gregory Connolly of Harvard School of Public Health. "It's a total sea change."
For smokers who can't light up in the office or at a restaurant, a new aspirin-sized tablet, called "Camel Orb," will let tobacco melt in their mouth. The dissolvable product — arriving January in stores in Portland, Ore., Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis — is the first such product by a major tobacco company and is part of a booming market in smokeless alternatives to cigarettes as smoke-free laws sweep the nation.
"It's meeting the needs of smokers," says Rob Dunham, of R.J. Reynolds, maker of Orb and Camel cigarettes. With lozenge-like Orb, he says there's no smoke, no spit, no litter.
In the past two years, the nation's two largest cigarette companies, R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris USA, have moved into the smokeless tobacco market as cigarette sales continue to fall. Each introduced smokeless pouches or "snus, " touted as spit-free products that sit inside the mouth. They also bought smokeless tobacco companies.
"We've been very pleased with the consumer response" to Marlboro Snus, says David Sutton, spokesman of Altria Group, which owns Philip Morris USA. He says smokeless is a "growing category" with sales rising 6%-8% annually. He says cigarette sales are falling 2%-3% each year.
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Mr. UNZ and Everyone at SnusCENTRAL.org welcome this long over-due decision by the Swedish Government. The EU's hasty and ill-conceived Swedish Snus Ban of 1992 made no logical sense at the time, made less sense as study after study continued to show the reduced harm value of Swedish Snus especially compared to Cigarettes, the import and export of which is not banned in the EU.
This should not be a drawn out process, as mentioned in the Swedish Match Press Release below, but especially in today's tough economic climate world-wide, but a quick and easy reversal. We wish the Swedish Government the best of luck.
Your Friends and Supporters at SnusCENTRAL.org & SnusCENTRAL.com
Swedish Match welcomes an important step to normalize trade in the EU
Swedish Match welcomes the government’s decision today to start a process aimed at ultimately lifting the ban on the export of Swedish snus to consumers within the European Union.
“The government’s move is an important first step towards the normalization of Sweden’s trade relationship with the rest of the E.U. Swedish Match looks forward to the current ban being replaced by clear product regulation that would allow us to compete with our quality products on the same conditions as other Swedish companies,” said Patrik Hildingsson, Vice President Public Affairs at Swedish Match. He was commenting on the decision by the Swedish Government to ask the EU Commission for a review of the export ban on Swedish snus in the EU.
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