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Swedish Snus and the EU

“320 000 LIVES CAN BE SAVED!”

Since June 2017, Northerner.com stopped selling Swedish snus to the EU. But Swedish snus has in fact, been banned for sale in EU since 1992, except for in Sweden.
The ban is now in the hands of the Court of Justice (ECJ), and April 12th we will know if the law will be revoked or not. Final judgement on snus in EU will be made by the ECJ in 2-5 months.

Bengt Wiberg, the founder of Sting Free Snus and #EUforsnus is deeply involved in the process and have been fighting for the right of using snus in EU countries since the last months.

Let’s start with the question everyone is asking themselves, why is it not legal to buy/sell snus to the EU?

It’s a long story involving a US smokeless tobacco product aggressive marketing towards youth in UK in the beginning of the 90’s. Scotland protested and got the European Union to ban snus completely in 1992 in all member states.
When Sweden applied for membership in 1995 we insisted on a permanent exception from the snus ban for Sweden and we got it. Since the exception is permanent and written in the accession treaty of EU, there is no possibility to change that fact unless 100 % of all Eu members, including Sweden, vote for a change. Therefore, it is astonishing to read what Sweden’s minister of trade, Ann Linde, expressed in a Göteborgsposten (a major Swedish newspaper) interview, where she defends the reason why the Swedish government did not in any way support Swedish snus in the ECJ court case on removing the snus ban in EU.  Her reply was “…because then we can’t be certain that we will be allowed to keep the derogation for snus. I refuse to engage in any action that may put Swedes right to use snus at risk.
Why is this not true? Because Sweden’s right to snus is written in the EU accession treaty that can only be modified if all EU countries, including Sweden, agree to change it.

In the present EU Tobacco Directive implemented in 2016, the novel nicotine product E-cigarettes was approved while snus remained banned.

Can you give us a summery on the first trial in Luxemburg that you participated in this January?

Background
I became involved in the consumer charity organization New Nicotine Alliance’s (NNA) challenge of the EU’s ban on snus a year ago. NNA is a court approved intervenor supporting Swedish Match fight for allowing snus in EU in court.  NNA’s campaign shows that any group of consumers in the world can make a difference. Indeed, it was NNA’s upcoming hearing in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in January 2018 that inspired me to set up a social media campaign #EUforsnus a few weeks earlier with the help of German friend and fellow snus enthusiast, Uwe Hille of Snusfreak.com.

So, on January 24, the day before the snus trial hearing, Me and Uwe travelled to Luxembourg and met up with the representatives from NNA including its chairman Professor Gerry Stimson. NNA also had world renowned scientists Doctor Lars Ramström, of the Institute for Tobacco Studies, and Doctor Karl Erik Lund, Senior researcher of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in place in Luxembourg. Both of them supporting the end of the EU snus ban due to the big public health aspects. Swedish Match also had the good company of several famous scientists during the trial hearing.

The court hearing took some 4,5 hours and was fascinating. Months before the trial hearing, parties of the trial had submitted written statements of evidence and arguments that each party since had the availability to study. So did the judges of ECJ.  At the court hearing each party got 15 minutes to verbally present their position. The parties were the EU Commission, EU Council, EU Parliament, the Norwegian and United Kingdom state representatives, Swedish Match and NNA. Since major new scientific evidence had showed up after submitting the original documents submitted to court, Swedish Match as well as NNA brought up the Global Burden of Disease Study published in the international journal The Lancet in September 2017. The scientific meta-study is one of the biggest ever conducted and covering many years of scientific data. A meta-analysis is a statistical analysis that combines the results of multiple scientific studies.

The study concluded that snus and snuff (nasal snuff) have 0 % increased risk for any health outcome, including all forms of cancers, as compared to people not using snus at all.

After that the seven judges of the ECJ put questions to some of the parties.  The judges were particularly razor sharp addressing the EU organizations legal representatives. One judge noted that there was a big discrepancy in the conclusions in the evidence offered by the EU institutions and the expert witnesses, and asked the EU Commission: “Should the Court conclude that you blend together evidence to find a solution more appropriate policy wise that accords with your view?” Another judge asked whether it might be politically difficult to lift the ban and asked whether that had colored the judgement of the institutions with regards to the scientific evidence. One judge questioned whether the institutions were supporting the ban because snus is harmful and addictive or because of a wish to ban nicotine. A judge proposed that snus could be sold in pharmacies only.

The trial hearing was all in all filled with non-factual arguments from the opponents of removing the snus ban. I personally filled about 25 handwritten pages of notes and caught several outright lies from the institutions. The legal counsel for the European Parliament told the court that these dramatic falls in male smoking had nothing to do with snus (!). It was instead the result of “healthy living.” Meanwhile the European Council argued that “high levels of parental leave for men” in Sweden were reducing smoking as it meant men could not smoke as they were with their children. These remarks have never heard of before and totally lack scientific evidence. My thoughts went to the latest Försäkringskassan public statistics that shows that 75 % of Swedish children’s parental leave is utilized by the female parents. Another fact is that Swedish parental leave can be distributed, according to the parents’ wishes, during the child’s first 12 years i.e. from 0-12 years. The statement that Swedish men’s “healthy living style” is a major reason why they have almost gone smoke-free, and not snus, is not only untrue but also an insult to Swedish women. All this nonsense while scientists say “absolutely no doubt” that snus is a key factor in fall in smoking.

Many experts, me included, who participated in the court judge that the chance that the court will abandon the snus ban in the EU is fair. NNA found in their arguments that “the right to health” and to be able to choose “significantly less harmful products” instead of cigarettes is a human right protected both by the World Health Organization (WHO) and EU law. Another argument rightfully used by Swedish Match is that the snus ban is disproportionate because Swedish snus is basically the only product containing nicotine, which cannot be sold in the EU.

The #EUforsnus campaign is now present on Euforsnus.org, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn, Bengt says. The campaign on Facebook alone has close to 2 600 members from 90 countries, 44 per cent of these are women, and 68 per cent are 34 years old or younger. I think the younger generation doesn’t flatly fall for tobacco control’s blunt attempts to brand snus as dangerous and comparing it to cigarettes, when the facts are that smoking kills and snus do not.

Gerry Stimson and Bengt Wiberg at ECJ 25 Jan 2018 photo by Uwe Hille of Snusfreak.com

What will happen April 12th?

On 12th of April the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General, Henrik Øe will announce his preliminary decision on the question about ending the snus ban in EU. Henrik Øe is a highly experienced Danish lawyer, prosecutor, human rights head and former consumer ombudsman.

The Advocate General has the highest juridical responsibility in the court case of the snus. He has a huge responsibility on his shoulders since there are about 100 million smokers of cigarettes in EU today that are discriminated from using snus as a method to quit smoking. There are also several hundred thousand of snus lovers already in EU who are forbidden to access the considerably less harmful smokeless tobacco product of snus.

They final decision from the court will be made sometime during the period June-October 2018.

I have been asked “what happens” if ECJ decide to end the snus ban in EU. According to a very experienced lawyer I talked to in Luxembourg, I’m not at liberty to say his name at this moment, it means the law on the ban will cease to exist. It would be removed from the EU Tobacco directive all together, as I understand it. This means that no EU membership state can forbid its citizens to buy Swedish snus online- or in any other way. This taking effect immediately and including all EU countries at the same time. This would be the greatest court decision for tobacco harm reduction ever taken in history. The reason being is that two independent scientific studies by professor Brad Rodu (USA) and the other one by Snuskommissionen (Sweden) shows that IF EU men would adapt the same tobacco consumption habits as in Sweden, i.e. using snus instead of smoking, over 320 000 EU citizens lives could be saved from premature death each year. Smoking caused sickness’s cause about 7 million deaths yearly at a cost to the world society of over 1 trillion $ (1 000 billion $) annually according to the latest WHO report of 2017.

Why do you think Swedish snus should be legal to sell to EU countries? And why do you think that snus is illegal when cigarettes are not?

That’s the easiest question of all. Because snus saves lives and has to this date never taken a life! To deprive adult humans a product of outstanding less harm than cigarettes is in my opinion nothing else than “taking lives” deliberately. The EU institutions unspoken option to the EU population seem to be “Quit (smoking) or die” and thus skipping the fact that there are far less harmful alternatives available like e.g. snus or E-cigarettes! The common factors between snus and E-cig is that they both contain nicotine and are considerably less harmful than smoking.
1,2 billion people smoke cigarettes in the world according to WHO and a majority of these cannot manage to quit “just like that” without a safer and affordable substitute.

Snus is the cause of what the scientific world call “The Swedish Experience” i.e. the main reason why Sweden has the lowest rate of male smokers in all EU as well as the lowest rate of tobacco mortality.  I had the rare opportunity to ask the Director of FDA Tobacco, Mr Mitch Zeller, during the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum in New York City, the question what his thoughts were on the Swedish Experience of snus and he replied that “I hope it will be heard by everybody in this room, that FDA absolutely understands the Swedish Experience”, besides being one of the main reasons why snus is allowed in the USA. The whole thing was said in front of 350 directors from tobacco companies from all over the world and is available on here.

The reason for snus being banned, and cigarettes not, in EU, is in my opinion purely political. If science facts alone would rule, snus would have been approved long ago since it is without any doubt whatsoever considerably less harmful than cigarettes.

Finally, I would like to inform the readers that nicotine is not what kills people. Not tobacco in itself either. It is the smoking gases that are created when inhaling cigarette smoke that cause cancer and cardiovascular diseases and that cause sicknesses and death. To quote one of the most renown scientists in the world, Professor Brad Rodu. “Nicotine causes no disease relating to smoking or smokeless tobacco use”. Many people don’t even know this fact, yet they might think that nicotine gums, patches or pouches that are very expensive (compared to snus) are safer than snus when in fact they are similar and both considerably less harmful than smoking.
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About Bengt Wiberg

Bengt Wiberg is a 60-year-old MBA and the inventor of Sting Free Snus. A brand-new design of the snus portion bag itself, adding a protective side that does not sting/burn or irritate the gums and oral mucosa. Last year, the invention became patent-approved in Sweden and now it is also patented applied for in the United States and in the rest of Europe.

In September 2017, Sting Free Snus won the awards “Most exciting newcomer to the industry” and the “Golden Leaf Award” at the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum in New York City. The international jury’s motivation was that it is a great product of tobacco harm reduction since “the stinging sensation associated with snus acts as a deterrent to many would-be users” and that it “could easily be considered the greatest snus innovation since the invention of the pouch.”

The sting-free snus has also attracted a lot of media attention in the last year in many big Swedish- and International newspapers like Aftonbladet and Tobacco Reporter. Swedish Match has signed a licensing agreement for producing sting-free varieties of snus, but do not have exclusive rights, why more manufacturers are expected to follow.

Read more about Sting Free Snus here:
www.stingfreesnus.com
www.facebook.com/stingfreesnus
https://www.facebook.com/groups/EUforsnus/
http://euforsnus.org/

 

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Jakobsson’s Special Salmiak – Henrik Jakobsson’s Edition

“it’s simply elegance”

Hi guys!

This review will be about Jakobsson’s Special Salmiak (Ammonium)

And this can is one of Jakobsson’s selected flavors, that goes no one by, by the look of the can. It has Henrik Jakobssons signature on it, and it is not like the other cans that Jakobssons have made – it’s simply elegance. You can see with your eyes that this is one of their masterpieces. And I must say that it’s a real pleasure just to watch it.

The flavor of this one is ammonium. A personal opinion is that in most cases, that never works out as a good plan – and may have a connection to that I’m not a very huge fan of it. But hey, let’s not judge a book by its cover (really not in this case, cause the can is beautiful!)

Once I cracked the can, a really strong smell of ammonium just exploded out of it. In Sweden we have an herbal medicine that is called Kan Jang, and it smells on point like it. So the relate to it is not far away. The pouches are well packed, so no bigger adjustment is needed. So I put a pouch in, and yepp – it taste just like it smells. But you get used to it after just a few minutes. And it lays under the lip just perfect, it’s almost as it was crafted after my snusing pit. The nicotine kicks in after about 35 minutes, and it has a really nice mix of tobacco and a hint of ammonium. And that fits me absolutely! It’s not that strong though, but it’s a very pleasing flow on it.
You can have one in for easy an hour after it begins to run. After that the effect slows down.

So, I’m not recommending this for a beginner snuser, cause even if I don’t think that is that strong, it sure is a lot stronger than many other options with the same flavor.

Overall, with the fact that I’m not a huge fan of ammonium, I’m giving this one a 6/10. But I’m absolute sure that it’s an easy  for the one that prefers it.

Until next time!
Robin

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U Sample no15 Strong White Slim

 

“I fell in love with this one”

Hi guys!

This review will be about a snus that I fell in love with after just one pouch. It’s the U Sample no15, Licorice Mint – Strong White Slim.
Yeah, I know, it’s a really long name for a logotype, but that’s where the design professionals does their magic, and just comes up with a really simple but yet clean design. Hat’s off for you guys, you nailed it!

So, let me tell you why I fell in love with this one.

First of all, as a mentioned earlier, it has a clean and simple design – no fancy extraordinary stuffs. Just… Perfect! And the second part, licorice and mint. This is an absolute perfect combination, just because that one flavor does not hit out the other flavor. Mint in a snus is familiar to toothpaste, which everyone knows is just fresh – and the licorice part just makes it a little more toothpaste and more of a snus. Yeah, complicated explaining here, and sure it makes no sense what so ever, but you get it. They just mix up really fantastic together.

So, once I opened the can, the smell of mint zips out, and it’s a joy to smell. (This, and I know that every pouch that has even the smallest amount of mint in it will burn a little extra) I put a pouch in, and the mint flavor hangs in there, and almost directly it starts to burn on the gum. I somehow like this, how weird it may sound, hehe.
Once the nicotine kicks in, after about 45 minutes, you can feel the hints of licorice in, and the mint puts in an extra gear. After about another 15-20 minutes the mint slows down, and the licorice takes over completely. This is the downside of it, from my point of view. Cause I’m not a big fan of licorice itself. But it’s bearable, cause the mint stays in the background all the time.
And yes, U Sample actually always delivers when they type Strong on their can. Their snus is always strong, and a little extra. That’s another gold star from me!

I would recommend this snus to the person that likes strong snus. Mainly cause it actually is a pretty strong pouch you put under your lip.

So, U Sample – you get a  from me, and a huge Thank you!

 

Until next time,

Robin

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Knox Slim Original White

“The pouches are perfectly packed”

Hey friends!

So, I’m about to review Knox Slim Original White, but would just like to take a moment to uplift the Slim-pouches. I think it’s absolutely amazing, to be honest.

So, with that said, it’s now time for the review!
The can is a nice traditional round can, with a clean layout. And that’s just the thing! It is not an advanced layout, just because the snus is not an advanced snus. Haha, talk about sounding prejudiced! I’m no stranger to Knox, quite the opposite – I’m a big fan of the brand. So to test this Slim edition has been a real pleasure.

So I cracked the can, and yepp – it smells just like how a Knox pouch should smell – Tobacco. Lovely if you ask me. The pouches are perfectly packed – they have really used every space available in the bag. And well, not that I’m a fan of it, it’s dry (mostly because that it is White portion). But trust me on this one, it aint a problem! Once you put it under your lip, you feel how comfortable the pouch is. You don’t have to do any adjustments (I would seriously be impressed if you were able to make a bigger adjustment on it, hehe) It starts to run after about 55 minutes – a little too long time if you ask me. It runs nice – not too much, but not to less. It’s really good balanced.

The thing I missed about this, is that it’s not that strong that an Knox uses to be. But hey, don’t take it as an complain – only the fact that it’s a slim portion makes it a winner nine time out of ten! You can have it in for another hour, then it starts to lose the nicotine.

Last, but not least,

Let’s talk about recommendations. Knox Slim Original White is a snus for anyone. It’s perfect for the person that only wants a pouch sometime now and then – but it absolutely works as a daily basis snus. So, this will be the snus I recommend if someone wants to begin snusing – but doesn’t want a too strong one. Overall, Knox made it to the finishingline – with bravura.

I’m giving it a

Until next time,
Stay well!
Robin

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Grov Portion

“the holy grail of snus”

I’m not a morning person. In fact, I am the absolute opposite. I need a big cup of black coffee,

That’s my morning ritual. You can postpone the breakfast, if you just have some coffee (if you are a coffee person so to say). This, and a snus of course. In the morning it’s not really that important what kind of snus it is, just as long as you have something under the lip. The missing piece. But there is something special with this one.

Grov Portion – the holy grail of snus, in my own opinion. Of all the snus that I have tried among the years, I’ve managed to always return to Grov Portion. For me, it’s the piece that closes the circle. It’s the snus that makes every morning a little bit better.

It has this wonderful sort of wooden taste, and a lovely strong tobacco flavour.

And I would actually go so far, that I will say it tastes nostalgic. Grov Portion is the snus that your father, uncle, grandpa and so on. was snusing. At least in my case. It has that childhood smell. The same smell that newly done pancakes smells like. Well… not as pancakes, but you get the picture.

Speaking of time!

Once you put the snus in you will not have to wait more than just 25 minutes before the nicotine kicks in, and the flavour remains even after 1hour – and is still going strong. This is one of the main reasons I snus Grov. You can have the can longer, and don’t need to rush down to the corner shop 5 minutes before closing, just because you only have 4 left.

If you don’t snus that often, it not a big deal. The bags are soggy, and remains so even after a week (that is actually the longest time I’ve had a can.) Even though I am convinced that you can have one for longer.

I think that it is a snus for a person that has been snusing original portion. Considering the fact that it has a strong tobacco flavour, and that the nicotine kicks in pretty fast.

So overall, as earlier mentioned, Grov Portion is my holy grail of snus,

I would absolutely give it a 

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Offroad Gold Selection Portion

“Offroad Gold Selection really is a golden selection”

Hey friends,

It’s time to rate this nice little fella, Offroad Gold Selection Portion.
I must say that I was really happy when I saw the can, cause it is a really fine can with nice golden details on a carbon black background. It really has a stylistically pure impact, almost as when you lay your eyes on a perfectly designed car – a pure satisfaction for the eye. So basicly, you get the feeling that it’s a snus for real snusers, at least I did!

The description from the producer of the snus, described it as a “classic tobacco taste with hints of bergamot.” Once I opened the can, a nice tobacco and citrus mixed aroma just spread through the room. So, my first impression of the snus was “Alright, the smell is perfect”.

So how about the taste?
One thing that did cross my mind, was that the bags was not as filled. So I nearly knew from the beginning that the bag was going to twist itself, once it start to run. The bags are moist, but not so you get smudgy on your fingers. So, I put one under the lip, and the tobacco smell sustained with a strong flavour. This, and a really, really nice citrus taste. And I’ll have to agree with the producer, it has a nice hint of bergamot. So, to say about the taste is that Offroad Gold Selection really is a golden selection.

The nicotine kicked in fast, just about 25 minutes. But it did only last for about an hour and half. But don’t get me wrong, it’s no shame in that, cause it’s a very pleasing hour and a half! And considering the fact that the bags are not so well packed, I must say that I was honestly surprised that it did last so long.

Offroad Gold Selection gets an  from me.

I would recommend this to everyone, cause it is a nice snus experience!

Until next time
Robin

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Al Capone Green Extra

“beautiful fresh wintergreen smell”

Hi guys,

When you first open up the tub of Al Capone Green Extra you are greeted by a beautiful fresh smelling wintergreen smell with tobacco hints as well. The smell is nice and strong and lingers in your nostrils which is awesome.

When I first put one of the portions under my lip I could immediately taste that awesome wintergreen taste and boy did it last. Could still taste the wintergreen a good 45 minutes in however after about 30 minutes you start to get tobacco flavors as well. Once again I find that chew bags seem to drip less then normal snus portions! Anyone else found it to be like this??

This is one product that I will order again for sure.

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Thunder NRG Portion

“this one is the Armageddon of snus”

Aloha friends!

So I recieved this really cool looking can, named Thunder NRG. And wow, just wow. It has this really cool design, with lightning bolts, and thick red coloured text. I got the same exited feeling as I had when I bought one of my favorite TV-games of all times (Ninja Gaiden 2, hehe). Anyhow, the design made me happy – just because it simply looks badass.

Once I opened the can, a strong smell of candy and energydrink spread in the air (I was sitting outside when I opened it. Even the people I was with, sitting a couple of meters from me asked where the smell came from. It has a really stingy aroma. Before I put a snus under my lip, I’m always inspecting the bags. Just so I can answer some simple questions in my head. Such as: how are the bags packed? Is it moist? Do I have to do any corrections on the bag before I put it under my lip?

I have to say, Thunder NRG Portion is a perfectly balanced snus in every aspect of it. It’s well packed, so any corrections aren’t necessary. And yes, it is moist. We are, what you call it in love – a perfect match.

Now it’s finally time to taste it. I put this perfectly packed bag under the lip and it strikes me how strong it I, and really how sweet it tastes. The producers really found that perfect combination of taste and smell. I can feel the energy drink-taste, and the sweetness of some candy. My cousin told me, when I began to snus that I will cross some really “dangerous” snus. With dangerous he means that it tastes extremely nice. If a snus can be dangerous, this one is the Armageddon of snus, seriously.

After I had it in for about 15 minutes, the nicotine hit me like a baseball bat in the face. Sorry for capslocking, but JESUS CHRIST, THIS ONE IS REALLY STRONG. But I said to myself to hang in there, cause believe me people, I wanted to take it out. But just to give it a properly correct review, and for the experience, I did. The strong level just remains, and remains, even after an hour and half. And then it slows down in the running. After about two hours, it doesn’t run so much.

The single handed best thing with this snus, is that it gives you the same feeling after each bag. I was almost exhausted after a snus of this. But I really enjoyed it. I think that this is one of my new favourite snus. But, this is under the category of extreme strong snus, so I would not recommend it to a person that’s not a longtime snuser, or a strong snuser.

I give this one and easy 

Until next time
Robin

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