I don't often write snus reviews. It's not that I can't; it's just that my credo has always been in…
General Loose (lös) Snus doesn't make the cut in US stores Based on consumer demand, Swedish Match North America (SMNA)…
Swedish Match acquires Danish snus manufacturer V2 Tobacco! In a surprise announcement this morning, V2 Tobacco announced they had been…
The calls for banning flavored nicotine-containing products has been primarily a long and vocal one when it comes to vapor…
After 2 and a half years of fumbling the Swedish Match application for Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) status on…
I don't often write snus reviews. It's not that I can't; it's just that my credo has always been in judging a snus, the mouth of each snus user is the ultimate judge for that person.
I do make exceptions when I snus is particularly offensive, amazingly good, or it has a unique story behind it. Offroad Snubie Brandy Alexander Portion Snus hits two of those buttons: it's amazingly good and has a great backstory.
The calls for banning flavored nicotine-containing products has been primarily a long and vocal one when it comes to vapor and e-cigarettes. Poking out of the eSmoke debate is a new threat that hits my community much closer to home: a ban on flavored mint and wintergreen snus and smokeless tobacco.
San Francisco, Oakland, St. Paul, and Canton have proposed regulations to effectively slash the availability of all smokeless tobacco products and ban outright wintergreen and mint flavored dip and snus. Since US sales of these flavors make up 60% of the total US market, this will be a huge blow to national Adult Tobacco Harm Reduction (ATHR) efforts to switch current cigarette smokers to safer nicotine alternatives.
"Medically approved" products like Big Pharma's nicotine gum are of course excluded in these new regulations. New nicotine pouches and dissolvables which contain no tobacco like Swedish Match's new ZYN product have no such luck and fall under the proposed bans as well.
Based on consumer demand, Swedish Match North America (SMNA) has pulled the loose cut version of General Snus from its 20,000 US retail locations catalog. About 98% of all General Snus sold over the counter (OTC) in US convenience and tobacco stores is of the portion snus variety.
In a surprise announcement this morning, V2 Tobacco announced they had been aquired by Swedish Match AB. V2 Tobacco is a privately held smokeless tobacco company, primarily active in Europe. V2 Tobacco is headquartered in Silkeborg, Denmark.
To snus users around the world, V2 is most famous for their Thunder Snus line of high nicotine snuses.
After 2 and a half years of fumbling the Swedish Match application for Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) status on their General Snus products sold in US convenience stores, the FDA announced on Dec 14th they had taken "action".
After a careful review of the entire MRTPA process concerning General Snus and FDA's eventual ruling, a fair-minded person can only conclude that NO tobacco product will ever win MRTP status, regardless of the merits, from this FDA Center for Tobacco Products.
This begs the question, Congressional mandate notwithstanding, why does FDA perpetuate this cruel, expensive, and time consuming farce? Simply make the MRTPA process a one page form, hold the required public comment period, and then deny the application. That would save both the government and the manufacturer huge amounts of money while delivering the same outcome as the current process...minus the hypocrisy.
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