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Snus, Tobacco and eCigarette Legislative information not published in other articles on SnusCentral.org

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.

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.

Monday, 27 June 2016 16:00

Brexit to the EU Snus Ban!

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In a historic referendum on 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union.  The ramifications of Brexit, both the good and the bad, have been the leading discussion topic in the UK, the EU, and around much of the world ever since. 

As a Swedish Snus Ambassador, my first thought was "does this mean Swedish snus is (or will be) legal to purchase in the UK?".  Let's take a look at that.....

Once again, the Swedish government caved to EU interference concerning Swedish snus.  On May 20, 2016 the EU's Tobacco Products Directive was implemented in Swedish legislation, which among other things means new health warnings on snus cans.....  

New Tougher Food Product Regulations for Undesirable Substances in Swedish Snus

The Swedish National Food Agency (think FDA in the US) is the authority that issues regulations for snus/chewing tobacco manufacturers in Sweden.

A revised regulation specifying the permitted content of any snus sold on the Swedish market was issued on 11 April 2016, specifying not only which additives may be used, but the permitted maximum levels for certain undesirable substances.....

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 12:25

Swedish Match on Snus and Regulations

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Swedish Match believes that tobacco regulation will continuously become more global in character and steadily increase in scope...

Today, FDA issued a quite frankly poorly written press release entitled FDA issues first product marketing orders through premarket tobacco application pathway.

FDA News - General Snus gains PMTA approvalSince General Snus and the eight products Swedish Match sells over-the-counter (OTC) are involved, there has been understandable confusion.  Up until now, the focus on US General Snus OTC products has revolved around the Modified Risk Tobacco Product Application (MRTPA) made by Swedish Match over a year ago.

In their General Snus MRTPA, Swedish Match is asking FDA to eliminate and/or change three of the four mandatory warning labels required on all cans of snus sold in the US.  The most obvious are eliminating the cancer and tooth loss labels since they are so factually inaccurate.

Today's announcement concerns General Snus and the Premarket Tobacco Application (PMTA) pathway.  Confused yet?  I was after reading the FDA press release since they jumbled both PMTA and MRTP in a statement only a technocrat could love.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 15:17

Snus Leaks: Things we aren't supposed to know

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This year there have been a rash of WikiLeaks-style unofficial snus product information leaks.  Some have appeared on Instagram but some are from inside sources.  Swedish Match has suffered the worst and is yet to plug the internal leaker.

The upcoming launch of GR' Original Portion Snus, The LAB 22 and LAB 24 slim portion snuses with Zylitol, and Nick & Johnny Green Ice Slim portion are old news now although not yet on the market......

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