Christian Engström, Pirat

(This is a translation of an article in Swedish)

Before he resigned
in a corruption scandal over the Swedish traditional smoke-free tobacco product snus, ex-commissioner John Dalli drafted a revision of the tobacco products directive, which the European Commission has now presented.

The draft directive contains a continued ban on the sale of snus outside Sweden (Sweden has a permanent exception to this ban), and a ban on flavours like eucalyptus and mint in any tobacco products (including snus sold in Sweden). It also contains a ban on the electronic cigarettes that are beginning to come to the market.

None of these policies make any sense.

I use snus, and I think it’s inconvenient and idiotic that I can’t buy snus when I’m in Brussels or Strasbourg, when I can buy both cigarettes (that are far more harmful to my health) and most other kinds of smokeless tobacco, even…

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