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EU: Paternity with children and health lifestyle has led to smoking in Sweden
Swedish father’s time with his children through the withdrawal of parental leave combined with a healthier lifestyle is the reason why men’s smoking in Sweden according to the EU is Europe’s lowest!
EU jurist Eva Karlsson – Senior Legal Counselor, Directorate 2, Employment, Social Affairs, Education, Agriculture, Fisheries – presented completely new and thus unexplored and unexplained arguments in the Euraope court in Luxembourg when the hearing was held on January 25th about the Swedish snus .
In research, however, it has been proven that access to snuff is crucial to fewer smoking.
“I have never heard that Dad’s withdrawal of parental leave was used to explain that smoking has diminished in Sweden,” says Bengt Wiberg, sniper and winner of Tobacco Global Award 2017 for his invention of Sting Free Snus.
He was in Luxembourg in the whole of the court proceedings in the European Court of Justice.
Researchers in place
Arguments were presented to maintain the EU ban on snus and to remove the ban so that the product becomes free to use as an alternative to tobacco products that smoke.
The hearing of the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Justice, was conducted following an appeal against the EU snuff ban initiated by Swedish Match and the independent British consumer organization New Nicotine Alliance (NNA). In addition to NNA’s experts, including Professor Gerry Stimson, New Nicotine Alliance, researchers included Dr. Lars Ramström, Institute for Tobacco Studies, Täby, and Dr. Karl Erik Lund, Folkehelseinstitutet (FHI), Oslo and Bergen.
Skeptical for political reasons
“There is cautious optimism that the European Court of Justice will remove the EU’s snuff ban, not least because of the extensive scientific evidence that snus use is significantly less harmful than smoking cigarettes,” says Bengt Wiberg, and notes that …
“Several judges also expressed great skepticism about the uses of the EU institutions against the snus, and openly suggested that several of them instead appeared to have political reasons, not public health and scientific. (T & M 2018-02-01)
Press release from NNA: The EU calls on European judges to maintain the ban on popular smoking substitutes
- The European Court of Justice hears about a ban on snus
- EU institutions argued that smoking reduction in Sweden depends on “healthy lifestyle”, not by snus
- The UK government said the ban was to “protect public health”
- Researchers say there is “absolutely no doubt” that snus is a key factor in reducing smoking
The EU institutions have called on the European Court of Justice to maintain the ban on smokers’ product snuff, which was introduced in 1992. They opposed an action brought by Swedish Match manufacturer at a hearing on January 25, 2018.
The oral tobacco product is used daily by 20 percent of the population in Sweden, which was exempted from the ban when it became a member of the EU in 1995. Smoking in Sweden has fallen from being more than 50 percent in the 1960s to only 5 percent. This is by far the lowest level in the EU where the average daily smoke rate is 24 percent.
Outside the EU, snus is also popular in Norway, which announced this month that smoking has halved over the past ten years to 11 percent. It has become white-white, which is now 12 percent.
European Parliament counselors told the court that these dramatic cases had nothing to do with snus. It was instead the result of “healthy lifestyle”. At the same time, the European Council claimed that “high levels of parental leave for men” in Sweden reduced smoking because it was the reason that men could not smoke while they were with their children.
The UK and Norwegian government argued that the ban should be retained with the Council to Britain that it was to “protect public health.”
The legal action is supported by the Consumer Charity New Nicotine Alliance. After hearing, President Gerry Stimson said: “Snus has been the gate away from smoking for both Sweden and Norway, which has led to much better health status. It is disappointing that although the British government has changed from opposing e-cigarettes to being an enthusiastic supporter, it has still not changed the EU’s snus ban as it was crucial to push forward. “
His comments (echoed back) by the expert on smoking substitute, Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos: “There is absolutely no doubt that access to snus in Sweden and Norway has played a decisive role in the rapid reduction of the proportion of smokers.”
An academic study in 2017 showed that up to 355,000 deaths could have been avoided in just one year if the use of smoking and snus in Sweden had been replicated, copied, in the rest of Europe. )
Contact: Professor Gerry Stimson, New Nicotine Alliance +44 7872 700 908z
Notes 1 20% of the population in Sweden are daily users of oral / chewed / nasal two-back. See footnote on page 73 of the EU Eurobarometer 2017 2. Daily smoking fell from 8% to 5% in Sweden over the last three years. The EU average is 24%. See page 27 of the EU Eurobarometer 2017 3. Norway’s smoking figures fall from 22% to 11%. See Reuters January 18, 2018 4. World Health Organization: Snus is “significantly less dangerous” than smoking. EU Commission: The health benefits of smoking are “undeniable”. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Authorized Snus after Comprehensive Testing 5. Two academic studies have shown that if snus was available in other Europe, it could save between 200,000 and 355,000 lives each year. (Brad Rodu, 2004, Snus Commission Report, 2017) – See table on page 19 of annual mortality gap in your country.