Do not be sniffed: More Norwegians change from cigarettes to snus

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Official figures show that more Norwegians use snus – a form of snus in Nordic countries – rather than nicotine-fixed cigarettes.

In Norway, the preference for snus is bound to rekindle the debate over the health effects of the product, a damp powdery smoke under the lips.

Although its sales are illegal across the EU, it is exempt in Sweden, while Norway is not a member of the European Union.
According to the Norwegian Bureau of Statistics SSB, in 2017, 12% of snuff was used daily in Norway compared to 11% in daily smokers.

Under Oslo’s ambitious anti-tobacco policy, Norway became one of the first countries in the world to ban smoking in public places in June 2004.

Cigarettes cost about 11 euros ($ 13.50) per pack, and Norway used neutral packaging last year.

Since 2007, the number of smokers has been reduced by half, and smokers make up 22% of the population every day.
But snus consumption has taken off and cigarettes have been rising. In 2016, 12% of smokers were daily smokers, while 10% of snuff was used. The cost per box was slightly above 9 euros.

The product became popular in the 18th century and became the target of the tobacco industry.

Last November, the government won a lawsuit against Swedish manufacturer Matchman, a producer that refused to sell its snuff in neutral packaging. Swedish Match appeal decision.

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